Friday, December 30, 2011


Ramsay McMaster, arguably the world’s leading golf specific physiotherapist, has died suddenly in his adopted home of Australia. He was only 49.
His love for the game of golf originated in the land of his birth, Scotland.
His passion for the game was easily identified at an early age when he played 81 holes in one day at his home club of Bridge of Allan at the age of 14 years.
His passion for the sport continued when he migrated to Australia and established the world’s first golf injury clinic in the city of Melbourne.

Ramsay McMaster Golf PhysioI wonder if you would be kind enough to post the following in memory of a fantastic man whose life ended prematurely yesterday.

Ramsay McMaster, the pioneer in Golf Physiotherapy, died suddenly on December 29.  I am unsure quite how to describe and pay tribute to someone as inspirational, motivational, enthusiastic and truly giving as Ramsay.
Personally, I owe my career to this man. He helped and inspired me over the past 14 years, and his enthusiasm for golf and physiotherapy was infectious. He was truly passionate about golf fitness and his quest to find the best training methods for golf.
He was founder of the spikey ball, posture bar, and numerous assessment tools, warm-ups and exercises, and I think his Cowboys and Indians golf warm-up probably best sums him up!
Ramsay was never scared to explore new ground, and certainly never scared to look silly doing so as we crawled up sand dunes and up golf fairways with clients! He would do anything to help anyone.
He had been involved with Scottish Golf for more years than I had known him and willingly consulted on the programme.  His ideas and expertise shaped our programme and he helped us develop and progress it over the years.   His spikey ball exercises, band work and primal moves are used by the men and boys today, and he has left a massive legacy.
Ramsay, unfortunately, has been taken from us far too soon, as I know he had still lots to give. However, the biggest loss will be felt by his wife and young children that are left behind. My heart goes out to them at this very sad time.

Karen Young
Lead Physiotherapist Scottish Golf

The Chairman, Members and staff of the PGA of Australia were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Ramsay McMaster on the evening of Thursday, December 29.
Ramsay, through his boundless energy and enthusiasm for the game of golf, was instrumental in educating PGA (of Australia) Members and amateur golfers alike to achieve greater performance through understanding how to tune their bodies for the game.
Ramsay worked with some of the world's leading coaches including Peter Cowen, Steve Bann, Jim McLean and the head coaches of numerous national teams including Scotland, England, New Zealand, China and Australia.
Ramsay delivered education programs to PGA of Australia members and trainees to help them to enhance the lesson experience and to become better coaches of the game of golf. His golf specific training methods helped to enhance the performance of many tournament professionals, including (Aberdeen-born) Michael Sim.
Ramsay’s work as a golf fitness expert shaped and influenced so many people’s lives. A true pioneer and friend of golf, Ramsay will be greatly missed. With fondness we remember a wonderful person with boundless energy, vision and passion.
The PGA of Australia extends its sincere sympathies to Ramsay's wife Caroline and children.




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