There is often a paradox in golf coaching, particularly putting, where the universal truth of each player having a different swing or stroke is tossed aside for a one-size-fits-all philosophy. For Phil Kenyon, arguably the premier putting coach in the world, that could not be further from his reality.
A rare coach to have focused on one art of golf alone, Kenyon has mastered his craft, and has worked on putting with five of the past 10 Open Champions at some point in their careers.
One of the major reasons for the Englishman's success is his philosophy. Kenyon believes each individual has a different stroke, and each individual can make that stroke work for them.
"I guess anyone's coaching philosophy evolves over time,” Kenyon said. "And then through experiences, through knowledge and education, you start to develop your own way. At the moment I’m really trying to help the individuals.
“Players have different patterns, everyone comes with a different make-up, so (it's a case of) trying to work with that individual and work out their strengths and weaknesses, and try and formulate a plan relative to them.”
To continue reading this story, the first in a four-part series on Phil Kenyon, head to https://www.theopen.com/latest/2020/06/getting-to-know-phil-kenyon.