Golf Tutors

Matthew Naylor

Head PGA Teaching Professional

Matthew gained his PGA status in 2004 whilst working at Open Championship venue Turnberry in Scotland, before moving to Dubai to gain experience on an international scale. Shortly after the move, he became Head Golf Professional at DG Golf Dubai. Matthew has worked with leading players including Steve Webster, European Tour Professional and attended 16 Tour events with him. He is equally suited to coaching both elite level players and the complete beginner using the amazing technology on offer at the PGA Academy.

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Sally Hinton-Lewis

PGA Teaching Professional

Sally Hinton-Lewis joined Close House in 2010 as PGA Teaching Professional. Sally has a great passion for coaching and prides herself on treating everyone as an individual, avoiding the “one swing for all” approach. This holistic coaching method is suited to all standards of golfer.

As part of her role at Close House, Sally coaches the Northumberland County Girls and Ladies teams. She is passionate about getting more females into the game.

Sally believes a coach should never stop learning. She is committed to ‘Continued Professional Development’ which allows her to keep at the cutting edge of coaching. Sally is Level 1 certified in the Titleist Performance Institute. This unique qualification enables her to screen golfers for physical limitations, which will hinder their ability to get into positions they require. This will also help improve stability and mobility in the swing.

In 2018, Sally was awarded the prestigious “Advanced Professional Status” by the PGA. This is testament to the investment in her Professional learning as well as her reputation as a leading regional coach.

Prior to joining the PGA, Sally attended Missouri State University for 4 years on a golf scholarship where she rewrote the record books. She was invited back in 2016 to be inducted into the Missouri State of Hall of Fame. As a junior Sally represented English Schools and English Girls Under 18s.

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Tim Cockill

PGA Teaching Professional

Tim has been a fully qualified PGA Coach for over 10 years and is experienced in teaching all ages and skill levels. As well offering daily individual and group coaching, Tim is also a Northumberland Academy County boy’s development coach, Royal Artillery British Army team coach, and lead coach for the Elite Performer Programme for golf scholars of local school Thorp Academy.

Tim works alongside European Tour player Graeme Storm in delivering Thorp’s EPP scholars coaching. Tim analyses his client’s performance using statistics, flightscope radar, high speed GASP video analysis and SAM puttlab to make sure you achieve your goals. The variety of golfers Tim has taught over the years has convinced him that at any level of golf, there is no single ideal golf swing, impact and resulting ball flight are key! Originally from York, Tim first moved to the North East on a golf scholarship at Northumbria University, obtaining a BSC Hons in Sport Management.

Tim played in a title winning University golf team which also competed in the British University Championships. Tim attends regular CPD courses, broadening his own coaching knowledge and different techniques and enjoying learning from some notable tutors whilst developing his own philosophies of how to maximise an individual’s potential.

These experiences helped Tim to gain a comprehensive understanding of the golf business and advance him to where he currently is. During his career as a PGA Professional Tim has spent time at Slaley Hall and Rockliffe hall, and has been a proud member of the Close House PGA coaching team since 2012.

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Will Robson

PGA Teaching Professional

Will was born and raised just 30 minutes from Close House and grew up playing golf in the local area. He has been a member of the Close House team for four years now. Before joining Close House, he spent four years on a golf scholarship in the United States, at the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he competed against players like Brooks Koepka. Will represented the Northumberland senior team from the age of 16 up, until he turned pro in 2014. Will has a great knowledge of the golf swing and believes with hard work and commitment anyone is able to achieve their golfing goals, however big or small.

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