Paisley’s pattern for success

Andy Paisley’s stock continued to rise as his stable of top players achieved success around the world in May.

Andy, based at Hexham Golf Club, had a busy month in May as Dean Burmester shot a final round 62 to win the European Tour’s Tenerife Open, Matty Lamb starred for Great Britain & Ireland in The Walker Cup, and he was credited with a resurgence in form for Edoardo Molinari as he tried to chase down Richard Bland at the British Masters.

Andy, who mixes his schedule between working on tour and teaching at Hexham, said: “While I couldn’t do my day-to-day work as a coach at Hexham during lockdown, I kept myself busy by spending more time with the guys at college in the US and out on tour. I was communicating with those guys on a much deeper level than we normally would as we all had more time on our hands, and we did some great work.

“I also got to spend a lot of time with Matty at Hexham as he was allowed to practice in preparation for The Walker Cup. We produced some great results in the studio, which he was then able to take out to Florida and put in an incredible performance under the most pressure he’s ever experienced. It was a really proud moment seeing him do so well and I’m looking forward to seeing how he develops further as a professional.”

While Andy has worked with Matty on all aspects of his game since he was 11 years old, he has become recognised among European and Challenge tour players for his putting and psychology work. Speaking at the British Masters on his work with Andy, Edoardo said: “I’ve known Chris [Paisley] for a long time, I’ve been helping him and a few of the other guys with their stats and I noticed all the guys working with Andy were improving their putting stats.”

Andy added: “It’s a fantastic feeling to be recognised by some of the best golfers in the world for the work I’m doing. It’s also great they’re recognising the success my brother, Justin [Walters], Garrick [Porteous], Dean [Burmester] and all the guys out there are having. While a big part of what we work on is technical, I also spend a lot of time talking to them about good habits, planning what they’re doing and reflecting on performances in the right way. It’s great when the guys have success, but people only ever get a small window into what we do. I’d like to think I’ve got some magic words for these guys, but it’s all about working hard, working smart and going through the tough times and difficult conversations so they can have those moments in the spotlight we all want as golfers.”