Helena Buitendag Class A PGA Professional
Helena graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2013 with a BSportSci(Golf) (UP) degree.
During her three years of studies, she competed on the local amateur ladies circuit and represented various provincial teams. In 2014 she joined the PGA as a teaching professional and completed her BA(HONS)(HMS) Recreation and Sports Management with distinction. She also managed the South African Junior Golf team at the 2014 African Youth Games.
Helena is situated at De Zalze Golf and Winelands Estate in Stellenbosch and she enjoys teaching a wide variety of clients.
Helena's Coaching Tips
Mental and Physical Preparation:
One of the most underrated aspects of a good pre shot routine is visualisation and what you verbalise to your playing partner. How often do you drive up to the stroke one on your course and say to your playing partner: ‘oh great, I just hate this hole! I have not made a par here since hickory shafts were replaced by steel!’
Jack Nicklaus discuss visualisation extensively in his book, Golf my Way. There are two kinds of visualisation, internal and external. Internal visualisation is you seeing the shot form your point of view or like watching a movie. External visualisation can be described as you watching yourself taking part in the movie, or in this case in executing the shot. Whichever way works for you, there really is a lot of merit in rehearsing the shot mentally.
So next time when you standing on the tee box of the stroke 1 – see how the ball takes off with the perfect flight, feel the swing that you want to have and visualise how the ball lands perfectly where you were aiming - you have to visualize toe realise!
Murray attended The Golf School of Excellence (Johannesburg) from 2010 - 2012 and graduated with a PGA Diploma.
During 2013 Murray competed on the local amateur circuit. Murray became a fully qualified member of the PGA of South Africa during 2014 and has been working as a full-time coach at The Golf School of Excellence (Johannesburg) since 2015. He has completed the Titleist Performance Institute level 1 and 2 golf coaching courses and has experience coaching with both Trackman and Flightscope.
Murray has also worked with a wide variety of players in his career, from beginners to Sunshine Tour Professionals. Murray is the head coach at De Zalze Golf and Winelands Estate in Stellenbosch.
Ladies Performance Clinic
Are you a lady looking for a fun, social and professional environment to improve your game?
We host a Wednesday group for ladies that are starting out at golf, want a touch up on their game or that are looking for golfing friends. These sessions run every Wednesday from 9:00-10:00 where we focus on a specific area of the game to improve your golfing ability. We also play a round of golf once a month allowing you to implement what you have learnt during the coaching sessions.
Swingfit Junior Academy
Does your child have the knack for golf or do you want him/her to try it out?
At Swingfit we believe in inspiring the young and eager in the game of golf. We strive to develop fundamental & functional movement skills, sport & golf specific skills, and most importantly create a love for the game of golf for your child.
We have group coaching sessions every week that your child can enjoy with players of his age group. During the school term,the coaching program runs from Mondays – Thursday and Holiday Clinics are presented during the school holidays.
Corporate Coaching Clinics
This is a great way to entertain clients or have team building events for you staff members.
We provide golf instruction in all areas of the game, so regardless of your level, age or experience the Swingfit Performance Academy can take your game to an entirely new level.Our Corporate Clinics is perfect for year-end functions, client meetings & team building events.