By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WHEN the new coach at the Coffs Harbour Driving Range took a quick look at my swing, I felt like I was involved in an infomercial.
You know those ads that proclaim unbelievably that someone has 'lost 25 pounds in only eight weeks', well within two minutes, new teaching pro Adam Wood had me saying 'I lost my slice in only two minutes'.
Most local golfers would know Wood as the cheery trainee pro at Coffs Harbour Golf Club who would start the competitions but a passion for teaching has seen him accept the role as the teaching professional down the road at the driving range.
"I wanted to teach and obviously with Pearcey as the teaching pro at Coffs and Matt Allan was going to start teaching as well, I was going to be third in line and I was thinking 'How am I going to start teaching at Coffs when I'm behind those two guys?'," he said.
"There just wasn't enough teaching so I saw Steve Bishop and he said that there was a spot down here to teach if I wanted it, and I just jumped at it, I couldn't get here quick enough."
If you do book in a lesson with Wood you'll be taught by someone who has just been recognised as the best of the new breed in NSW.
Wood was presented recently with the NSW Trainee PGA Coaching award which is for overall the best trainee coach in NSW.
"How they get to that decision is that we do coaching assignments, whether it be by video or correspondence of us giving lessons or assignments to do with the swing and I had the overall best average as far as marks go," Wood explained.
The young pro has visions of one day teaching overseas and maybe chasing the riches that a tour card can present but at the moment it's the teaching buzz and not the almighty dollar that has him jumping out of bed every morning.
"When I started I was always thinking about the money and that's being honest but all the pros I've spoken to have said 'It's not about the money' and I thought it was a bit of a copout.
"But now that I'm doing this it's true because I see the results that people get and the shots they get and the way they feel after doing it, it's like you don't care, you don't want them to pay."
For a man who can fix a slice that was bordering on terminal, it shouldn't be long before a long line of golfers are singing Wood's praises Demtel style.