The Team

 
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cOACHES

 

Our professional coaches

THE PEOPLE BEHIND OUR STUDENTS & THEIR SUCCESS

With award winning coaches, Swingfit features a serious line-up to ensure you receive training that will create a strong foundation and take you a long way. We believe in our academy so much that we've even employed one of our own students as a Swingfit coach.

 

 
 
 

Rob Watts

Director of Coaches at Swingfit

Rob is PGA Head Professional at Castle Royle Golf & Country Club & set up his own academy in 2006. Rob’s credentials include being an Advanced Fellow of PGA, a CHEK exercise coach, CHEK nutrition and lifestyle coach and Heartmath practitioner with a diploma in sports hypnosis. His clientele includes top European tour professionals including 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke, PGA professionals, elite amateur players  and County teams, male and female of all ages.

Founder of the Rob Watts Performance Academy, Rob turned professional in 1993. He enjoyed much playing success as an amateur for the BB&O County Union, together with being county captain for the boys and colts. On the professional circuit, Rob has had numerous pro victories and also won the Las Vegas invitational, BB&O Open Championship and BB&O PGA Championship titles.

Rob is England Boys head coach and is now considered to be one of the leading modern day coaches in the Country.

 
 

JAMES WADE

PGA Pro and Head Professional Pearl Valley golf Club
PGA Coach of the year 2016 Western Cape

James qualified as Apprentice of the Year in the Western Cape in 2008. He has developed a great teaching reputation over the last 9 years and is now working as an official coach to the Boland Junior (u17 , u19)and Women’s Golf Western Province Elite squads.

He also heads up the National Diploma in Professional golf training, a 3-year course offered by Swingfit Performance Academy.

In recent times he has furthered his performance coaching skills by completing the performing mind, mental seminar and studies around the biomechanical aspects of the swing. James is mainly situated at our headquarters, Pearl Valley Golf Golf Club at Val de Vie Estate.

James has also been awarded PGA Teaching Professional of the year in the Western Cape in 2013 and again in 2016 and has been publicised to be in the Top 25 Teaching Professionals in RSA by Golf Digest!

jamesw@swingfit.co.za
082 435 5831
Class AAA PGA Member

 
 
 

ADRIAN BUChNER

PGA Pro PEARL VALLEY GOLF CLUB

Adrian graduated from high school in the Eastern Cape in 2012 and moved to Swingfit to follow his golfing passion. He started his PGA diploma with us and graduated in 2015 with several distinctions in his final year. Adrian has set up a junior academy at Pearl Valley and is also developing his knowledge and experience as a performance coach with the PGA program.

Adrian@swingfit.co.za
082 341 9350
Pearl Valley

 
 

MURRAY SMIT

PGA Pro and Head professional De Zalze Golf Club

Murray attended The Golf School of Excellence (Johannesburg) from 2010 - 2012 and graduated with a PGA Diploma. During 2013 Murray competed on the local amateur circuit. Murray became a fully qualified member of the PGA of South Africa during 2014 and has been working as a full-time coach at The Golf School of Excellence (Johannesburg) since 2015.

He has completed the Titleist Performance Institute level 1 and level 2 (Golf Coaching) courses, and has experience coaching with both Trackman and Flightscope. Murray has also worked with a wide variety of players in his career, from beginners to Sunshine Tour Professionals. Murray is the Head Coach at De Zalze Golf Estate in Stellenbosch.

murray@swingfit.co.za
079 385 5507
De Zalze

 
 

Abrie Swanepoel

PGA Professional & Marketing Manager

Abrie was born and bred in the Free State and fell in love with golf at the age of 16. After high school, Abrie followed his passion for golf and completed his PGA diploma through the Centurion Golf Academy in 2011. He then spent a year in the United States, working at high-end golf estates to broaden his international experience. In 2013 he moved down to the Western Cape, which he and his family now call home. After working at facilities like Erinvale GC and Pearl Valley, he joined the Swingfit team in 2018.

abrie@swingfit.co.za
084 532 5551

 
 
 

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