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James Funnell- PGA Professional

As one of New Zealand’s leading golf coaches and having played internationally, James has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Waterford Castle Golf Club. His holistic approach to game improvement covers all aspects of golf. With an extensive understanding of the golf swing, physiology and equipment expertise he is a complete PGA Professional coach.

Prior to leaving New Zealand in 2007, James worked at Taupo Golf Club and the world famous Paraparaumu Beach Golf club as a PGA Professional. James has attended Seminars with some of the best golf Instructors in the world including Hank Haney, David Leadbetter and Gary Smith

  • Titleist Certified Club Fitter
  • Ping Certified Club Fitter
  • James  is a AA member of the New Zealand PGA
  • Works with the beacon clinic Waterford for player screening to help with injury prevention and recovery
  • Works with Jimmy Payne fitness for player strength and fitness

James’s belief is that each players swing is as unique as their fingerprint. To develop that swing we must first have an understanding of what the player’s body will allow them to do. James has extensive experience and qualifications in teaching around physical limitations.

James also has vast experience and qualifications in equipment technology and club-fitting techniques. He is sure to get the correct equipment in your hands.