Gilchrist selected to coach Yani Tseng Golf Camp in Taiwan

Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng and Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher Gary Gilchrist will team up for the third consecutive year to personally instruct Taiwan’s next generation of golfers.

Tseng will host the Swinging Skirt’s Golf Camp December 9th to the 12th at the National Golf Country Club in central Taiwan, marking Tseng’s continuous effort to give back to her hometown.

Gilchrist has always been a firm believer in training the entire athlete through more than just technical swing training. At his Orlando-area based academy in Florida, he and his team incorporate a holistic training environment for juniors, amateurs and professionals through technical, mental, fitness and strategy training in addition elite education for juniors in the full time boarding program.

Gilchrist brings this same philosophy to Tseng’s camp, which encourages juniors to become well-rounded in order to accelerate development.

“Giving back to Yani’s home town through golf has long been her dream,” Gilchrist said. “I feel honored to help Yani with that dream and that she turned to me in the first place. I am excited to bring my expertise and know-how in golf coaching and my system of training to Taiwan. Taiwan has created quite a few young, talented golfers. I hope I can help inspire these promising players to reach their full potential and help introduce more young talent to international golf.”

Yani Tseng Swinging Skirts Golf Camp will be divided into two groups. The first group, made up of 24 promising junior golfers from Taiwan and China aged 12 to 20, will receive three consecutive days of intensive training, including oral communication, swinging clinics, fitness drills, course management and mental buildup. Yani will also play some holes with these students to provide on-the-fly lessons and tips.

Another group is intended for 60 schoolchildren aged between 7 and 12 to experience the game of golf through interactive games, teaching tools, fun putting games and swing lessons.

Before making a name for herself on the LPGA Tour, Tseng made her mark making her way up the junior ranks in Taiwan, strengthening her talents just like hundreds of other young aspiring Taiwanese juniors. And once her playing career has come to an end, Tseng has reiterated her wishes to follow in the footsteps of her idol Annika Sorenstam to build a golf school.

“After playing in the U.S. for a few years, I feel that Taiwanese golfers are very talented,” Tseng said. “What is lacking is international systematic and scientific training to bring out the best in them. Promoting golf has long been my dream. I wish this camp will give Taiwan’s golf a jump start,” said Yani Tseng, who also planned to invite outstanding graduates from her camp to attend AJGA’s Yani Tseng Invitational Presented by Swinging Skirts, a junior tournament slated for April 2014 and owned by Yani.