In Your Life Podcast – Episode 3 (Part 1) – European Seniors Staysure Tour Member – David Shacklady

Shackers in your life podcast

Episode 3 of the ‘In Your Life’ podcast is out now.

The latest edition of the ‘In Your Life’ podcast has been split into two parts. Part 1 is out now and part 2 will be released in the next week or so.

David Shacklady needs no introduction – he has played in two Open Championships, The PGA Cup, The PGA Championship at Wentworth and has won 100s of times on regional tours throughout the UK. He recently qualified for the European Seniors Staysure Tour and has already won 3 times. This podcast offers an insight into his life as a professional golfer – including how to practice, how to improve and what it was like hitting shots next to Tiger Woods!

If you want to get better at golf – this podcast is for you.

You can listen through this link – it is also available on Spotify

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In Your Life Podcast – Episode 2 (Part 1) – David Shacklady

Shackers in your life podcastI can’t wait to share the new ‘In Your Life Podcast’ with everyone.
North Region legend – David Shacklady – took some time out and we chatted and chatted and chatted.
David has played in two Open Championships, the PGA Championship at Wentworth and has practiced along side Tiger Woods.
If you want to be better at golf, it’s a must listen.
Absolutely fascinating❤️
Here’s a little teaser…. Facebook Link

The Importance of Statistics

The Importance of StatisticsGolf is a numbers game. Add up the numbers at the end of the round and it gives you a score. But how do you know if you’re improving? Is your handicap the real indicator? How do you get that needle to move? What are the ingredients? What happens behind the scenes to lower that handicap and ultimately play better golf? And why is it that sometimes you can ‘feel’ like you’re playing well, but your scores don’t necessarily tie in with that ‘feeling’?

Keeping statistics, however basic they are, will help. It offers you a gauge, it offers you a benchmark to work from. It takes out that unknown and deals with facts. You can’t hide from facts. Keeping statistics can be overwhelming though. The phrase “paralysis by analysis” comes to mind. However, done properly, I believe the positives outweigh the negatives. Get away from the traditional round trackers, work more towards statistics that are actually relevant to you. Find what works for you – because statistics can be misleading. For instance – if you go out and play golf – you could miss every fairway and miss every green BUT you could hit every chip shot to 6 inches and tap every putt in – if you do that on every hole you will have a tidy looking scorecard. Not only that but your statistics will show that you holed every putt (albeit from 6 inches). So, did you ‘play’ well? Or did you ‘score’ well? In that hypothetical round of golf I’ve just described, you would have had 18 putts, which sounds INCREDIBLE, but the total distance holed would have been 9 feet (18 x 6 inches) – not so incredible! On that basis one statistic you do not need to keep is ‘putts per round’.
As mentioned, you can definitely make the statistics meaningful to you and your golf, there are many phone apps that are pretty simple to use. I’ve included a picture (above) of an extensive excel spreadsheet used by European Tour player, Edoardo Molinari. I have to say, this is something I’m working towards, I have a spreadsheet with all my competitive rounds on. It started off pretty basic, but over the last 4-5 years it has become more and more comprehensive. I have added more parameters to the spreadsheet each year, and use them to create algorithms/calculations that in turn creates a traffic light system – green, amber and red – so I can see what areas of my game are weak and strong. A couple of years ago I started keeping data on how far (the yardage) I had into each hole at every event, with the club I hit and how close I hit the ball to the hole – all this data can be linked together. Again, this can be misleading as the hole is sometimes not the target – but there are likely to be flaws in any analysis. Statistics can only account for so much – it’s hard to put a figure on a shot from an uphill lie, into a 3 club wind with a back flag, over water to post your lowest score of the season. There is always a human element and this must not be lost in the data – but it is difficult to account for. Including weather conditions and general well-being might be of benefit – this can also be analysed – food intake, hydration, alcohol intake, sleep, gym, practice regimes can all affect performance – and for the elite professionals this can be taken up to the next level – how to recover after long flights, jet lag, different planes have different cabin pressures affecting recovery etc. All of this adds to the equation. Obviously for the average club golfer this may not be essential but, in general, I believe data can be used to show whether you are heading in the right direction or not. I wouldn’t necessarily look at the data after every round either, but over a number of rounds so you can see the bigger picture.
Finally, let’s have a look at Webb Simpson’s statistics from the RBC Heritage this week on the PGA Tour. Webb finished on 22 under par, 1 shot clear of Abraham Ancer and two shots clear of last week’s PGA Tour winner Daniel Berger. Here are his strokes gained numbers this past week, which gives a score relative to the field average in those given areas;
Driving +0.89

Short Game +0.59

Approach +5.70

Putting +6.61
Over the four rounds Webb excelled in his approach play and also his putting. It shows that you can be exceptional in a given area as long as other areas of your game do not become weaknesses. Using statistics can be daunting, but manage them properly, make them relevant to you and your game and it may help you unlock your best scores yet.

For further details contact me on – 07957309547 or

Fathers Day Gift Vouchers

Fathers Day Gift Vouchers

Stuck for a last minute Fathers Day gift? How about the gift of a better golf game this Fathers Day? Even if they haven’t played golf before it may be something they can get into!

All lessons are currently outside and with social distancing measures in place.

Vouchers are available for all budgets and all ability levels can be catered for.

For further details contact me on – 07957309547 or

Happy golfing

Graham Neville
PGA Professional

Portugal Coaching Trip February 2020

On the back of a successful coaching trip earlier this year – I am running a coaching break to the wonderful 5* Penina Golf Resort, Portugal in February 2020. The weather in February is usually a temperate 18-22 degrees Celsius, so you can enjoy the golf, improve your technique and relax at the same time!

The price of the trip includes all golf, accommodation, coaching, golf clinics, range balls, breakfast, 3 x evening meals, use of the hotel facilities, private transfers and flights including golf equipment carriage.

I have to say the courses were immaculate in February 2019 – at the time we were at Penina the Portuguese PGA Professional Tour were holding an event there which shows the quality of the courses. The food that was included in the package was also exceptional – extremely good portion sizes!

February/March is the perfect time to get away to some sunshine and practice just before the UK golf season starts.There are extremely limited spaces on this trip so if you are interested please get in touch as soon as possible.

You can download all of the trip details here!

If you are interested or would like further details on what will be a truly fantastic 5 days please drop me a line on 07957309547 or – all abilities are welcome on the trip!

Portugal Coaching 2019

Portugal Quarter PictureLast week you may have seen pictures on Facebook and Instagram of the coaching trip I organised to Penina Golf Resort in Portugal. This was my first group coaching trip to Penina Golf Resort and I had the usual apprehensions associated with going away. Will everyone bring their passports? Will the luggage allowance be enough? Will people remember their golf clubs? Will the 2.55am, 3am, 3.02am, 3.05am, 3.10am and 3.15am alarms go off? Thankfully everyone arrived at 4am at Manchester Airport, we checked the clubs in and we were having tea/coffee at 5am.

The 6am flight was fantastic, we arrived in Faro slightly earlier than planned and we were having breakfast in the sunshine by 10.30am at Penina Golf Resort. This meant we had the rest of the day to ourselves. We booked a table for the evening meal at the fantastic Henry Cotton Bar (Penina), where we ate 3 out of the 4 nights, and we all headed to the range to loosen off after the morning of travel. The facilities at Penina are fantastic, so much so that the Portugal PGA Pro Tour were holding an event there whilst we were there.

The itinerary was jam packed with range practice, 3 rounds of golf, short game clinics and golf chat! I even managed a few early gym sessions before breakfast…funnily enough I was on my own for this!!! We played the Resort Course and The Championship Course whilst we were there and the greens on both were superb. The coaching sessions went down extremely well and even though there was a lot of golf, there was also some down time to relax and unwind. We ventured into the local town, Alvor, on Saturday evening to watch the ‘six nations rugby’ and sampled some of the local cuisine (curry!), which was exceptional! On the final day we had 2-3 hours before our transfer so we headed back down to the range for bunker practice and a long game session. Everything went so smoothly, we even got back in to Manchester Airport earlier than planned! Although the majority of the group were strangers before making the trip, they are now good friends and will keep in contact, the group got on like a house on fire! It was honestly fantastic.

Due to the great feedback and success of the trip, I am currently in the process of organising another coaching trip to Portugal next year at a similar time. If you are interested please get in touch with me via email – – I am pretty certain it will get booked up quickly.

Winter 18/19 Newsletter

Winter NewsletterIt’s been a while since my last newsletter and I’m going to try and condense my thoughts from last year into a few paragraphs. From a golfing perspective 2018 was a tough year, it was mentally and physically draining – with a young family I found it difficult to concentrate whilst on the golf course and during practice sessions. When I say ‘tough’ – I keep it in perspective, there’s a lot worse things than playing average golf! A lot of the time I found myself torn between golf, coaching and family – in fact mid summer I posted on my Facebook page how difficult I was finding it, I suppose in a way it was a vent as I was frustrated. Ironically the post went ‘viral’ (on a mini scale!!) – I had a number of people contact me, who didn’t know me at all, telling me to keep plugging away.

After each round I keep statistics on each and every shot. Necessary, yes. Obsessive, maybe! But if you know me, I like to read, I like information, I like to analyse, I like statistics, I like to know – that’s just me, I feel comfortable embracing that! So, about three quarters of the way through the season, I wrote down (with pen and paper) all the stats from my Excel spreadsheets. It included all the usual information you see on TV – greens in regulation, fairways hit etc. I also keep proximity to hole and putts gained stats. I studied the information and made a fluid plan to improve the areas that I needed to work on. The last portion of the season I saw an improvement in scores and therefore statistics. Over winter my training for 2019 has been going well, even with a bout of the Novovirus over Christmas and New Year I feel really positive that my golf game is trending in the right direction. I’m excited to see what will transpire in 2019, I really am.

From a coaching perspective – I’ve been coaching various ability levels of golfers – promising juniors, scratch golfers, complete beginners, groups etc. The most notable junior achievement was Austin, who travels from Macclesfield for coaching with me, he won 5 of the junior competitions at Macclesfield Golf Club, I was fortunate enough to travel over to see him pick up his awards on junior awards evening – there are some fantastic pictures of the awards night here!

What’s next? Well, 2019 looks promising. I am keeping up with my own winter plan/schedule. At the start of 2018 I had a lengthy conversation with a friend of mine, he caddies for a guy called Jason Day, apparently he’s quite good at golf! The conversation didn’t necessarily open my eyes, but it made me understand what it’s all about! It has definitely influenced the way I practice and the plan I have put together. I suppose that’s another story, for another day!

In terms of the coming months – podcasts are still on the agenda, email tips and also advertising opportunities to help support my playing schedule. The cost of playing regional events has gone up this year and I’m looking for local businesses or individuals to help support my season financially – it doesn’t cost the earth and is mutually beneficial – if you think you can help, or you know someone who can help, drop me a line and we can have a chat.

I’d just like to thank a few people who supported my golf season last year – firstly Andrew McHale (McHale and Co Solicitors Altrincham), who has supported me for a number of years now, I cannot thank him and his staff enough – lovely, lovely people!

Also thanks to Tim Crawshaw from Wellington Garage in Withington for keeping my car roadworthy in 2018 – much appreciated Tim.

All the best for 2019


Winter Golf Packages 2018

Winter Package Final Call

The winter golf package offer is available until 31st December 2018 – this allows any lessons to be completed before the end of February 2019 when the lessons expire.
The cost for 8 x half hours is £125 (usually £25 for 1 x half an hour). These MUST be completed before the end of February 2019.
You can purchase the package for yourself or as a Christmas present. All ability levels can be catered for and all areas of the game can be covered.
If you are interested get in touch as soon as possible on 07957309547 or