Testimonials

I first met Bryan Roelofsz about a year ago (2007) when I googled golf coaching and found his website, Golf Specialist. I phoned Bryan and made an appointment to see him with regards coaching and he had already set up a coaching clinic for kids. Since then Bryan has been coaching my then 4 year old boy, Brandon, who has just turned 6. He first started in a group of kids and has now moved on to private lessons.

Bryan has been instrumental in growing the game of golf amongst our youth in the country and started up the Little Kids Golf setup and has now moved on to Young Golfers, where monthly tournaments are held on various courses in the Gauteng region.

Brandon can’t wait to go to his coaching sessions and lives for playing the tournaments that are arranged. He has progressed from scoring in the high 50’s for 9 holes to a best of 40 and has now won many tournaments in the U7 age group.

Ashley, his older brother became a scratch golfer at the age of 16, then lost interest due to a number of disappointments including moving to Cape Town to a golf academy, however became disillusioned due to the fact that no school work was being done.
He came back to Johannesburg however did not get back into golf until I took him to Bryan who assisted in changing his attitude and outlook and got him interested again and now goes to private coaching with Bryan on a weekly basis and intends going into a sports management degree and PGA diploma in 2009. Ashley says that he has never come across a coach that goes with a natural swing and refines that rather than changing the entire swing and really enjoys his coaching sessions.

Andrew Weir

Dear Bryan, From both Kayle and I would like to thank you for the tremendous work you have done with Kayle’s swing. He competed in the European Championships and improved by almost 15 places from last year’s tournament. We played with a Golf Coach from France who owns a golfing academy and gave nothing but praise to Kayle’s swing. Things that stood out for him was: 1) Kayle’s consistent pre-shot routine. 2) His putting pre-shot and stroke. 3) Bump and runs with such ease. 4) His confidence attacking the greens with deadly accuracy. 5) Most importantly his got the best technical swing he has seen amongst the boys competing in the 8-11 year old category. What was very exciting for me was that groups finishing ahead of us, would walk back to watch Kayle swing saying his a pure striker of the ball. It was a real pleasure watching Kayle play and elevate so quickly and looking forward to working with you for many years to come.

Derek and Kyle Wykes – Father & Son

This letter serves to confirm that Bryan Roelofsz has been Shane and Dean Martin’s golfing coach since July 2005. Shane is now 14 and playing off a 5 handicap and Dean is now 12 and playing off a 10 handicap (both off the men’s tees). Shane and Dean’s golf has gone from strength to strength over the years. Dean has just won the South African leg of the US Kids world qualifier and will represent South Africa in Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA in August 2009. Bryan is extremely passionate about his coaching and the children respond well to him. Thank you Bryan for your input and commitment over the years, you are an asset to the golfing community.

Mike Martin – Proud Father

Hi Bryan, I just wanted to thank and congratulate you for the great results I’m getting from my golf J I have always wanted to play golf and finally decided to take it up two months ago. It was under one condition though, I had to go for lessons and make sure I pick up the correct “habits” from the start! I did significant research in finding a coach. Trust me, you were not the first and only coach I looked at. My criteria for finding a coach were: 1. Had to be PGA accredited 2. Had to have had experience (Your age counted in your favour…ha ha ha) 3. Had to have had good references 4. Had to be eager during the sales process My findings: 1. You are PGA accredited. You have done the PGA accreditation proud I must add and at some point I should also email them telling them about your good work! 2. You’ve been in the game for more years than I am old which has to count for something. I validated this through references and through discussion with you. The passion you show for golf and recalling anecdotes from players a long long time ago gave me confidence that you have understood the fundamentals about the game for long enough and that you have seen various changes in technique, equipment and technology over the years. This means that you’re likely to not just recite what you’ve read in a text book somewhere but rather teach what you have seen to work and what not. 3. Your references were plentiful, easy to find, easy to authenticate and outright exceptional. 4. Finally, it was awesome to deal with you during the sales process. You were keen to have another client yet not desperate in hounding me (others did hound me to irritation)! What I’ve particularly liked about your teaching style: 1. You know your stuff 2. You taught me MY swing and not THE swing from some arb text book 3. Since it’s MY swing I have been able to “feel” it, memorise it and be able to replay it consistently enough to achieve results which far exceed my expectations 4. You put in extra care to not only photograph important aspects of the posture, swing etc. but also to EMAIL those to me J Attention to detail! The effort to download pictures, resize them and email them to your clients after EVERY lesson is enough of a pain which is probably why most people won’t do it. 5. You’ve always been on time! 6. I have never felt cheated out of my session with you. 45 minutes is so short. The slightest distraction can steal precious time away but with you I’ve always felt like you’ve thrown in an extra 5 minutes. Thank you! 7. I’ve seen you practice your own golf technique at the driving range! What has this done for me: Simple. I’ve only been playing for two months now and been out to the golf course 5 times in total (3 times on business). I have confidence knowing that I can hit the ball straight so I never fear making a fool out of myself. This means I enjoy my golf tremendously! The more I play, the more I enjoy, the more I want to practice, the better I get, the more I want to play…. To top this all was the round of golf I played last week…. plenty of PARs and a Birdie. I didn’t think this was possible so soon! My goal is to get a <=10 handicap within 12 months! You up for it J

Johann Ries – Director

Hi Bryan Thank you for this opportunity – here goes! Bryan Roelofsz – dedicated to the growth of Golf. I first met Bryan eight years ago when by chance my son Tom was invited to attend a Special Olympics Golf session at Buccleuch. Tom was then 11 years old, a recluse, introverted, and at Unity College, a School for those with ‘learning problems’. After the first session I attended Bryan was rather keen to give Tom individual coaching and enthused over some natural talent that he had spotted. This was a genuine assessment and as qualified LTA Tennis Coach I recognised Bryan’s willingness to take on an unusual pupil was a challenge he relished rather than an income source. Bryan coached Tom exclusively for over five years and only when it was decided to send Tom to a full-time Golf School did we end the coaching arrangement; our friendship and respect for Bryan has only grown since he stopped coaching Tom and continues as he is the only person we can find who runs events for those who are too old to play Junior Foundation events – he offers entry to the 18-23 year-olds as well as those who are only just beyond the toddler stage – and his events are run to the highest professional standards. In the meantime, Bryan’s eye for talent was proven when in Shanghai in October 2007 Tom won the Special Olympics Gold Medal for Golf which was played over 72 holes at the Tianma Country Club. Tom is officially the World Number One Special Olympics Golfer. On the team’s return from China we held a small party for Tom and Bryan was invited as one of the Guests of Honour, but was unable to attend. Subsequently Tom made a small presentation gift to Bryan at his next tournament. Today Special Olympics South Africa is a professionally managed unit, but in the early days when Bryan was giving up so much of his time on a voluntary basis, it was really parents who ran the golf; sadly Bryan’s outstanding contribution was never formally recognised, and worse, I don’t think he even received a Thank You. How different it is today with the PGA and Special Olympics South Africa forging a meaningful relationship at the highest level – please remember that it was Bryan who laid the foundations of this progress and in some small way Tom’s success was a catalyst. In all my ‘golf conversations’ with Bryan there is never a dull moment; the man is passionate about the game, genuinely enjoys the success of his charges, is dependable, reliable, a Gentleman and occasionally outspoken when frustrated by challenges where he can see the solution but hasn’t the opportunity to implement. Tom from being an eleven year-old introvert is now a confident young man approaching his 19th birthday – it is GOLF that has given him this confidence and Bryan’s determination to get the best out of Tom often meant that the same basic teaching point had to be repeated twenty or thirty times. Bryan’s patience was incredible. Tom now makes ‘Thank You’ speeches in front of large golfing groups – this never ceases to amaze Lyn and myself and it is all down to Golf; the very few who have assisted Tom along the road to success deserve our heartfelt thanks. There may be other PGA Coaches with the same paper qualifications as Bryan, but do they all have ‘Golf in the Heart’? What is true is that he is one of only two South African PGA coaches who have made a World Number One. It is hoped that Tom may become the first Special Olympics golfer to play professionally. If that is to happen, he will need more than just the encouraging words from the official bodies, which to date has been very welcome, but has been reactive rather than proactive.

Mike Lugg – Chief Operating Officer

Hi Bryan, I just wanted to thank and congratulate you for the great results I’m getting from my golf J I have always wanted to play golf and finally decided to take it up two months ago. It was under one condition though, I had to go for lessons and make sure I pick up the correct “habits” from the start! I did significant research in finding a coach. Trust me, you were not the first and only coach I looked at. My criteria for finding a coach were: 1. Had to be PGA accredited 2. Had to have had experience (Your age counted in your favour…ha ha ha) 3. Had to have had good references 4. Had to be eager during the sales process My findings: 1. You are PGA accredited. You have done the PGA accreditation proud I must add and at some point I should also email them telling them about your good work! 2. You’ve been in the game for more years than I am old which has to count for something. I validated this through references and through discussion with you. The passion you show for golf and recalling anecdotes from players a long long time ago gave me confidence that you have understood the fundamentals about the game for long enough and that you have seen various changes in technique, equipment and technology over the years. This means that you’re likely to not just recite what you’ve read in a text book somewhere but rather teach what you have seen to work and what not. 3. Your references were plentiful, easy to find, easy to authenticate and outright exceptional. 4. Finally, it was awesome to deal with you during the sales process. You were keen to have another client yet not desperate in hounding me (others did hound me to irritation)! What I’ve particularly liked about your teaching style: 1. You know your stuff 2. You taught me MY swing and not THE swing from some arb text book 3. Since it’s MY swing I have been able to “feel” it, memorise it and be able to replay it consistently enough to achieve results which far exceed my expectations 4. You put in extra care to not only photograph important aspects of the posture, swing etc. but also to EMAIL those to me J Attention to detail! The effort to download pictures, resize them and email them to your clients after EVERY lesson is enough of a pain which is probably why most people won’t do it. 5. You’ve always been on time! 6. I have never felt cheated out of my session with you. 45 minutes is so short. The slightest distraction can steal precious time away but with you I’ve always felt like you’ve thrown in an extra 5 minutes. Thank you! 7. I’ve seen you practice your own golf technique at the driving range! What has this done for me: Simple. I’ve only been playing for two months now and been out to the golf course 5 times in total (3 times on business). I have confidence knowing that I can hit the ball straight so I never fear making a fool out of myself. This means I enjoy my golf tremendously! The more I play, the more I enjoy, the more I want to practice, the better I get, the more I want to play…. To top this all was the round of golf I played last week…. plenty of PARs and a Birdie. I didn’t think this was possible so soon! My goal is to get a <=10 handicap within 12 months! You up for it J

Hardus van der Merwe

Bryan, Thank you very much for the great putting and chipping lesson you gave me earlier this week. At first I did not understand the rationale behind the drills you gave me, and in fact thought pushing the ball into the hole was a worthless exercise!! Well, yesterday I played and I have never putted better. I had 28 putts in the round and made some incredible putts. However, more importantly, I am hitting the puts so solidly that they just do not go offline. Putts that do not drop finishes past the hole, obviously increasing my chances of holing putts dramatically. As for the chipping, I never had time to work on it before I went out, but following your advice of landing on “the beginning of the runway” made so much sense, and using your techniques ensured that I went up and down every time I missed a green. I look forward to practicing what you have taught me no doubt this is going to save me a lot of shots. I really look forward to the pitching lesson. Keep well and once again, thanks.

Leon Roos – Agent

I started playing golf when I was 28. I hacked around for the first year, not managing to break 100. I realised I needed coaching and saw three different coaches, all of who were great golfers sporting pro golf swings. I found that they could explain what was wrong with my swing, but had a hard time getting me to correct it. I did manage to break 100 after some coaching, but the improvements were marginal. When I met Bryan a year and a half ago I was playing off a 22. Bryan gave me thoughts I could understand and work with – thoughts and ideas that made a difference to my I swing, the way I hit the ball and the way I played the game. Bryan’s deep understanding of the golf swing and vast experience in the game of golf don’t make him a better golfer than any other of the coaches I saw – but they make him an infinitely superior teacher. I dropped from a 22 to a 16 in the first four months under Bryan’s tutelage, and am playing off a 12 a year later. I am positive that I’d be playing off single figures had I been more committed to training and practicing over the period – I’ve only seen Bryan about twice a month for eight of the last eighteen months, At his current rate, working with a mediocre student, Bryan has taken more than a stroke off my handicap every month…that’s compelling. I’ve recommended Bryan to all my golfing buddies. I’ve bought my mate golf lessons with Bryan as a birthday present. Bryan coaches my girlfriend (who after five lessons acquitted herself fairly at Goose Valley). Bryan guides my equipment decisions. I would recommend him as a great golfer, tutor, friend and human being.

Manuel Greenland – Resource Analyst

During January 1988, while on holiday with my family, I went for a putting lesson with Bryan Roelofsz at Rustenburg Golf Club. At the time I was the reining South African Amateur Champion. I was hitting the ball very well, but I was struggling to shoot low scores because of my putting. Bryan gave me a putting lesson where he worked on my alignment and stroke. It all made sense to me and a few days later I shot a course record of 62 at Rustenburg Golf Course because of the improvement in my putting. After I turned Pro, Bryan met me in Pretoria and we also worked on my swing. Bryan showed a caring attitude and taught with the obvious passion of a person that loves the game and enjoys seeing his pupils excel. I am available for any more information if needed.

Ben Fouchee | PGA Professional