Our coaches are highly trained PGA professionals as well as being qualified in the internationally successful teaching system called Logicalgolf. We take the complex issues of the golf game and simplify them. It is vital that the teacher understands “cause and effect” throughout the various facets of the golf game. Having gained this knowledge, the teacher is then able to help students understand the complexities of their own games. We convey the message through a variety of methods that help to paint a clear picture for students. Once the golfer “sees” the picture and understands how to improve, improvement comes much more quickly and easily.
Our coaches emphasize the use of video cameras as well as a variety of novel and time-tested methods to help golfers “feel” the correct movements and understand “cause and effect” within their own golf swing. Hula-hoops, a modified golf club resembling an airplane, hammers, and brightly colored patches are just some of the items used, allowing students to remember correct movements. Many of these teaching aids were designed by Logicalgolf founder Robert Baker and have been used by him to coach the principles of golf to five world number one players: Greg Norman, Nick Price, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, and Ernie Els.
Our staff have coached major championship winners and countless professionals and amateurs worldwide. We coach a complete system, taking into account all aspects from hand and arm action, to the use of the body, to the role of the legs and feet. The golf swing and short game technique can be complicated but our coaches will find simple solutions to help you understand and improve all aspects of your game.
GREGG UPTON – Golf Coaching Specialist & Manager
Gregg has over 20 years’ experience as a top amateur in the country, winning many events and winning the Inter Provincial Championships in 2010 which was his 8th year representing Western Province.
Gregg play’s an integral role, working alongside Grant with all the students enrolled in the PGA Diploma, Full-Time and Junior programs. His experience as a highly competitive amateur and businessman is an asset for the Institute.
Gregg’s accomplishments include:
- Winning 9 events
- Club Champion at both Bellville and Metropolitan Golf Club
- Western Province Challenge Team for 2 years
- Western Province A side from 2005 – 2010
- Twice part of a winning Inter Provincial team
- Won the National and Western Province Apprentice PGA order of merit 2011
IAN BERGA – Golf Coaching Specialist
Ian has been playing golf since the age of 9 and is now a vastly experienced teacher. He qualified as an “A” class PGA professional in 1993 and has worked at top golf courses such as Royal Cape and as Head Professional at Fancourt.
Since 1998 Ian has focused his energy on coaching in Cape Town and has built up a large and loyal client base. He has had the opportunity to work with world class coaches and has built a thorough knowledge and understanding of golf technique. Ian is passionate about coaching and his relaxed and uncomplicated style has helped his clients to achieve fantastic results. Ian is adept at coaching everyone from children to beginners to top professionals.
Michael Ball– Golf Coaching Specialist
Michael joined the SA Golf Institute in 2015 and has been coaching for over 10 years. He coached in England from 2004- 2010 at Roehampton Club in London as a Trainee Professional and the Mark Janes Golf Academy in Chessington as an Instructor. After moving back to SA in 2010 he worked as an Assistant Professional at one of Cape Town’s favorite courses Clovelly.
He has a great passion and enthusiasm in helping others improve their game. He coaches all ages and levels and specializes in coaching Ladies, Juniors and Short game. He overseas and runs the Junior section at the Academy and although his concentration is on Juniors and Ladies he is equally adept at coaching advanced players and he enjoys success with golfers of all levels.
Sevey Links- Golf Coaching Specialist
Sevey has been at the SA Golf Institute Cape Town Academy for 4 years. His first three years as a PGA student and is now applying all he has learnt. His love for the game developed at an early stage of his life. The game was introduced to him by his father who started playing golf in the mid 80’s and who then named him after the late Seve Ballesteros when he was born. Coincidentally his surname also relates to the game of golf.
Sevey represented his university at the USSA student golf games in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, and 2014. He also won his club championship two years in a row 2015, and 2016.
Sevey has a great passion for the game of golf whether it’s playing or coaching. Sevey also coaches all ages from juniors to seniors and also coaches all levels from beginner to elite players.