Carlow's Professional, Andy Gilbert has rightly gained a deserved reputation as one of the finest teachers of the golf swing in the country. He started his career in England over 30 years ago and in 1976 succeeded Ryder Cup player, Christy O'Connor Jnr. as Carlow's Head Professional. In his career, he has worked for some of the games leading names and has studied the game in great depth under their tutelage. All of his many assistant professionals have gone onto being very fine players in their own right, winning assistant and professional events and regularly featuring on the PGA Irish Region money list.
Many of his pupils come from far and wide including fellow professionals and low handicap amateurs. However, he has also gained great success teaching golfers of all levels including hundreds of beginners the intricacies of the game!
Perhaps his greatest strength lies in his work with junior golf. A number of his pupils have gone on to represent their province and some have represented their country at international level. He has taught for the ILGU Midland Girls squad and for the past three years has taught for the GUI as a Leinster coach for under 15 and boys panels.
Teaching golf is Andy's passion. He is a great communicator and believes in keeping instruction as simple as possible, tailoring the instruction to suit the individual. In any lesson, he would put great emphasis to the fundamentals of the swing with special attention being given to ball flight, and for the pupil to be able to execute the required 'shot' properly. Andy has also installed the renowned 'Explanar' golf training system (pictured above) to aid in his lessons. This system teaches golfers to swing on the correct plane and build this swing into 'muscle memory'.
Andy uses a very large practice area with short game facilities including putting green, practice green and practice bunker. Lesson options include:
• Video Analysis
• Private Tuition
• Corporate Days
• Playing Lessons
• Golf Club Repairs
• Group Lessons
• Junior Groups
Andy also has a well stocked and very well presented Pro Shop. It is also an authorised Titleist custom fit centre. There are PGA staff in attendence 7 days a week. Please contact the Pro Shop for details on lesson packages or golf equipment and attire.