Simon Dyson, former European top-10 player, retires from pro golf
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Simon Dyson, former European top-10 player, retires from pro golf

Simon Dyson, one of European’s top 10 golfers throughout the latter half of the 2000s, has announced his retirement at the age of 41 to concentrate on a coaching career.

The Yorkshireman, now based in Manchester, wants to concentrate all of his time and effort on coaching. In his golf career, Dyson amassed almost £10 million in prize money thanks to six European tour wins. Dyson, however, is looking forward to this new opportunity.

Speaking to BBC Radio York, he said, "I'm so excited about this next chapter. It's like being back to when I first got my European Tour card. I'm just looking forward to helping other people improve. Whether it's for the monthly medal, or a minor tour event, it'll still be a buzz for me.

"I've gone in to partnership with Mottram Hall, working on elite golf performance which taps in to all sides - physical, mobility and the mental side.”

What intrigues Dyson is how few golfers know what a stock shot feels like with every club in the bag.

"I'll be working on exactly how far players hit a full shot with each club. So few really know," he said.

He also wants to help golfers better manage their rounds.

"And on the psychology side of playing, course management, visualisation of shots - especially the ones you don't like the look of before you hit them."

In 2014, Dyson suffered an injury that ultimately may have expedited his retirement.

"I snapped a tendon in my left wrist," Dyson said. "I had surgery and it healed but the strength wasn't the same. I wasn't the same player when I came back. I qualified for a medical exemption from the tour, then maybe I came back a bit early as I was so eager to get back out there. But I really didn't trust it. It felt like it was going to go again. I was compensating for it and started swinging badly and got myself in a bit of a mess.

"I gave it a go on the Challenge Tour but, if I'm being perfectly honest, I didn't really want to be there, when I could have been at home with the family. And I had already by then started in motion and got the ball rolling on what I'm going to be doing now. And this just feels the right time."

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