Second in our series of articles about our coaches is Lee Nother.
I started participating in golf group lessons every Saturday morning at Portsmouth Golf Club with Head Coach, Jason Banting at the age of six. My parents and grandparents were very keen golfers influencing my passion to start playing. At Aged 9, I joined Waterlooville Golf Club where I remain a member.
I went onto represent both my home club and County at junior and colt level until I decided to turn professional in 2008. Many of my junior team mates are also PGA professionals or high level amateurs to this day. The decision to turn professional was made easier having worked at Portsmouth Golf centre since 2004; starting part time whilst I completed my A levels in Accounting and Business.
I started my PGA training in 2008 at the PGA National Training Academy at The Belfry, linked to Birmingham University where I qualified in 2011.
Since becoming qualified I have attended many seminars hosted by some of the leading golf coaches and specialists, including David Leadbetter, Hugh Marr, Jamie Donaldson (Aimpoint) and Trackman to expand my knowledge and expertise in all areas of the game. Inspired by some excellent coaches over the years, coaching is one of my biggest passions and interests. Small changes can make such big improvements to a player’s game and overall enjoyment of the sport.
I enjoy coaching every level of golfer whether beginner, fellow professional and of course where I started, a Junior. From my own experiences of playing at County level, I have a drive to see as many juniors fulfil their own goals and potential. Coaching has given me the opportunity to build some fantastic relationships with clients over the years and I continue to look forward to helping them achieve their golfing goals.
I still very much enjoy being coached myself and believe there is always room for improvement.I do believe that lessons and club fitting go hand in hand and have been fortunate to spend time with world class fitters and visit some of the leading performance facilities in the game. Back in 2008 I visited Nikes Research and Development facility “The Oven” in Fortworth, Texas and got to meet some of their leading tour fitters and club designers at the time. At the age of 20, this gave me a great platform to build upon and helped me with my PGA foundation degree.
In February I visited the Titleist Performance Institute in Carlsbad, California, where I spent four days learning about club fitting and Titleist products. The facility is truly world class, inspirational and was a trip I won’t forget in a hurry.
To this day I continue to enjoy playing both competitively and socially and last year won the 2019 Hartley Whitney Pro Am. To win was a long-term goal and hopefully there’s more to come in the seasons ahead.
In 2021, I will be captain of the Hampshire PGA, something I am very much looking forward to. Away from the game I enjoy spending time with my wife, Sam and daughter, Emma and am looking forward to welcoming our new baby boy in the coming weeks. I enjoy running and cycling when I have some spare time, however, I think I can safely say my time is going to be more limited with a new baby on the way.