Neil turned professional in 1989. In the same year he was Rookie of the Year on Scotland’s Tartan Tour, playing out of Elderslie Golf Club. From 1991 he was Head Teaching Professional at Braid Hills, a busy driving range in Edinburgh, and in 2000 Neil was appointed Head Teaching Professional at Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course. In parallel with his work as a teaching professional, for some 15 years Neil was the Scottish National Under-16 Boys’ coach, and later the Under-18 National Boys’ coach. He is one of Golf Monthly's Top 25 Coaches and a Fellow of the PGA.
As Scotland's national boys' coach
2006 - Scotland first victory over England, Under-16 Boys International (right)
2014 – Bronze medal, European Boys Championship
Neil is proud to see several of his national Under-18 charges making their way at the top of the game on the European and
Challenge Tours today, players such as Bob MacIntyre, Connor Syme and Grant Forrest.
As Head Teaching Professional at Meldrum House
Neil has coached golfers at every level, from beginners through monthly medal winners to club champions. He has taken players from low handicap through scratch and on to Tour level professional.
Chris Robb on the Pro Golf Tour
Coaching highlights have included:
As a youngster Neil was infected by his grandfather’s interest in the mechanics of the golf swing and his enthusiasm for the methods of Henry Cotton and Bobby Jones.
In 1994 at the PGAs of Europe Teaching and Coaching Conference in Nimes, sessions with the likes of Hank Haney, Jim McLean, Michael Hebron and Chuck Cook lit a spark for Neil.
Later, Ian Rae and Mac O’Grady both helped solidify Neil’s opinions on what works and doesn’t work in teaching people how to play better.
All of these influences combined to inspire Neil to teach a modern swing that draws on the best of the classic swings. Neil is still acquiring knowledge and ideas from the world’s most exciting coaches on how best to improve every aspect of the golfer’s game.
Coaching - Over the years Neil has shadowed some top coaches, and he still attends seminars and coaching schools regularly, most recently with Canadian Tour coach and biomechanist Scott Cowx (photo), and short game coach to European Tour players James Ridyard.
Swing physics - Neil takes a keen interest in the latest sports science research into the various forces and torques in the golf swing and the technologies that measure them.
Fitness for golf - Neil has a long-held passion for strength training with barbells, believing it can protect against injury, and enhance and conserve fitness for golf in adults through middle age and beyond. Neil used the 2020 lockdown to qualify as an Active IQ Level 3 Personal Trainer. He plans to develop his golf coaching by teaching and supervising golfers at all levels who want to work on strength for longer hitting.