"'Grateful' does not describe the fantastic fun/challenge plus sense of achievement/understanding/progress of today! As I entered your Performance Centre I had no set plan. What we managed today is a Golden Nugget in my treasure chest. If we ever beat that well .... Bernard beware!! They're a super vet here with no fear!!! Cheers mate - BRILLIANT! Chris."
Chris Peters, July 2019 (Windermere GC)
"Hi Sam, Your lessons must have finally sunk in! I came in with a nett 69 yesterday and have dropped my handicap from 31 to 29! Ali came in with a net 70 and went down 0.6. Thanks to you! Dot & Ali".
Dot Mcauley & Alison Morgan, July 2019 (Windermere GC)
"Hi Sam, what a really great day yesterday (Full Day Clinic), far beyond my expectations. I do feel I learned an awful lot. Well done and thank you so much. Kind regards, David H".
David Hansen, July 2019 (Windermere GC)
"Just thought I'd let you know, you were 'on my shoulder' when I played in the Silver B at Seascale yesterday, halving my match. The team lost 3.5/1.5 with 3 of us halving out matches.
I went into 5 bunkers and managed to get out of 4 of them with decent/good shots (the best tip for me was keeping the club face open to the sky at the finish). In fact I won one of those holes and halved the other three. My short game was most enjoyable too.
A big thank you Sam.
Babs Matthews, June 2019 (Windermere GC)
"Hi Sam - I won today!!!!! :-) I'm chuffed to bits. I'm the first ever winner of the Ladies' Centenary Medal Trophy.
The scores weren't good today - RO. I won with net 76. I can't tell you how much better I played. Felt more confident & stuck to what we did the other day. I know it might not be as good in the next comp but what the heck!
Thank you SO much for restoring my confidence & helping me to strike the ball straighter & truer"!
Alison Morgan, June 2019 (Grange-Over-Sands GC)
"Just want to say thank you so much Sam - my short game in our first match today (both chipping & putting) was truly amazing. I dropped just 2 shots over 12 holes and won 7 and 6. All down to your excellent coaching. You asked for feedback - it couldn't be better"!
Babs Matthews, May 2019 (Windermere GC)
"Pitching and putting greatly improved since our last lesson thanks - shot 3 over for 11 holes last night - your hard work with me starting to get results thanks."!
Oliver Harman, May 2019 (Windermere GC)
"At last 41 points in Thursday Stableford reduced my handicap to 15.0 - biggest reduction in 18 months! Gaining more confidence with short game mainly through using more Approach wedge ... at present thanks Sam for your continuing support, encouragement and tuition. Chris"!
Chris Peters, May 2019 (Windermere GC)
"Golf has improved massively since the last lesson mate. I hit the range earlier in the weekend played Friday afternoon too. Today was the May Medal and I shot two under with a 7 (lost ball on 12) and a 6 on the card. Had about 6 decent birdie chances (within 15ft) too, but my putting let me down a bit. Driver still needs a bit of work but overall, going in the right direction. Not had 12 pars for ages! Nice one pal"!
Ian Kay, May 2019 (Silverdale GC)
I am mindful that I let you know when something is going wrong at our golf club and I just want to let you know how much we appreciate Sam Matthews.
Sam is always polite and welcoming and an absolute pleasure to be around. His teaching skills are also excellent and he is always more than happy to answer any follow up questions we might have.
We are lucky to have such a Teaching Professional on our team.
Best Regards, Babs."
Babs Matthews, May 2019 (Windermere GC)
"Good first weekend of the golf season at Appleby Golf Club in the Cumbria Green Jacket Event. Won the overall net prize for the first time, a top 10 finish in the Gross and maybe even leading the Division 2 for the Cumbria Green Jacket Series. A big thank you to Sam Matthews for the lessons over the Winter and last week, made a massive difference to the game on Saturday."
Graham Parsons, April 2019
"If you can hold Alex's attention on anything other than Minecraft at the moment you're on to a winner. Well Alex has not stopped talking about his golf lesson with Sam last night. Just watching how happy he was under Sam's instruction was brilliant to see. Just a few simple things to remember and he was greatly improves after just one session. Sam took the time to explain things simply, was kind and patient and always praising Alex's attempts at everything he did. Alex thrived on that to the point of all we've heard since is, "Well Sam says ....". He can't wait till his next lesson! Thank you sam x"
Natalie McGrath, September 2018
"Thoroughly enjoyed my lesson today and managed to get the feel of a 'swing which is huge progress for me.
Sam is a great teacher he is 100% focussed on you as his student and his diagnostic skills and teaching points are spot on.
Many thanks Sam."
Kathryn Ritchie, June 2018
Played with our normal Thursday Group yesterday and scored 41 points! No bad with a blob on the back 9! Felt very comfortable with my overall game. That's from the excellent tuition, it's greatly appreciated.
Bes Regards, John."
John Hill (MBE), June 2018
"Hi Sam. I just want to say how very much I’ve enjoyed your coaching for the Silver B Team. I just love the way you go about everything. You make it so easy to understand and your follow up emails are both helpful and very much appreciated. A very big thank you.
I sincerely hope you will be very happy at WGC.
Babs Matthews, May 2018
You said you would like a follow up after lessons.
You may remember you gave me a driving lesson plus two group lessons. My golf improved so much that I won last Wednesday’s competition with a net 66. I won the best net trophy!!
Many thanks for your tuition- I gave you an accolade in my winner’s speech!"
Margaret Douglas, May 2018
"Hi Sam, I found last week's session useful, particularly as you gave me the feedback after filming my swing, that I was standing too far from the ball at setup. Hence I kept this in mind when I played in the ladies medal round on Wednesday and went on to win it! Even in the pouring rain!
That's what I call a result!
Thank you for your advise, it goes to show the lessons are very worthwhile and a great motivator.
See you the following week."
Patricia Nicholson, April 2018
"Hi Sam, I thought I would let you know how I got on today playing 11 holes with friends. Amazing! For most of the time I played really well. Delighted!."
Jennie Pates, April 2018
EMAIL: "Hello Sam, Thank you for the session notes. I played this morning and what an improvement! I was hitting the ball much straighter, with only the one pull to the left. Even green-side chips were more on line for the flag and for some reason my putting was better too! So the confidence is high for the bunker - bring it on! Regards, Doug."
Doug Blair, April 2018
"Sam, Thanks again for tonight's lesson - not only is it improving my game, but my confidence after a session is through the roof! Planning and technique of each lesson is starting to pay off in boatloads, like tonight showing you the practice where we worked last time with body turn and smashing a 310 yard drive and smoking a PW over 120 yards!!! And starting the short game like we did, phenomenal - can't wait for next lesson buddy!"
Ian Morgan, May 2017
"21 points on the Silverdale Ladies annual trip for Lindsay - 143 yard drive, now using her 3 wood to drive and on the Fairway .... She was buzzing mate! Many thanks for your help you have given her. N"
Neil Taylor, April 2017
"Hi mate, all I want to do is thank you again for your perseverance and a big thanks for all you have done for my game and confidence. I love our lessons and also how much has improved since our path started on this not so easy, easy gam LOL, and cannot say how much I look forward to them! Love Morgs xxx"
Ian Morgan, April 2017
"Hi Sam. 140 yard rescue wood, 180 yard 3 wood off the deck, 50-60 yards with the 60 degree wedge .... Really pleased with today, put everything in to practice that you taught me on Friday .... and it worked! Many thanks!"
Neil Taylor, March 2017
VOICEMAIL: "Hi Sam, It's Ricky, thanks for the lesson on Saturday, it started to work well yesterday I had a really good round of 1 over par! The real plus point was the par 3's, I hit all of them and Birdied them!!, all straight shots rather than hooked ones! All good and now to start trusting it and it will be great. Thanks again mate!"
Ricky Nelson, February 2017
"Amazing lesson Sam ta, while I played bad I learned a lot. Shot 4 over through the last 5 holes so very happy!! Thanks!"
Dave Ferguson, February 2017
"Hi mate .... Absolutely stoked .... I think we have a breakthrough!!! 50 balls, took my time, relaxed, closed face .... 47 balls within 10 yards of whatever aim line I chose .... The other 3 were on purpose as I got confident and wanted to be able to revert back from my big fade ... Just tee was too low to begin with so went back to white tees and got better distance. Feeling so much more positive now mate. Thanks for your patience last week. See you soon!!!👍"
Liam Pilkington, January 2017
"Absolutely unbelievable buddy it's like i'm a different player with that new set-up - do that little drill, and blammo!!! I reckon I was driving the ball 250-260 and my 3 hybrid 200! The feel of the club feels outstanding every time - I need to document this, even looking back had gone I'm that confident in my swing!"
Ian Morgan, July 2016
"Hi pal, hope you've a good day at Woodsome hall with Nick. Just played at Kirkby in the mid-week comp and played great, shot 71 (1 under)!!!!! First one under par in a comp. So happy. Thank you so much for sorting the swing out on Monday, can't thank you enough! Bring on Club Champs!"
Graham Parsons, June 2016
"Hey man, hope you're well. Just thought I would let you know (from Spain) that even though my golf isn't all that .... The chipping thing you showed me works a treat, chipped in twice now and not done that in years!!! Boom!!! Leave you alone now, take it easy and all the best wishes."
Richard Peter, May 2016
"Thanks to you I played really well on Sat and won the comp on Sunday tho I didn't think I played as well as Sat. It was a fun comp however so no pressure! Hope it lasts a bit. Xx."
Janet Reid, April 2016
"Cheers for the lesson last week mate. Showing improvement already! Played 6 holes this morning in 1 under. Nearly holed out from 67 yards on the 3rd!"
Craig Gardner, March 2016
"Well lessons paying dividends Sam Matthews Golf, 3rd last week and 1st this week in the Winter League, cheers Sam."
Martin Lawson, January 2016
"Just an update for next week - I'm striking the ball the best I've ever been hitting it! Shot nett 65 as well beating my best nett by 1 shot. Lost another 0.4 to my handicap, dead on 19 now!."
Ian Morgan, November 2015
"Hi Sam, Dave Pidcock here. Many thanks again for the lesson last Tuesday. I went to Carus Green range last night and actually hit 150 balls. A lot I know but I tried to put into practice the 3 tips you told me to work on. The reason I hit so many was I was learning and improving as I went on. I also, and most importantly, enjoyed it - something I haven't been able to say for several months. No hooks whatsoever! Most were either straight or with a fraction of fade. Thanks again, Dave."
Dave Pidcock, November 2015
"On my swing, that last session has made a great leap forward!!! That one thought is making all the difference!!! Thanks Ivan."
Ivan Coates, November 2015
"Hi mate, gotta say a massive thank you for taking a look at my swing tonite!!! What a fantastic set up you have down there, instant feedback on your swing with as much info as you could ever need!!! It is a credit to you bud. Thanks again, this has given me a real boost that I have at least been going in the right direction with the swing! You are the man!!!"
Roger Cairns, October 2015
"Driver was going nice and straight about 250 yards, by the 9th I just knew I was going to hit it well. Thanks for another game changing lesson."
Graham Donovan, September 2015
"Hi Sam. Just a quick note to say thanks. Shot 78 today round Garstang, my second lowest round ever! No real loose shots, played Par 3's best I ever have!
Thanks, Andy Fletcher."
Andy Fletcher, August 2015
I am sorry that I have not been in touch for a while now. I have been playing rather a lot of golf locally and nationally, so the days seem to slip by.
My golf is grately improved of late as your lessons are gradually sinking in. My iron shots in particular are showing the biggest sign of improvement with me hitting more greens in regulation than I have ever done. I do practice these a lot.
Ten days ago I won the weekly mid-week stableford at W'mere with 43 points, so my handicap is now down to 9.
At Beckside today I won the monthly comp with 41 points and my handicap is now down to 5 there, so things are really looking up. This is all down to your help and patience, thank you so much.
Doug Blair, August 2015
(TEXT) "Three words buddy, What A Difference! Not all were world beaters but the back swing was fantastic, even my iron striking improved! Thanks so much, look forward to next session."
Ian Morgan, July 2015
(FACEBOOK COMMENT) "Cheers Sam, I am feeling a bit more confident now, I find it amazing how just a 1 hour lesson can achieve so much, 20+ yards on a 7 iron. Once again thanks!"
Tony Spedding, May 2015
(TEXT) "Putting lessons last year are paying dividends mate. Putting was awesome at Silloth yesterday. Cheers bud 👍."
Craig Gardner, May 2015
(TEXT) "Hi Sam. Played well yesterday after having a lesson. Net 76. Best score for me this year! Thanks. Val."
Val Sayers, April 2015
"An outstanding golf coach with a considerable appetite for work.
He has raised the bar at Silverdale Golf Club with his management skills, professional approach and enthusiasm."
Mike Pearce, January 2015
Just completed 9 holes at Casterton and scored 20 stableford points admittedly of the yellow tees but that is the same as I scored over 18 holes on Tuesday....you might ask how come? Is there a magnet in this new putter you have just sold me as around 90% of puts from 12 foot down were sunk. If I had this putter earlier this summer I guess I would be on cloud nine by now.
It was with the advantage of hindsight very fortunate I had such a poor putting session on Tuesday with my old putter otherwise I might never of know there was an alternative.
I cannot thank you enough for persuading me to ditch my putter and try something a bit more modern. I also took your advice to use a 7 iron out of short grass around the green and the increased control also proved beneficial. Your lesson was worth every penny of it!
Philip Cropper, September 2014
"Hi Sam, I want to thank you for your lessons over the winter and spring.
I won the Sampool Trophy. the mixed foursomes K/O and today I won the Thomas Cup, the final being played over 36 holes on one day. I beat Dot 5 and 4 after a cup match played in a friendly atmosphere.
All the best to you"
Margaret Bleazard, September 2014
(FACEBOOK COMMENT): "That's what you get with quality coaching, could not recommend Sam enough, great coaching and attitude".
Ian Morgan, May 2014
(TWEET): "Excellent lesson tonight with @SamMatthewsPGA - highly recommended - learnt a heck of a lot! Let's hope I can put it into practice".
Ben Close, May 2014
''Hi Sam, just a quick update. Came 4th in a 4BBB at West Lancs and won the Open 4BBB at Ulverston last Saturday. Striking the ball much better thanks to you. Great start to the season. Sped''.
Dave Spedding, May 2014
(TWEET):"@SamMatthewsPGA thanks for a great short game session, would recommend it to any one seriously wanting to reduce their handicap #bringon2014."
Tim Saville, March 2014
"Hi Sam, Just to let you know your lesson on Monday really worked wonders today - I did a super chip up onto the green on the 8th
which went into the hole so I had my first ever Birdie!! Regards Doe"
Doreen Parkin, February 2014
(TWEET):"@SamMatthewsPGA @LGALytham real progress made #winterprogramme thanks to a great coach and great facility."
Tim Saville, November 2013
(TWEET):"@SamMatthewsPGA great to get a plan in place for the winter, thanks to #easy to understand tuition! #topcoach"
Darren Bateson, November 2013
"Hi Sam, I played today and had 32 stableford points from 16 holes - the ladies decided 16 holes for our competition today.
Felt good and had my best game for a long time - thanks to you.
See you next time.
Margaret Bleazard, November 2013
(E-Mail) ''Sam, Had a good game last Saturday and came third in the club Glaxo Rosebowl Greensome Comp (£30 in Pocket).
Following our last lesson the irons have been awesome and I won our small society comp on Wednesday. (£10 in Pocket)
Today I played in a club competition 4 BBB of 3/4 and we scored 41 points, Another £10 in the pocket and may be in the club prizes.
I scored on 13 of the holes which was great with two birdies. However I worked out my personal score and reckon I would have
been 8 under handicap.
Thanks for you help I am really made up with how it is going. Driving off the tee is letting me down slightly but was reasonable confident today finding
the green from around from 160 or closer with consistency''.
Dave Spedding, May 2013
E-MAIL: ''Hi Sam,
Chris Collins here, just to let you know that post the lesson last week I hit the ball much better with my irons on Friday & Saturday. My driving has also improved with standing up to the ball & making sure I turn my shoulders, many thanks''.
Chris Collins, May 2013
''Sam has been my coach for the past 5 months; he has been an incredible coach and has transformed my golf game. He has made it very simple for me to understand what I've been doing wrong and what I need to do to improve, allowing me to be able to keep improving in-between lessons. I would highly recommend Sam to anyone just starting golf or an experienced golfer looking for a coach.''
Graham Parsons, May 2013
''Hi Sam, Just to let you know, with grateful thanks for your lessons, that I came 2nd yesterday (after count back) out of a field of 30!
I wouldn't have believed it possible - its all down to your patience and great teaching.
I'll probably go to pieces next time I play but it's great to have done it once!
Kindest regards, Judy''
Judy Johnson, May 2013
''Concentrated enthusiastic golf tuition with the benefit of GASP analysis. The
focus and attention given by Sam to his students is outstanding. I would
recommend the gold package which has helped me to improved my posture, swing
plane and strike. Cant wait for my next lesson and the season to begin''.
Dave Spedding, March 2013
''Its unreal how far I've come in just 5 half hour lessons, and most of the
credit must belong to you. I'm loving the lessons and the way you explain things
just makes perfect sense to me. I cant emphasise enough how much I'm loving the
lessons and the difference you've made''.
Roger Cairns, February 2013