Francisco Parron Romero
High Performace Centar at the Spanish Golf Federation
TrackMan User since:
When and why did you start playing golf?
At the age of 3, basically cause I come from a golf family, my dad is professional, my mom worked at the pro-shop (my uncles were also pro), so I had to spend the weekends at the golf course with a club in my hands, no regrets on that, I loved it, and everyone there took care of me, and it let me had the chance of learning this beautiful sport.
What was your HCP when you turned Pro?
1.0, that´s a thing I have with me, I always wanted to be 0 before turned pro, it was something personal, but the time to came pro arrived and couldn’t delay more.
Which is your favorite golf course?
Do you have a favorite coach you follow and why?
I follow a lot of coaches.
I have had different favorite coaches through the years, so if you let me I will expand on this, cause it will not be fair to tell just the one that I follow the most now.
At my early stages of coaching, there wheren´t much internet or social media to be more precise, so my father was my favorite, still on my top list, cause he had developed a lot of Spanish National Champions, and I mean a lot… and he is no one outside his region, but everything for the ones that know his job, much inspired by John Jacobs, and update in the later years.
When I enter the Federation, I learned a lot from TPI, which was a huge change in my knowledge and training. In putting since 2010 until now, there is no doubt… Phil Kenyon.
And nowadays I like a lot Cameron McCormick, his knowledge is huge, knows how to apply and it works for beginners and with Tour Pros, his training is really good.
Who is your favorite player and why?
Mnnn tough one again, apologize I need to write more than one…
Last century, I have three favorites… Sam Snead (Mr. Slammy) easy swing, flow, rhythm but very powerful.
Ben Hogan, nice swing, pure competitor and he understood the technical part of the game better than most at his time, he still inspired nowadays coaches. Seve, his game was pure art, he left a print in our golf, in how we see golf, and how people see Spaniard golf.
This century Tiger Woods, I don’t have to expand on that one. Nowadays, I will say Rory, he had so many things that I like in his swing, he’s not a huge guy, but he goes very long, and another easy, effortless (to our eyes) and powerful swing.
What is your best golf related achievement?
As a player, National Champion few times, individual and teams. As a coach, coach at the Spanish Golf Federation and coach tour winners players.
As a golf coach, what is the most common mistake among players you see?
Mainly two things, they don’t really know how much time takes making some changes, and that is important, cause if your expectation doesn’t match the reality… that conflict normal doesn´t end well, in golf or in any other aspect of your life.
And secondly, many of the players I see wants to play perfect golf, and most of the time you have to play with the tools you have, maybe they are not perfect but are your tools, and normally work for you.
What are your greatest professional strengths?
Communications and connecting with the player.
What’s in your bag?
Driver R11, 44”, 9º, with extra weight, I think the head is around 206 grams. 3 wood,
Taylor Made M3, 15º
2 iron MP Hi-H5
Irons Mizuno MP59 Pw-3 58º and 52º Cleveland Wedges
Putt – Cleveland Huntington beach
How often do you play golf yourself?
I have had an injury for the last year, but when I was ok, I used to play on the course once every 2 or 3 weeks, driving range, short game and putting, once in a while, maybe once every 1 or 2 weeks, every day you hit some shots, but I mean training harder.
What has changed since you started working with a TrackMan?
Wow, I will say a lot, not the corrections or the drills, but since 2010 from my point of view had been a revolution in the golf knowledge, part of the blame is due to you guys, but also in other parcels like biomechanics, ground reaction forces…
In particular, since I started with TrackMan two major changes, now I have a better understanding of what´s going on at the impact to produce the ball flight, and correlate with that …my eye has improved, is like you develop a TrackMan eye or some sort of.
Which is your favorite TrackMan feature, and why?
All of them!!! It is a huge tool! But to be honest, what I like the most and above the competitors is not a particular feature but:
– Data consistency and reliability.
– Easy to use interface, sounds obvious, but as a guy that loves technology that features sometimes is underestimate.
– Less than a minute to get high valuable data.
– And from the data or things you can do, I like a lot to look standard deviation and consistency, that gives me a good a idea of the level of the player and his tendencies.
How and where can golfers get in touch with you?
Well, they have to be involved with the regionals federation or Spanish federation, so I am very lucky cause when they get to me there is a guy or more than one that has done a great job.
Do you have any suggestions, how TrackMan can do better or differently?
I would say that you have a huge opportunity to evolve golf in the amateur level not only professional, if you manage to get more TrackMan Range, they will be educated in all this stuff since the very beginning, maybe more as a game I would say, but they will receive it like more fun, like video game, cause some times, let be honest, hit balls at the driving range is not fun for the majority of the mortals.
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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