A FORMER barber is keen to make a difference in the Dorset golfing community following a career change in lockdown.

Harry Shaw, who lives in Winton, has been a keen golfer from the age of seven and has previously represented the county in national competitions.

However as Harry got older, he did not fit the golf image when he was playing at a high standard for the county and England due to his dress sense and tattoos.

From this, Harry is keen to make golf inclusive and fun for people of all ages and abilities, regardless of what they look like.

The Tattooed Golf Coach was born in May and many Dorset residents have been booking sessions with Harry.

He said: "It has been a very exciting three months setting up my own businesses and supporting the local area. The business has erupted already. Golf helped me battle my mental health and I believe it can help many others in this time of need. I am trying to push the sport and show that it's not just for old, posh people as people seem to think.

"Golf is one of those sports that is great for all."

Through his branding, Harry hopes to emphasise the importance of being yourself and to not be afraid of standing out from the crowd.

His message is also to get everyone involved in golf, whether they have experience or not.

Harry said: "It's great to be different and I love seeing different faces playing and enjoying golf. For me, if you can change the image of golf, we will have more youngsters off their phones and socialising in the fresh air. We will be living in a better world."

The Tattooed Golf Coach has partnered with Julia's House which is very exciting for Harry, who aims to help the local community in more ways than one.

He said: "This is very exciting for me as I can offer my coaching services at events, offer donations, get involved and raise some money for a great charity. Charities are struggling massively at the moment with everything going on, so I am more than happy to help wherever I can."

Harry's clothing brand, which will be launched in two weeks, will include a charity t-shirt whereby the proceeds will go towards Harry's chosen charity.

Also in the pipeline is Harry's junior golf academy which is starting in October and aimed at four to 16-year-olds.

This will occur at Parley Golf Centre, which has been very supportive of Harry's endeavours.

He said: "The centre gave me the opportunity to do what I wanted to do and they absolutely loved it. They also want a more diverse golf industry."

To find out more about The Tattooed Golf Coach and to book a session with Harry, visit: https://thetattooedgolfcoach.simplybook.it/v2/