Golfing world pays tribute to Harold Swash

Golfing world pays tribute to Harold Swash

The golfing world has paid tribute to Southport resident who passed away earlier this week.

Harold Swash was involved in the golf industry for over 40 years as a coach, designer of putters and training aids.

Born in Birmingham, and a proud supporter of Aston Villa Football Team Harold now resides in Southport and is a member of the prestigious Hillisde Golf Club.

Putting coach to Padraig Harrington as well as many other famous tournament professionals Harolds original trade was that of a production engineer. It was Harolds knoweldge and expertise in this field coupled with his passion for the game that inspired him to design his first putter as part of the Align Range back in the 1960’s.

As Harolds involvement in the game intensified, through working with many of the European Tours Professionals with his range of putters his understanding of the determining factors to make a succesful putt grew and Harolds own coaching beliefs emerged.

It is these coaching beliefs that has helped him further develop his range of putters and training aids. The Develpment of the C Groove putter is a reflection of Harolds guiding principle in his coaching. The C groove achieves a forward roll sooner than any other putter on the market. A principle that Harold seeks to develop with all his pupils.

Harolds uncomplicated and common sense approach to the ‘game within the game’ has led some to the worlds leading players to seek his advice and his reputation as a leading coach to grow around the world.

He has packaged together his experience and expertise to to bring the golfing public a unique coaching experience at his purpse built facility, the Harold Swash Putting School of Excellence.

Harolds prodigy, Phil Kenyon has paid tribute on twitter to his mentor on twitter:

“Golf lost a great ambassador today, putting lost a pioneer. I lost a mentor. Sad day. RIP H”


International Teams

  • The English Golf Union – Men and Ladies Senior International Squad
  • The Welsh Ladies and Men’s Squad
  • The Curtis Cup Squad
  • The Dutch Golf Federation
  • Austrian Golf Federation
  • Swiss Golf Federation
  • Danish Golf Federation
  • Finnish Golf Federation
  • Catalana Golf Federation (Spain)
  • The Swedish Golf Federation – Players and Coaches for their Professional teams – both men and women
  • Hong Kong International Squad

Coaching conferences

The Macgregor Week (formerly Apollo Week) – as one of a team of coaches (the others being John Jacobs, Tommy Horton and Dennis Pugh) coaching all the ‘Tour Rookies’

The P.G.A Europe – Guest speaker on putting, giving presentations at teaching conferences and lecturing on how to teach putting. European Advanced Coaching Courses, the other lecturers being Alister Cochran, John Jacobs, Denis Pugh, Tommy Horton, Jim Mclean, Randy Smith, Chuck Cook and Pia Niissen

Notable European, US Tour, LPGA and Amateur Players

Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Soren Hansen, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Ignacio Garrido, Joakim Haeggerman, Niclaus Fasth, Henrik Stenson, Robert Jan Derksen, Colm Moriarty, Stephen Brown, Noel Fox, Francisco Molinari, Andrew Coltart and Jim Payne, Mark James, Costantino Rocca, Tony Jacklin, Tommy Horton, Paul Azinger, Jerry Lewis, , Miguel Jimenez, Mathias Gronberg, , Rolf Muntz, Sandy Lyle, Tobias Dier, Stephen Gallacher, Steve Webster, Massimo Florioli, Michelle Reale..

Notable Others
2003 British Amateur Champion Gary Wolstenholme

LPGA Tour Players
Catriona Matthew, Alison Nicholas, Georgina Simpson and Maria Boden.

TV Appearances Include

  • U.S.A. “The Golf Channel” – appeared on the USA’s 24 hour Golf Channel on ‘Academy Live’ – one hour programmes
  • Sky Sports World of Golf


Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321




Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News.

If you want your news read locally online then send it to – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience.

OTS News on Facebook