Review: WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club

I had a fantastic time at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. This golf course is just amazing and I would say it’s perhaps the most difficult course that I have ever seen. It is definitely the one of the tightest courses. The facilities with all supporters are putting together one of the greatest tournament in the annual schedule. This is a place, where the most important people in golf gather for one week to exchange their ideas and theories about golf. I was able to spend a lot of time with Sean Foley and Peter Cowan, two of the most interesting coaches in the world.

I sat with Sean Foley for 90 minutes and we went over a few swings on my computer. I was able to ask the questions I wanted to ask for a long time. We chatted about golf in general and about teaching advanced golfers. Looking at different types of actions, different types of swing planes and many different body planes with the body’s sequence. He is an amazing individual and has brilliant insights which he wasn’t shy to share. He’s at the top for a reason and I’m fortunate to have met him.

While talking with Sean he recommended that I should talk with Peter Cowan and said that Peter is a brilliant coach. He helped Sean a lot when he started out on tour. So, I was lucky enough to get a chance to spend a few days talking with Peter and watching him teach other Pros. He shared a lot of information and answered all my questions. He has given me a new insight and a new look at another side of golf. It feels a bit like he has opened a new door that I can now go through and explore. As golf coach, we all have our preferences and our own style in teaching. But gaining new knowledge is achieved by asking the right questions and gathering experience. There are some amazing people in the world. People with brilliant minds and communication skills. That simply is a fact and we can only learn from them.

Craig Hanson

What has amazed me was how generous everyone was with their time. PGA tour teacher Scott Hamilton gave me a few hundred swings to download and talked to me also about his ideas on the swing. Coming back to his first event after 5 months of being injured, Nick was unfortunate and it was a trying week on a brutal course for him. But all in all, it was an experience I will never forget.