In This March Newsletter
- Celebrating A Century of Service to Golf
- Contributions to Brian from our Easiest Swing Coaches
- Seán's 3-Day Golf Workshop in Mallorca
- Ode to Brian
As most of you will know by now, Brian passed away peacefully on 4th February. He is sorely missed by us all and we have been inundated with messages of condolences from you, our subscribers, and from people all over the world. Many people have written about about how Brian changed their lives. We can put our hands on our hearts and say that the golfing world has surely lost an icon of the game.
There was a memorial service at Easthampstead Crematorium, shortly after Brian's death, for family and freinds gathered together to celebrate and honour his colourful life. The service was followed up with a reception lunch at the nearby East Berks GC, the place where Brian got his first job as a golf coach at the mere age of 16.
You can watch a recording of the the service on the link below, including tributes from those close to him and some of his favourite songs (Brian loved music, especially classical music. He also took a particular liking to "The Shadows").
Incidentally, during Brian's funeral, when the Obitus webcast was live playing to anyone who wanted to watch it worldwide, the photographs that came up on the screen during 'The Shadows' track did not show on their screens as there was about a 5 minute blackout. It is rather unfortunate that those who followed the webcast didn’t get to see those lovely photos of Brian at many different stages of his life. However, if anyone wanted to watch again they can by going to Funeral Notice for Mr Brian Anthony Vincent Sparks (dignityfunerals.co.uk) and clicking on the Obitus link that has been put on there and I believe it will be live for at least another 2 weeks (the photos and 'The Shadows' track commence at 39 minutes 39 seconds). On behalf of Obitus, I would like to apologise for the dropout during the transmission.
Celebrating A Century of Service to Golf Coaching
A Recent Article Dedicated to Brian & Philip For 100 Years of Service
Brian started playing golf aged 15 at East Berks Golf Club and took to golf like a duck to water, turning pro a year later and playing on the European circuit within three years. Having found the game easy and fun at the outset, relying on natural instinct and copying good players, Brian while trying to improve, experienced interference (advice) from those around him, thereby making things more complicated. He was convinced there must be an easier way and so once Philip and Brian started working together in 1974, they decided to throw the rule book out of the window and commenced a lifelong search for better and easier ways to play the game.
Brothers Brian and Philip Sparks are celebrating 100 years of experience as Golf Professionals. They registered with the PGA in 1967 and 1974 respectively.
Brian published his book “Positive Impact Golf” in 2010* and released a video clip called “The Easiest Swing in Golf” on YouTube. The combination of both has led to the birth of The Easiest Swing Club, a virtual, online golf club, which will be open for membership in spring 2022.
The movement of Easiest Swing is truly international with people in almost every country where golf is played joining in. There are currently coaches helping people to find this Easier way to play golf, in Great Britain, America, Denmark, Holland, Vietnam, Majorca, France and soon Liberia. The community who have learnt this style of play will be able to meet and discuss all relevant topics in the new Club, as well as tapping into a resource of all the knowledge gained by the coaches around the world.
There will be rooms in the Club to assist with learning more about this relaxed and natural way to swing the Club through articles, chat, blogs and videos, as well as rooms to assist with psychology, breathing, meditation, stretching, fitness and nutrition, all for a small monthly subscription.
There will also be Brian’s Bar where there will be a whole plethora of notes and tales from Brian’s extensive coaching life. The community will be able to use the Club to meet other members and travel around the world to play golf with likeminded people.
Who benefits from Easiest Swing the most?
Well, we have had golfers of all ages apply the principles including some tour players, but the ones who seem to benefit the most seem to be the ones most maligned and confused by traditional coaching…. the senior golfer. These are the largest single group of golfers worldwide (in excess of 40 million golfers), but traditional coaching seems to have ignored and bypassed them. We believe that only six books have been written for this group in the last quarter of a century! Furthermore, traditional Professional education hardly even broaches the subject.
You can read more of the article in its original magazine format here:
Congratulations to my dear friend and mentor, the late Brian Sparks, and Philip for this outstanding achievement and I am sure you will all agree with me that we are so very grateful and priviliged to benefit from their committment to helping make the golf swing more understandable and doable for senior golfers. Without their passion and dedication to this journey they embarked on over 50 years ago senior golfers would still be trying to play golf with more tension and less movement.
Contributions from Easiest Swing Coaches
Click here to read a few words from Easiest Swing Coaches
R.I.P Brian Sparks
17th June 1951 - 4th February, 2022
Ode to Brian
As we strolled the fairways on that last afternoon
I realised this game would end too soon
Not enough time for more banter and fun
Not enough time for more holes in the sun
As dusk descended, he faced me and said
Time to go home, time to get fed
Can’t we just play a few more I pleaded
He just smiled and turned; no explanation needed
It was a great day on the emerald green
Two golfing brothers just living the dream
But like all good things that come to an end
I had to say goodbye to my very best friend
So, as I look back at that last great game
With a memory of all that became
Of two loving brothers sharing their time
Debating golf - and life - with a fine glass of wine.
R.I.P. dear brother and best friend,
Dates for Sean's 3-Day Workshop in Mallorca
Book your spot for 17th-19th June
Would you like to enjoy your swing more than ever before?
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With our very best wishes to you all,
"it's still a nice day!"
Seán, Philip and the team at the Easiest Swing