St Andrews Links Golf Academy Instructor Blair Cross is used to dishing out advice and help to golfers of all abilities on a daily basis.
However, his subjects are not always the mums of tennis superstars such as Judy Murray, who received a lesson from Blair when she was in town to see Scotland’s Catriona Matthew bidding for glory at the Ricoh Women’s British Open over the Old Course.
The mother of Wimbledon champion Andy and coach of the Great Britain Federation Cup Team Captain knows a thing or two about coaching herself and proved no slouch as a student. She took time out from spectating to join Blair on the practice range at the Ricoh to work on some fundamentals of the game.
Judy, who said she was a relative novice, was quickly into her stride although Blair was quick to downplay his role in her grasp of the game.
Blair, who is part of the Academy’s team of PGA qualified instruction staff, said: “It was a real pleasure to meet Judy and work with her on the range at the Ricoh.
“As you might expect from a former tennis player her hand-eye co-ordination was great and after we spoke about a few fundamentals of the golf swing and some practice swings later she was off and running.
“The New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko came over to say hi and hit some balls, which seemed to inspire Judy as she was soon hitting her best of the day down the range.”
Blair is one of six PGA-Qualified instructors at St Andrews Links Golf Academy. All of the team use innovative personally tailored coaching methods to enable pupils to make the most of potential and to improve their performance whilst delivering a range of coaching styles, from the highly technical to more traditional.
Utilising state of the art swing analysis studios, biomechanical assessment and long and short game facilities the instruction team provide a comprehensive instruction programme for golfers of all ages and abilities. To find out more visit www.standrews.org.uk.
(Picture supplied courtesy of Getty Images and Ricoh Women's British Open.)