Phil Maitland

Age: 25

Turned pro: 2017

Home club: Cocken Lodge

What have you been up to?

“I’ve been at Cocken Lodge two years now and a lot has changed since I joined the club. We’ve recently opened our new studio complete with GC Quad technology along with a new shop, so there’s a lot of change and a lot more potential for coaching and custom fitting. I’ve really concentrated on coaching since turning pro in 2017 and I’ve got a real passion for helping people improve their golf, from experienced players through to juniors who come along to the junior academy on a Saturday morning or who I meet through sessions at local schools. It’s been busy but I wouldn’t trade it.”

How did you get into the game?

“I seem to have always had a golf club in my hands, going right back to the pictures of me as a toddler hitting balls up and down our back garden. I started playing properly when I was nine and was always told that if I progressed at school, I could have lessons and progress my golf. I’d dreamt of being a pro as a kid watching Tiger Woods and like most, I wanted to play on the tour. As I got older and learned a bit more about the game, I got more interested in the golf swing and the idea of coaching as a career, which I got the chance to do through the PGA foundation degree programme.”

What does the future hold?

“The future is going to be really exciting at Cocken Lodge as more people use the facilities – from the great course we’ve got out there to the driving range, studio and shop. As a coach, I want to see the junior academy kids progress into better golfers as more join and fall in love with the game. We’re continuing to grow in loads of different ways at Cocken Lodge and we’re welcoming more and more people all the time. I can’t wait to see where we go in the next two years.”