Name: Sebastian Rohrmann
Coaching at: Fleesensee Golf Academy by Sven Strüver@ Golf & Country Club Fleesensee
TrackMan User since:
When and why did you start playing golf?
The reason why I started golf in 2001 was that I had injured myself by playing basketball. This was my favourite sport before I noticed that golf will be my passion for a lifetime. My three brothers used to play golf and they convinced me to give it a chance. In the beginning golf was hard for me but I wanted to keep up with my brothers. I practiced every day to get better and to beat them one day on the course.
My first golf book was “How I play Golf” by Tiger Woods. I developed a big interest for golf technique. 2007 I met teaching professional Oliver Heuler at the Golfclub Fleesensee, Germany. His impact-oriented teaching philosophy impressed me a lot and has been a cornerstone for my own way of teaching.
What was your HCP when you turned Pro?
Which is your favorite golf course?
Schloss Platz @ Golf & Country Club Fleesensee. The design of the golf course is breathtaking. Every hole is different and the ondulations of the fairways and greens are always a challenge for each player. Since the weather in north Germany can be very challenging every shot has to be well planned and executed.
Do you have a favorite coach you follow and why?
My teaching is affected by many great coaches who accompanied me during my training as a golf coach. I appreciate the thoughts and work of Oliver Heuler, Roland Becker, Marco Schmuck, Moritz Rossa, Sven Strüver and Oliver Neumann. At the moment I am very interested in the lessons of Dana Dahlquist and Mark Blackburn.
Who is your favorite player and why?
My favourite player is Alex Noren from Sweden. A few years ago Alex wrote a blog of his own that I loved to read. I did get an idea how hard life would be on tour. It takes a hell of a lot of talent, a very strong will and a big dose of luck at the right moment. I wanted him to succeed in how he approaches his goals. Meanwhile he is very successful but a major is still missing. I’ll keep both fingers crossed in early April.
What is your best golf related achievement?
In 2005 I played the first two rounds of the club championships with my brother Stefan in my flight. It was a weird situation because I wanted to be better but on the other hand I suffered when he made a bad golf shot and the ball disappeared in the hazard. In the end I had a better result than him. The next year it was the other way around. Through the years it always went back and forth.
As a golf coach, what is the most common mistake among players you see?
Over the years, a golf instructor develops an understanding and instinct for certain ball flights and matching impact factors. The sound of hitting the ball at the heel, toe or sweet spot is always different. Many golfers and especially beginners have a lack of sense and knowledge of the game. Many golfers work on certain technical aspects that do not have as much influence on the ball flight. I try to give my students an understanding of their ball flight and the matching moment of impact. My hope is that they can help themselves and do not have to listen to the advices of their game partners. Working with TrackMan helps me enormously. The accuracy of the values and the presentation of the data in the software create a better understanding.
What are your greatest professional strengths?
I can listen very well and I am patient during lessons. My technical understanding helps me in difficult teaching situations. When I realize that my student can not control a certain swing change I try to make the task more solvable for him.
I always want to make it understandable for my students. Finding the right words in this dialogue is not easy and I have always to adapt to the needs of my clients. I manage that quite well when I am really good balanced. Luckily, life is constantly changing.
What’s in your bag?
Titleist 917D2 10,5°
Titleist 915D2 15°
Titleist 913Hy 21°
Titleist 913Hy 24°
Titleist 714 AP2 (5-PW)
Titleist Vokey Design Wedges SM6 (M-Grind 60/ M-Grind 56°/ F-Grind 52°)
Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Notchback
How often do you play golf yourself?
During the season we play several times in the evening with other pros. Mostly we have some betting going on and play in teams against each other. That’s what I enjoy most. Luckily, the Golf & Country Club Fleesensee has five beautiful golf courses. You always find the right challenge for yourself.
What has changed since you started working with a TrackMan?
Working with TrackMan has a big impact on my lessons. The understanding of the data is absolutely decisive. The challenge is to limit oneself to the important and to omit the unimportant. This way of working helps me and my students. My understanding of the moment of impact has improved through the daily work with the TrackMan.
Which is your favourite TrackMan feature, and why?
I like the TrackMan Combine Test. It is always a good challenge because you always want to do better. The short distances up to 105m are often underestimated. Practicing those shorter distances made me a better golfer.
I am able to help a lot of golfers presenting accurate values of Attack Angle, Face to Path, Face Angle and Smash Factor.
How and where can golfers get in touch with you?
Fully Qualified PGA Professional
Tel: +49 174 4179152
Golf & Country Club Fleesensee
Do you have any suggestions, how TrackMan can do better or differently?
My suggestion is to modify the TrackMan combine test to use it also for teenagers because of the limited club head speed. It is not usable in comparing teenagers with adults.
Would you like to be the next TrackMan coach of the month?
All you have to do is sign up on TrackMan University and complete Level 1,
we will randomly pick a new coach every month.
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