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Steven Mcdonnell

Head Teaching Professional

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Steven has over 30 years' experience in golf including playing, coaching and designing golf development projects.


In 2015 Steven turned professional off a handicap of +1 and joined The PGA of Europe studying a degree in Golf Science. Steven quickly knew coaching was going to be his passion. In his first 3 years of turning professional he started up 5 junior academies, delivered ‘Get In To Golf’ at 6 different venues and carried out the largest schools coaching project the North East has ever had (Over 70 sessions in primary schools). Steven was the first professional to be awarded ‘Safeguard accreditation’ at two different venues.


In 2019 Steven designed and then opened ‘The Players Lounge’ at Team Valley (An indoor golf coaching centre) to cater golfers 12 months of the year. In 2020 Steven was accredited by The PGA and was also designated as a Specialised PGA Golf coach. Qualified in Golf Psychology, Sports Nutrition, a Sports Agent and a fully qualified PGA Professional Steven is making a name for himself as one of the top coaches in the North East.


Steven has been liaising with top coaches from The PGA of America over the last 3 years to learn the biomechanics of the golf swing and understand how a players physical build, flexibility and mobility can affect the golf swing but also enhance the player's performance with the understanding of each individual.


Since 2021 Steven has produced over 165 wins nationally in qualifying competitions from players coached at The Player’s Lounge including ‘Faye Wheatley’ who won the European grand final of the Faldo Series. (One of the biggest junior tournaments in the world) which qualified Faye to play on the Ladies European Tour in 2022


In 2022 Steven produced the ‘Optimal Development Golfing Pathway’. The objective of the Pathway is to develop golfers that have the skills, characteristics and behaviours to thrive in the highest competitive golfing arenas, specifically playing on national and worldwide Tours.


Steven’s Coaching Process

‘I work with and coach players of all abilities and ages, from beginners to Tour Players. My philosophy and mental preparations are very consistent, combined with the thought process of - ‘Not one swing fits all’. My coaching process is to build every swing and each player’s game management individually to fully prepare them to improve and reach their potential’.

Steven’s Awards and Qualifications
  • PGA Specialised Coach 2020

  • Coached on Ladies European Tour 2022

  • PGA Accreditation Status 2021 (Previously known as AA status)

  • PGA Golf Degree in Golf Science - University of Birmingham 2019

  • Level 2 Golf Coach + Short Game/Sloping Lies accredited

  • Golf Psychology Certified 2019

  • Golf Fitness Specialist Certified (Completion 2022)

  • Sports Agent Certified 2019

  • Diploma in Sports Coaching and Nutrition - Certified 2020

  • SafeGolf Accredited 2022

  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children 2022

  • Emergency First Aid Level 2 2022

  • DBS Enhanced 2022

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