Jackson’s solo venture

Ross Jackson has been at the forefront of opening up the game to young and old in the North East, establishing one of the best junior golf training programmes in the region, creating a successful junior tour and also setting up a charitable foundation. He won the Bonallack Award in 2016 for its efforts and has now set up his own state-of-the-art golf performance facility.

The Golf Performance Institute, based in Billingham’s Belasis Business Park, launched last month and offers just about everything needed to get into golf or to improve your game, without being based at a golf club.

“Golf is stereotypically labelled as a sport of rigidity, rules and strict dress codes,” said Ross.

“Here, we’re attempting to distance ourselves from that and have relaxed attitudes, no dress code and the single rule of having fun.

“Time and weather constraints are a major factor in UK golf. Our indoor facilities alleviate any weather concerns while our game play makes golf fast. You can play a round in an hour here.”

Advanced PGA professional Ross is keen to utilise a combination of indoor and outdoor space at The Golf Performance Institute, which comprises two communal practice bays, two coaching and learning bays, flat putting green, moveable putting green, short-game area, golf-specific strength and conditioning area plus a custom fitting workshop.

“We can coach and custom fit at the very highest level to completely tailored equipment and we’ve also launched golf-specific strength, conditioning and psychological training programmes for all ages,” added Ross.

Having left Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy, Ross has been able to branch out into new areas including a coaching/custom fitting system called Gears, which is currently only available at the likes of Wentworth and Archerfield in the UK.

There has been positive feedback since the new facility opened and Ross intends to continue his work with juniors this season.