The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2017
GOLF & LEISURE 53 Seeing is believing: visiting student Cissy Yang from China reviews her swing on the computer screen with coach Dixon. Lydia Ko, prior to turning pro, hams it up with ex-coach Guy Wilson. built for each golfer, whose games were tested at the start and then again at the end of the month. On average, their individual scores were apparently 14.5 shots per round better. A similar programme was run with a group of Chinese golfers who came here earlier this year and showed shot improvements of 9.5 strokes a round. Mark Richardson, former Black Cap test batsman and more latterly golf tragic, tells a similar story. He went to Dixon and Wilson for some advice and saw his handicap drop quickly from nine to three. “I loved the way they worked from the ground up with my swing,” says Richardson. “It just all made sense to me; the lines they drew up really helped me work at improving my swing.” Like many New Zealand companies, Wilson and Dixon have their eyes set firmly on Asia. Golf is a religion not just in Japan and Korea but, increasingly, in China, too. They go there frequently, conducting teaching clinics or recruiting golfers to their facility in Auckland for intensive improvement programmes. “We truly believe Auckland should become a hub for golfers looking for improvement,” says Dixon. “We have the resources, the courses and the Institute’s proven record off the back of the likes of Lydia Ko. Auckland could easily become a golfing gateway for Chinese tourists wanting to combine their visit to New Zealand with a week of golf improvement in Auckland.
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