Michael Wharton-Palmer's testimonial to Dan Whittaker Golf | Dan Whittaker Golf

28 Mar 2014

Michael Wharton-Palmer's testimonial to Dan Whittaker Golf

Michael Wharton-Palmer

I first met Dan on the tenth tee at Augusta National, rather a grandeurs start to a relationship that has turned into a friendship as well as a coaching/student learning experience for both of us.

I am based in Arkansas, USA and meet with Dan at least five times a year on both sides of the Atlantic.

Having had a reasonably successful amateur playing career and achieving many of the personal goals I had set myself, I decided I wanted to strike the ball more solidly and was prepared to step back from competition in order to achieve that "feel" we are all constantly in search of.

There were many candidates for the job, tried a few of the worlds biggest names but never really got the impression they were really focused on what I wanted to achieve.

Then I met and started to work with Dan, who understood my strange goal of being prepared to perhaps suffer score wise in search of hitting the ball more solidly.

My exact quote was.."I would rather shoot 75 hitting the ball solidly than break par hitting it the way I do now"

Breaking 30 years of existing technique was indeed a challenge to present to Dan, but one he has taken on superbly and with patience.

We have moved forwards and backwards at times in search of what it takes for me to do what he wants, but he has always handled the set backs with great encouragement and energy, it has been a learning experience for both of us.

So impressed was I with Dan, I started to fly him over to the USA for friends to work with and now he has a "stable" of regulars who await his visits with great vigour and excitement.

I have at least 20 people constantly asking "when is Dan coming back"

Here we are nearly five years down the line working together and I am more excited than ever about going to the range and hitting balls!

I love the game and all it has to offer and Dan has restored my passion for spending endless hours on the heartbreak hill we all call the practice area.

Michael Wharton-Palmer