Maurice Duhamel was born in 1963 in St. Ignace de
Stanbridge, a village 45 miles southeast of Montreal, in Canada. His
childhood was a happy one, in which sports were the favorite pastimes
for young and old alike. His passion for games was so great that at an
early age he decided to pursue a career in the field. He was very
interested in the various factors that can influence athletic
performance, and at barely ten years of age was already beginning to
read up on the subject as he tried to understand the workings of the
human body and how it responded to training.
Several years later he was awarded his first university
degree from the University of Montreal in the teaching of physical
education, his strongest subject being biomechanics. Following this he
began a career as a golf instructor that led him to work in several
different countries, including Canada, France, Bermuda, Mexico, and
Portugal, before officially becoming a golf professional in 1988.
Maurice Duhamel was one of the rare candidates to obtain
a mark of 100% on the admission examination to the Professional Golfers'
Association (PGA). After that he worked for five years in Belgium, two
in Germany, and lastly in Switzerland, for six years.
Still fascinated by the factors influencing athletic
performance, he spent from 1997 to 1999 working towards a a master's (M.Sc.)
in sports psychology while continuing to work as a full-time golf
instructor, His thesis was based on the collaboration of twenty
professional golfers, including seven winners of the PGA European Tour.
While teaching golf in Switzerland Duhamel contributed a
regular golf column to Golf Suisse, the official magazine of the
Swiss Golf Association.
A teacher highly appreciated by his students, Maurice
Duhamel continues to be passionately interested in golf technique. His
years of experience as a teacher of the game, together with his analyses
and research, have enabled him to develop an exceptionally effective
approach to golf technique that his book Golf: The Secret Valley and
the Perfect Swing will put within everyone's reach.
Between 2001 and 2004 Duhamel has divided his time
between his native country and the island of Cyprus. It was during this
time that he wrote the greater part of The Secret Valley and the
Perfect Swing, completing it in the Caribbean, where he had moved
with his family. He now lives in Canada.