The Team

The Scottish Junior Golf Tour initially started, by parents, with a view to simply provide additional competition opportunities for enthusiastic under-14 golfers. Kendal McWade , founder of Instinctive Golf became aware of the Tour and what we were trying to achieve and offered to compliment the competition side of the tour with skill development opportunities. His skill development games have become a trademark of the Junior Tour. Not only are they fun but also carefully thought out to enhance learning.

After an initial session at Carnoustie Golf Links, the feedback from the boys was unanimous – they loved the approach and they loved the task led approach to skill development.

Less teaching, more learning and more FUN!

Scottish Junior Golf Tour


 Walter Burns

Walter is the co-founder with Drew Davren of the Scottish Junior Golf Tour and was a high school science teacher, running what he modestly says was the best science department in Renfrewshire! He brings more than 40 years experience in coaching and talent development in education and sport. He believes in a unified system of learning that encompasses all human physical and cognitive activities, total environment philosophy.

Walter successfully ran the West of Scotland badminton teams for many years and was a Scotland national team manager and selector. He is passionate about creating an environment that helps Scotland’s junior golfers become as good as any in the world and have fun at the same time. He is strongly against elitism in junior sport and considers Talent ID to be counter productive. Putting barriers up to stop childrens development.

“We are just not good enough yet at helping them bring out the best in themselves.”

Help to develop talent, not waste time trying to identify it!

He is dedicated to developing a modern truly 21st century sophisticated junior development system that will allow all Scottish kids to progress as far as they want.

Kendal McWade

Kendal’s vision and willingness is what makes Instinctive Golf so unique. Fifteen years ago he decided that what he was doing was not working. After several visits to his mentor, Fred Shoemaker, he began the process of developing a coaching system that was “teaching without telling.” He is totally committed to changing the “found it, lost it, fix it” culture of golf coaching and making the learning process more effective, more natural and much, MUCH more fun!

In the early years his methods were considered to be controversial and often derided. However his system is now seen to be much more mainstream, skills are spoken of as much as swings and many other coaches now use task led methods. Kendal’s views on attentional focus and motor skill learning are supported by the research of leading scientists such as Dr Gabriele Wulf.

Kendal is a self confessed workaholic. He rarely takes holidays and works a seven day week. When not away coaching he will be found early every morning at his practice ground. Hitting several hundred balls, thinking in a quiet contemplative manner how he can improve his coaching. He works in close collaboration with sports scientists and biomechanics to constantly develop his teaching methods and the environment he creates for his students.

Kendal has coached at the highest level and his impressive client list includes Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley.

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