Play better golf with Denise Hastings
golf tuition, clinics and schools in the UK and overseas with Denise Hastings, Fellow of the PGS and NPL Practitioner
Where to?
golf schools in the UK and abroad
corporate golf days
golf lessons and clinics
golf lessons and clinics
latest news from Denise
golf tips and hints
in Denise's golf bag
testimonials from happy clients
contact Denise
a brief history
T1 PRO -- Denise's vanity car plates!
Denise posing in the sun

Denise showing how to unplug a ball from a bunker

Denise teaching a group lesson

the course at Benalup

a group at the driving range

setting up a put

the string putting tip

what Denise has in her golf bag

Denise showing how to unplug a golf ball from a bunker

relaxing on the course

a school hard at practice on the driving range

teaching on the driving range

teaching on the driving range

DH golf ball

And here's what Denise's clients have to say
From Jim

Thank you very much for an excellent week, you continued professional
attitude, knowledge of the game and the ability to pass it on to others is
outstanding. A master in your chosen profession.

Learnt loads and golfing my confidence has risen to an all time high, thank
you.

Will be in touch soon.

From Mike & Avril

Now that we have returned from Spain and Austria (back to back hence the delayed reply following the holiday in Spain), both Avril and I would like to say a big thank you to you and your team for the very enjoyable week we spent with Denise in Spain. The event was a great success and Denise did a great job and is an excellent coach/teacher, probably the best we have ever experienced. The hotel was great and the local staff a credit to their employers, we thoroughly enjoyed the week and the group worked very well together not least because of the excellent skills of Denise in making everyone very welcome and very much part of the process. Please also thank Kerry at HQ who was very helpful at all times as well as being very pleasant to deal with.

From Marge
I can’t begin to tell you how very much your lesson last Thurs. has helped me. Haven’t done a single shank -you see I can even say that word without going into a paroxysm of fear! Am SO much enjoying my golf now and look forward to every shot with happy enthusiasm. Judy too enjoyed her day very much but is struggling a little with the straight arms bit, am sure it will come with practise .Thank you very much and love from both of use. Progress so far – won a golf comp. on Mon. and had 36 pts. yesterday.
From Phil

Just been looking at your web site (I should be working LOL), thought I would drop you a quick line to thank you so much for making the week in Istlantilla such a great experience. I know you will be very busy, so dont worry if you dont have time to reply. I will try to leave feedback on the form provided on your web site.
Well back in blighty now for nearly 2 weeks & how is my golf going... played in the usual men's comp @ Haigh Hall 1st Sunday back, but felt a bit "golfed out", played last Friday on the "Captains Day Out" @ Old Padeswood Golf Club in North Wales, near Mold / Buckley.

Got there early for bacon butties & did 8 holes paired up with a senior at Haigh Hall + a young(ish) visitor (ex member).

Nervous on 1st Tee but the other 2 put me at ease & before long was enjoying the game (even tho score wasn't good with 9 stableford point for 8 holes - putting letting me down !!!))

Lunch, then out for 18, played MUCH better, & even I could tell I was swinging better concentrating on the follow thro & finish (GETTING ME LEG OVER hahaLOL), hit some cracking irons (even tho I say so myself LOL), short game much improved from the morning session !!

Ended up with 36 points (3/4 handicap from 28 to 21), winner was 39 points so not too bad I think.
Had weekend off, but plan to play 9 this friday night & maybe the sunday comp.
The day out was such an enjoyable experience mainly down to the 2 guys I was with - funny but I do play better when I can chat with playing partners, some of the comps I have played in there is usually at least one grumpy "bar steward" LOL.

Gonna get sorted out with more coaching at club with one of the pro`s Craig Corrigan (who I seem to get on with), with specific goals namely follow tho / finish, then moving on to trying to be able to shape long irons / woods to achieve a draw rather than a fade, oops did I say FADE... Mmmm SLICE LOL.

Anyhow enough of me rambling, just wanted to thank you for your patience during the week & for being such a good teacher & host.
Really wanted to go on your next school in Spain (Ville de Este) but cant see me getting time off work - busy !!!!

From Sally

Thank you for very good day of coaching yesterday; it was very practical
and course relevant and we felt we could translate all of what you said into
our game.

The practice routines were just what we needed and now we must make sure we
spend the time doing them!

From Jocelyn

I thought I would just let you know that I won the 5 day prize at yesterdays Chicken and Cheese competition.† I scored 30 points so was very chuffed when told I had the winning score!

I am concentrating hard on my Short Game and at last seem to be getting some good results – so many thanks to you. Enjoyed the Workshop last week and found it very helpful.

Am now getting ready for Dubai and looking forward to the competition 8th – 11th December.

From Jean

Just wanted to let you know that my handicap is now down to 26 (6 shots since Staverton) and am very pleased. Still struggling with my chipping though so will be back to get some more help with that!!! Maybe even Spain when you have your dates sorted out.

From Fiona

Had to email you.......am so pleased!!

Have just shot a net 66 (ss was 71) and have dropped to 18.9. Am soooo pleased. It's all down to you. Made sure that I ate and drank all the way round and concentrated on what I was doing playing 3 holes at a time!

Thank u so much

From Sharon

Jane is now off 26 (lost 10 shots in 10 weeks) and I have dropped from 17 to 14. Put Jane and I down for the SOS day.

From Philip

Returned from Golf School in Istlantilla Spain. Denise is the perfect pro, patient with a good sense of humour. The week never felt like a group lesson, more of a one-to-one & the tuition out on the course was superb.

I would recomend a golf school with Denise to anyone, hope to see you again Denise in the near future.

From Jane and Guy

Many thanks for running the Benalup coaching week with such a small number of people. As always, the coaching with Denise was brilliant. How she manages to remain so upbeat when she keeps telling us the same things year after year never ceases to amaze. The hotel and golf were excellent again, as we knew it would be. The 'all inclusive' approach makes it more relaxing than any other holiday we have been on - golf, skiing or general - as, once you have booked a trolley of buggy for the week you can literally lock cash and cards away safe in the knowledge that any food or drink you want will be available simply by asking the nearest member of staff. We continue to think it is great value for money and hope that you will be able to keep it going in future years. We'll do our best to promote it to people we know as I'm sure many people would actually find they spend less overall at Benalup than they would at a similar quality hotel booked half board. It's surprising how much you can spend on drinks and lunch, even if you don't hit the wine and spirits.

Thanks again for running it - it was excellent!

Look forward to seeing you at Islantilla later in the year.

From Kristin

Good morning Denise

First of all, thanks for a fab week!!

You are really great. Professional all the way, and friend and social at the same time.
More than we can ask for.

Hope you'll find the time to visit us in Norway during the winter

From Jane

Just wanted to thank you for a very enjoyable summer school at Abbotsley. I thought the content and organisation of the course was excellent and the tuition and tips have really helped my game, and what's more important, it was a good group of people and the three days were fun!

From Jim

A very big thank-you for a wonderful 17 days golf break. My first three rounds back in France have produced fantastic results 13, 14 and 12 over par. All due to your superb instruction. I have taken it all away and practiced, it works. The warm up on the driving range is invaluable. The Golf break was superb, well balanced, professional and above all enjoyable. I am already looking forward to the next holiday with you. Good luck and best wishes to you and all the guys I met on the course.

From Susie and Keith

My husband and I met Denise for the first time at Islantilla, Spain in May of this year. We have both been playing golf for about 8 months and had been improving albeit it slowly - both of us had just broken the magical 100 barrier but only just. After spending a week with Denise our games have moved to a new level and more importantly we really understand what we need to do and what we need to not do!!! One of the first things Denise did was change our grip - it was very strange for the first day or two but it quickly became normal and has clearly helped our games. Since we have got back about a month ago we have both lost about 10 stokes from our rounds. I have regularly scored between 90 - 93 on most rounds; I have just won my first boarded competition at the club and expect to get my handicap cut from 30 to about 22 - just waiting for the formal confirmation!!! Keith has managed to break 90 for the first time with a great round of 87!!

We cannot believe the step change in our games and how easy its been to take on board Denise's instruction. We are lucky that our golf club is where Denise is based so we will be getting monthly lessons to ensure our games continue to progress and our next targets are hit.

Thank you Denise!!

From Vivien

Have just tried on my shirt and it fits like a glove, thankyou very much. You really gave us 200% last week everyone was so impressed, you put so much effort into everything, you must be the best coach in England !!!

Hope you have a good week and everyone gets home on time!!

Take care

From Beverley

Many, many thanks for your patience and encouragement over the last two days. I have learnt a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed the tuition. I'm not sure I will remember everything, but will do my best!

The DVD is excellent & you really put a lot of work into the commentary. My faults look  obvious, but your comments are so helpful. How you maintain your enthusiasm teaching is remarkable to me.

I feel absolutely exhausted, but so eager to go out tomorrow to start working on my swing.

Hope Spain is a little warmer for you next week and there is no cold soup on the menu.

From Rae

Thanks to Denise for another great week's teaching at Almerimar with the "usual end of February lot". It's always good to see "old friends" and collect some new ones. This particular week is a fine way to start the golf season and is just before the Tarleton Pro Ams in March and April. I came 6th out of 28 men and women in the Pro Am at El Rompido last week and had a nearest the pin too... but "I'm not competitive"... isn't that right Denise????

From Debbie

Well you have truly inspired me — more than you will ever know. I have recorded all the statistics you suggested for every round I have played since our holiday — working hard on the putting. I have had 2 rounds of 34 putts in total now!  Even the new grip felt comfortable the other day! Just need to improve upon the numbers of fairways hit and getting to the greens in regulation (according to my handicap!) Wow, those statistics really motivate you and show me where I need to improve.  How sad is it that I even record all the details on my card as I go around the courses now?!  I have even increased my exercises for more upper body strength... I would love to hit further than Trudy on a regular basis!

From Vivien

Thankyou so much for giving me such a lovely holiday, despite the little problems. I have never seen a teacher give so much help to everyone, we deserve to all be in single figures!

Went to play a few holes and the swing was much improved even going straight! Will let you know if I win a turkey tomorrow!!!

I really appreciate all your help, and will see you soon.
Luv Vivien

From Helen

Thought you might like to know that your tuition on Mon 17th really seems to have sunk in and yesterday on our Ladies day s/ford I came in with 43 points.  It was just one of those days when everything (nearly) just flowed.  So I am on "cloud 9" that my handicap has been cut to from 23.1 to 20.3. 

I know I need to concentrate on my short game - an another aspect going on "between the ears" - being able to cut-off from sounds and movements when taking shots.  The slightest thing seems to infiltrate so easily. 

Many thanks again, and hope to see you soon.
Best wishes,
Helen

From Ann

It was good to see you on Sat: ... you worked your magic as I played the most consistenet golf I have played for ages at Hunstanton... and we nearly won!

Thanks v much

Ann

From Debbie

My handicap has been dropped to 30! Can you believe it?

Many thanks for your help it’s all down to you

Regards

Debbie Le Quesne

From Helen

Many thanks for the notes, they are really useful to remind/reinforce the old memory banks!   And many thanks Linda for arranging the day.

The one aspect that I've assimilated straight away is the left-to-right knee weight-shift - this has really helped and I feel much more confident especially with fairway woods and has given me more distance.  Combined with more confident sand shots and putting I came out with 37 points and a slight reduction in handicap in today's stableford, so I'm well pleased.

Lots more practice on the short game required - but I'll keep at it.

Hope you enjoyed your curry or pizza with Linda, sorry I couldn't stay to join you.

Many thanks again for the day and to the point and understandable tuition.

Best wishes,
Helen

From Hilary and Pat

Dear Denise

Thank you so much for the super week that we had in Isantilla – it was great  fun and we do feel that we have benefited enormously for your lessons.  We went out to play on Friday and felt very encouraged – good chipping and the long game was much improved. Our pro, who was starting us, did actually say that my swing was excellent!  Well done you!

Take care of yourself.

Love Hilary

From Sal

Hi Brian and Denise

Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much we enjoyed our week in Islantilla. We have both learnt lots from Denise and are looking forward to putting it into practice – unfortunately it’s been raining in Manchester today so we have not felt like venturing out onto the course!! The group was fab and you were both great hosts and made the week a great success.

Helen’s prize top fits perfectly and she is very proud of winning her first ever comp – long may it continue! (Bandit!!)

We look forward to hearing about future trips and will certainly be seeing you, and hopefully the Norwegians, again.

Thanks again,

Sal

From Vivien

Thankyou so much for another lovely week, you put so much effort into the course and every one was so impressed, as they have not received such good tuition before.

I'm sure you must be exhausted, hope you have another good week, see you when you get back. take care.

Luv Vivien

From Doris

Hello! Thank's so much. I am so happy for my short game, Me and Bjørg Anita played competition yesterday and been together number 2. You are so very good teatcher. I had a very good time in Spain.

We have talk with some more person who wants to be with us next year, maybe we are twelve persons. We shal have a meetings in August/September and you hear from us.

I'm not so good in english but i understand every word, so I hope you understand my english.

Best Whishes from Doris Vik
from north Paris

From Jean

Hi Denise,

Couldn't let the holiday go into the scrapbook without a letter to say thanks for an amazing week. We arrived a totally disparate group and left part of a crowd who thanks to you had learned a lot and had loads of fun together.

When asked before travelling home what I would remember the most from the holiday, I replied ' the day I played so well features very high of course but more than that I'm overwhelmed by Denise's absolute dedication to us and the job she does'. You organised everything to maximise our progress; so our groans over the abandonment of the two shift morning system were completely ignored and on the day when the threatening weather finally interrupted play and we thought we just might get a morning off, silly idea, where else would we go but into the board room to putt along the carpet to strategically placed tee-pegs!! Well why not?? No time to be lost and yes, it was undoubtedly the best board meeting that room had ever seen!!

So, my main memory of the week? You - rooting for each and every one of us to make progress and perform well and of course with that sort of support, it was inevitable that we did. You're a star! But watch it! Don't let this go to your head. Make sure that the next group gets as good as we got!! I don't know where you'll find the energy from but I've no doubt at all that you will.

Many many thanks,

Jean

From Gerry

Dear Denise,

This is to say many thanks for ensuring we had such a brilliant time at Valle del Este. I feel that I've really benefitted from your tuition, help and encouragement. Can't wait for the weather to improve so that I can get out on the course to put it all into practice. Jenny and I had such a great week with you all and have missed not just the golf and sun but the company. Your ears must be burning as we've not stopped singing your praises!

Thanks again,

Gerry

From Vivien

Hi Denise,
Just wanted to say thankyou very much for giving us all such a lovely time, you put your heart and soul in to it, much appreciated.
Hope your mother is recovering, might see you Saturday.
Luv Vivien

From Gerry

This is to say many thanks for ensuring we had such a brilliant time at Valle del Este. I feel that I've really benefitted from your tuition, help and encouragement. Can't wait for the weather to improve so that I can get out on the course to put it all into practice. Jenny and I had such a great week with you all and have missed not just the golf and sun but the company. Your ears must be burning as we've not stopped singing your praises! Thanks again

From Lin

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the week at Valle de Este in November, as with the previous year my golf improved by leaps and bounds (which was what the ball was doing sometimes), resulting in my winning the points competition, I'm still smiling!

The hotel was excellent as was the tuition, looking forward to December already.

From Virginia

Hey thanks so much for all the tuition, good laughs and a most enjoyable time at Abbotsley this week. It was great!! I was truly humbled by my winnings and the Rioja is very nice! Had to give the stableford a miss yesterday though due to achy muscles and lower back pain.

I will remember TTT and get my leg over. I am out of  practice on that front off the course sadly... Sorry that I can’t make the 8th Oct date as I will be in Texas from the 7th for two weeks visiting my Mom.  Keep Pat up-to-date on that as I think she and her friend Liz will probably come up.

Have a good trip to Norway and enjoy the break.

Hope you will come down here soon to visit and maybe give Pat and me a lesson on the course at Blue Mountain.

From Caroline

Just wanted to say thanks for a great 2 days golf last w/e. Since May I have more confidence in my game and I'm really enjoying playing now. I'm looking forward to getting out on the course again on Sat and see if I can remember all my options from around the green!!

I may get a touch of the distance greed syndrome now I am hitting the ball better but hopefully that little voice inside my head will remind me to think of  where I want to play my next shot from! Both Sheila and I were in the trees just before the green on the 8th on Sun pm and I thought about going for it but decided to chip out onto the fairway. Sheila went for it and consequently hit the trees again – lesson learned!

However in my greed for distance (my 3 wood was flying on Sun pm by the way!) I am thinking about getting a driver and wondered if you had any advice on what I should take into consideration. Currently my woods are : 3 wood (18 degree), 5 wood (21 degree), and 7 wood (24 degree). They are all Yonnex but quite old models. Would I be better off getting one fitted?

We did eventually catch up with Viv after we'd played on Sun which was good. It would have been a shame for us all to be at her home club and not see her. Anyway, I've now got her tel number so I can keep her in the loop of any more gatherings.

From Bill and Pirjo

Just a brief note to express our thanks to you for an outstanding week of golf – Pirjo and I enjoyed the trip more than I could have imagined and that was chiefly down to you. I know for certain that I have never before held a golf club in my hands for 6 consecutive days and whilst I would not yet claim to have caught the 'golf bug' you have whetted my appetite to improve.

Yes, there is a lot to remember, think about and practice but your excellent instruction has given us both a good base to build upon. Pirjo has already won two matches since we returned (fourball/foursomes), so I must to try to get on the course much more frequently. I am looking for my confidence to build if I can develop a reliable swing. Then I might start to love the game!

The golf week in Spain was a new experience which was most enjoyable. It was nice to share it with a group of really friendly people and more than a few characters. Thank you again for being a great host and a motivational coach.

In time, we plan to be in touch about visiting you in Cambridge but it will be autumn before we can fit it in. In the meantime we both wish you a very pleasant summer and good golf business.

From Edda

First of all, thank you very much for your visit and your contribution to our company.

Thank you for your email and nice remarks.

It was my plesure to meet you finally and last but not least to be able to learn from you. I´m practising as much as I can these days the swing and still have some trouble changing. But I will never give up!

All the women who attended your course praise you very greatly and with many nice words. And for next year, I'm very keen to organize new courses with you and with better methods and better results than this year.

I wish you all the best and hope you'll have nice "vacation" at home for some time.

From Erna

Thank you very much for the excellent instructions on both courses.

I apologize for not having said goodbye and thank you at the end of the courses so I am glad I can do that now.

Please let me know or have Edda let me know when your next course is in Iceland.

From Lynn

Just love my video, I've watched it over and over again, I've shown it to my family and friends and can really see what I need to work on! wish you lived nearer Denise so that we could work on what the video shows, might be able to squeeze a lesson in on holiday, time allowing?

From Liv

It was funny, I just thought about having a look at your homepage, then saw Your September letter... Always nice to get updates even if time has not allowed me to play much golf recently. I was reading through your summer roundups and it amazed me how hectic your travel tempo was and is, yet you always talk of all your trips, groups and individuals with such optimism and love. Have to complement You! Usually I have lived a life like that. Always with a bag packed but at the shy age of 25 I find myself, to my own surprise, have become a bit more lazy... So cheers to your good karma and energy!!! ;)

Good luck with all your projects!!

From Jenny

Well first of all thank you very much - we had a brilliant time and I am sure it will make a difference to our games.

You are the best coach I know - both technically and how you work with people and groups.

For me I got much more than golf out of it - even though I am a very positive and determined person I think I had lost some confidence about being physically able to play properly again - and now I know different !!

Solheim Cup - I was getting ahead of myself 2009 is in the US,  2011 is at Killeen Castle, County Meath, Ireland.

I will get in touch with some more friends about the SOS trip.

Thanks again.

Jenny

From John via Brian Knight at Tarleton Travel

Just thought I should drop a line regarding last week in Almerimar.

The hotel – excellent

The golf course – as I expected, but more so (where did the mosquito’s come from?)

The company – old and new ‘victims’ of the week made me feel most welcome

Denise Hastings – has changed my outlook of the game, and my game itself and once everything settles down I think I will be most happy with the way I will play.

I have only one complaint – as do several of the others – and that is the fact that on the way back to the airport we were worried by the coach driver with his hand held mobile phone and hand gestures.

All in all I would happily recommend the week and will in fact be looking to book another in the near future.

When you have the details for the November 10th Islantilla trip finalised, please let me know.

Best regards

John

© Denise Hastings 2017
list of useful external sites