Professional Golf Lessons
Xavier Medas -PGA Advanced Professional
Born in the town of Vichy (France) in December 1979, Xavier grew up participating in many sports from basketball to triathlon thanks to a sporty family culture. Golf became his 1st choice at the age of 13. His commitment to the game got to a competitive level as an amateur while still be involved in other sports.
His education took his academic pathway to a degree in International Marketing in Sligo (Ireland) as Erasmus exchange Student. Coming to the West of Ireland was definitely involve golf. Xavier played for the school team and joined County Sligo Golf Club (Rosses Point) where his met Jim Robinson (PGA Professional) who soon gave him the opportunity to work in golf and join the PGA as a member.
Qualifying as a PGA Professional in 2004, Xavier developed a strong interest in coaching and retail and started devoting more time for the golfers around.
In 2007, after being elected as a full member for the PGA, Xavier was offered to continue his career as Resident Professional in the newly open Castle Dargan Golf resort in Sligo.
That year, after the success from his players, Xavier was invited to become a GUI Connacht Coach to work with the underage elite in the province and was involved with a National win at the Inter Provincials while developing players to bridge to National Coaching and experience international tournaments. A year later, an additional invitation to coaching came from the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) to work as Connacht Coach.
With a continuous interest to progress his knowledge as a coach, Xavier went on distance learning courses to study Golf Sport Psychology via the PGA (Dr Brian Hemmings) and Strength & Conditioning at Setanta College (Dr Liam Hennessy). He completed his education becoming a Level 3 Coach in 2014 and was accredited the title of PGA Advanced Professional in 2016 as a recognition for his professional achievements.
Xavier’s role at Castle Dargan followed a parallel progression from Resident PGA Professional freshly qualified to Director of Golf four years later in 2011. The modern golf professional must be adaptative, reactive and resilient in his role. This role suggests undertaking more responsibilities over time assisting the Resort Team to make Castle Dargan a successful business.
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My teaching philosophy:
The ideal state of mind for action is confident, focused, and in the flow, with the body and mind synchronized in the present moment. Unconditional confidence takes a big perspective, independent of moment-to-moment results. The bigger the perspective we have, the better we can ride the inevitable ups and downs within a round, over several rounds, or even longer. We can handle difficulties with a sense of humour, knowing that these things come and go. Whatever we encounter, we can be fearless in the moment.
You play your best golf when you plan with your head, then play from your heart - Try thinking of every tee shot on a par-4 or par-5 hole as a layup shot. No matter what club you use, instead of just trying to hit it as far as you can, pick a spot on the fairway that's well within reach. This reduces the tendency to swing too hard and gives you a much better chance of hitting a good shot.
I believe in making the golf swing as simple as possible. It is essential to build sound fundamentals and it is even more important to understand your own swing. I feel I have achieved a lot when my pupils know how to progress on their own. I consider the mind to be as important as the mechanics of the swing.
Golf is a game for everyone, so I tailor each session considering the needs, abilities, and requirements of each pupil. I get the same satisfaction working with elite players as I do help beginner golfers hitting the ball with success.