Ian Clark


Professional Golf Instructor

Ian has over twenty years of experience as a golf professional, and during that time has focussed his career towards teaching the game he loves, having spent time teaching in the Middle East in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi Ian returned to the UK in 1999.

Ian has now opened the Ian Clark Golf Academy based at the world of golf in New Malden, Surrey, the academy is equipped with the latest teaching technology available, this includes a Trackman launch monitor, K-Vest 3d body motion analysis, SAM balance lab and SAM putt lab, one of Ians teaching mottos is why guess when you can measure, and with this technology at hand you can be sure that you are receiving the best instruction available to help you play to your best ability.

Using this technology Ian can describe to you what is happening with your swing, and how you can implement changes to improve your golf game, as a Trackman Master Instructor, a Golfing Machine authorised instructor and a TPI certified coach you can be sure you are receiving instruction of the highest quality. Ian has won a number of awards for his coaching, most recently being voted one of the top 100 coaches in the country by Golf World magazine, Ian also holds the designation of Advanced Fellow of the British PGA.

Ian has made it a lifetime vocation to learn from the best instructors, and has studied personally under many of them, those have included, Jim Flick, Mike Bender, Lynn Blake, Jim McLean, Ben Doyle, Chuck Cook, Geoff Mangum, Andy, Plummer, Mike Bennet, Martin Hall, James Leitz, Mike Adams, and Mark Blackburn.

Ian works with golfers of all levels, whether a beginner or touring professional, developing a realistic stroke pattern based on an individual’s functional movement, the interest in the Ian Clark Golf Academy is continually growing with students travelling from across the globe to take instruction.

Ian is a regular contributor for Golf World and is on the teaching panel for Todays Golfer magazine, you can also find Ians instruction articles at GolfMagic.com, he has also presented at the national golf show as well as various PGA teaching and coaching seminars.

To Play Better Clear Your Mind and Don’t Play “Golf Swing” Just “Play Golf” with Ian Clark

Breaking par Episode 126 Ian Clark Interview

How I Teach Golf #5 Ian Clark
An episode of How I Teach Golf

Teaching Philosophy

I think golf is about consistently controlling the ball, and having the ability to hit each shot the proper distance and direction with the required trajectory. This can only be done with a strike from the centre of the clubface and consistent low point to the swing.

Most people who come to me for a golf lesson, want to be more consistent and hit their ball further. Truth is a club golfers good and bad swings look almost exactly the same, so they are already consistent, the problem is the bad shot, a golfer is only as good as their worst shot, so the bigger the difference between that golfers best shot and worst shot makes them feel like they are inconsistent.

So when I look at a golfer I am looking to make their worst shot less bad, better quality rubbish is you like! And most golfers already have enough clubhead speed to hit the ball further than they are already doing, the issue is how that speed is presented to the ball, so I look at making sure that the players ball speed is matching up with the clubspeed, in other words how efficient is that players swing? This I measure with Trackman, K-Vest and BodiTrak, I am data informed not data driven.

Testimonials

"I have always enjoyed my lessons with Ian, the information we get from Trackman is invaluable to my progress as a golfer."
~ Mark T from London | 22/5/15

"Ian, I read your two recent articles in PGAE GolfProNews and thought they were excellent. Hope business is good - I am sure it is! Best of luck for the 2016 season."

~ Jeremy Dale Golf Entertainer / PGA Coach | 9/03/16

" enjoy using the balance plates (SAM balance lab) as my set-up can get off sometimes, the plates are a great way to help me fix that."

~ Sarah E from Hampton Court | 16/02/16

"My handicap has moved from 13 to 12. Came 4th in the competition today. Swinging superbly"

~ I Khan from London | 15/3/16