John J Hastings was born in 1955 in St Athan South Wales. He worked between 1973 and 1976 as Assistant Golf Professional at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club and then later at Cardiff Golf Club. In 1975 he won the Welsh Assistants Championships and 1 year later qualified as a full PGA member. To gain further experience, John teamed up with the US Masters Winner, Craig Stadler, on the US PGA Tour and also caddied for the winner of the World Team Championships in Orlando Florida. John returned to Wales in 1980 and became the Head Professional at Llantrisant Golf Club, during his 3 years there, he won the South Wales Professional Championships, was leading player in South Wales in 1983 and became course record holder at Llantrisant with a score of 65. This record still stands today. 1984 saw John heading for Germany to secure the position of Head Teaching Professional at one of the country's leading sports hotels, Hotel Bachmair-am-See near Munich in Southern Bavaria. In 1989 John moved to Germany's third oldest golf club in Baden-Baden in the Black Forest where he spent 5 years teaching. After this, John moved across the border to France where he bacame the Head Teaching Professional at the country's first Bernhard Langer Academy in Strasbourg, Alsace. On returning to his native Wales, he was given the opportunity to start teaching as a FREELANCE GOLF COACH AT COTTRELL PARK in St Nicholas. He also coached in 2005 the YMG Junior Welsh Team at St Andrews Scotland where they finished third.
"After more than 20 years of teaching Natural Golf I have seen definite improvement in both beginners and low-handicap players alike.
The Natural Golf way of teaching is to concentrate more on the inner qualities we all possess such as relaxation and inner harmony. Due to the fast paced and stressful lives most of us lead these days, we rarely tap into these abilities.
I have found this method of teaching to be beneficial to many businessmen who struggle with high pressure jobs. The Natural Golf way of teaching brings not only improved golf playing but also enhances ones enjoyment and appreciation of the game. This in turn engenders feelings of wellbeing and provides a means of finding a calm space in other areas of ones life."