Leeds-born Danny Maude joined Canterbury 14 years ago after achieving a degree at Buckinghamshire University College. He started as assistant professional under his predecessor, Paul Everard, became joint head professional six years later and took over as sole head professional in 2014.
A married man with three young children, Danny supervises the coaching and teaching operation while concentrating on running the pro shop, providing group and one-to-one coaching sessions and creating golf tutorial videos.
He makes the occasional appearance in club competitions and also appears in selected PGA tournaments.
Danny has coached at all levels – from beginners through to professional players – and he specialises in helping people learn quickly.
His years of experience have taught him that for many beginners and novices, the game can be complicated and difficult to learn.
So Danny created strategies that can help new golfers avoid tortuously slow progress and introduced methods that help newcomers learn faster.
Through his guidance, he has seen a number of his clients reduce their handicaps by as many as 10 strokes in a single year.
Danny provides a support service for all his clients and can boast of providing coaching in 69 countries around the world through his weekly YouTube training videos that can be accessed via www.youtube.com/danielmaude.
Senior teaching professional
Richard Wallis arrived at Canterbury last year with an impressive playing record and a sound coaching reputation.
The 36-year-old has featured among the top Kent professional players for several years and has won numerous county, regional and national competitions, most notably the PGA National Play-Offs title on two occasions.
He has played on the European Tour and the Challenge Tour and has 128 professional wins to his credit.
In 2013, he went into the Guinness Book of World Records after shooting a 14-under-par 59 in the PGA Southern Open Championship Pro-Am at Drift GC in Surrey.
And, for good measure, in September last year, Richard set a new Canterbury course in winning the Kent PGA Championship.
Nine months later, he added the Mid-Kent course record to his long list of achievements, shooting a nine-under-par 61 in the Mid-Kent Pro-Am.
Richard is in charge of the driving range at Canterbury and manages the coaching arrangements there.
The facilities include a spacious, soundproofed teaching studio incorporating all the latest technology.
Over the past two years, Richard has used his wealth of playing and PGA experiences to become a highly successful teaching professional covering all aspects of the game.
This includes not only the obvious swing-building techniques but also the importance of game management and different means of scoring.
Gareth Bailey has 20 years’ experience in the golf industry and has developed a patient and encouraging coaching style.
He started his career at Prince’s Golf Club, Sandwich, where he qualified with merit as PGA golf professional and was the head assistant professional for six years.
Gareth launched his own business as a mobile instructor, promoting golf locally for eight years. His most recent position was as teaching professional at Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club for three years.
He constantly updates his knowledge by attending PGA seminars with expert instructors from around the world. He has read and viewed most instructional material and enjoys discussing all aspects of golf.
A favourite quote of his came from the renowned John Jacobs and provides a simplistic philosophy to the game: “The sole purpose of the golf swing is to produce a correct and repetitive impact. The method employed is of no significance as long as it is repetitive.”
Gareth enjoys teaching all ages and abilities using tried and tested systems. He works on every aspect of the swing to improve consistency, control, accuracy and power.
The short game of chipping, pitching, sand shots and putting is strongly emphasised to help everyone lower their scores. To develop a complete player, the mental aspects, course management skills, physical and nutritional knowledge is also be explored.
Gareth teaches individuals how to understand what their swing is doing by analysing the ball flights and he regards this as the cornerstone to gaining complete control of one’s game.
With his help and guidance, clients learn how to practise efficiently, play the course effectively and analyse their game constructively. This helps target key areas to improve and, importantly, teaches players how to think and act like a winner.
For further information on how you can improve your game and to book a lesson, please contact Gareth on 07967 155 141 or email email@example.com
Milo joined the professionals’ team in April 2014 and has responsibility for coaching the club’s juniors and young newcomers to golf.
He joined the club as a junior member in 2010, going on to become Junior Section captain, and for two years has been studying for a Professional Golf foundation degree through the University of Birmingham.
Milo, who won the Assistants’ Invitational at Royal St George’s in 2016, runs regular Sunday morning sessions for children aged from four to 15. He works in partnership with fellow assistant professional Robert Jesus.
His specialist area is junior coaching, helping complete beginners to develop a basic competence and supporting and aiding their development as they become more proficient.
The coaching is not restricted to golf-specific issues but fundamental movement skills as well. Milo believes it is important that children develop a well-rounded set of movement skills to prevent sports injuries later in life.
Robert Jesus hails from Madeira, where he learned his golf, and came to England three years ago to pursue his qualification as a PGA professional.
Robert, who is 24, was playing in professional events on Madeira at the age of 16 before turning professional in 2012.
He joined Canterbury two years ago and is in the second year of a three-year golf business studies degree course through Birmingham University.
His area of speciality at Canterbury is the coaching and training of youngsters and he works with Milo King in teaching children, some as young as four or five, to enjoy their golf and to learn the basic skills on which to found their further development.