Any Age & Level Welcome!
My job is to get you to move differently, and to continue to do so even when you’re on your own. There are a ton of ways to do that. Convince you with pictures, videos, explanations, demonstrating, analogies etc. This learning should be a fun journey.
What – My intention is to have you understand what happens to the ball, club, and your body in a good (and bad) golf shot.
Why – I want you to know why it’s beneficial and easier to be consistent hitting a certain way.
How – How to re-program your mind and body to accomplish this sometimes-counterintuitive game.
The direction of our lesson plans will depend on the students’ available time and energy to put into setting achievable measurable goals. Most situations call for good explanations which helps the student understand and build off of the info given rather then just a list of things to remember (especially if the list contradicts itself).
Learn how to practice productively! For those of you who do great practicing, but can’t do it well on the course, we have to get you to bridge the gap from the range to the course. I have exercises that simulate playing from the range and we can practice on the course.
Philosophy on Teaching Advanced and Intermediate Golfers:
- Figure out your weaknesses and address them
- Short game
- Course management
- Understanding impact (cause and effect)
- Compose a training schedule, like a triathlete
General Swing Philosophies and Theories – For Beginners:
- People’s instinct is to get underneath the ball to help the ball up. But that’s not correct for golf, it’s counterintuitive. For example, you hit down to make the ball go up and swing left to make the ball go right.
- You’re swinging a crooked stick. Every other sport uses a relatively flat tool – paddles, rackets, bats, etc.. Golf is rather a bag full of sticks more crooked then the next. It’s a crazy world where up is down and left is right. (purposely redundant)
- Knowing is half the battle – Many times I have taught a lesson and after just a good description of what is meant to happen and why people end up fixing themselves. Did I mention how important it is to get comfortable with the concept of hitting down?
- Hitting a Golf ball is like hammering a nail. We need to know the direction the nail is pointing so that we can swing the hammer in that direction. And in golf what way do you think the nail is pointing…? DOWN!
Philosophy for Teaching Beginners Whose Goal is to Learn Golf for Social Fun:
- Don’t be intimidated- people, in general, are so worried about themselves they don’t worry about other people.
- Get on the course to watch other people golfing. This puts the game into context and gives you an idea of what people are doing and when. It also gives you the scale of the game. Watching golf on TV isn’t very practical for beginning golf and can be intimidating to someone wanting to pick up the game.
- Learning what golfers care about is important. Golfers care about safety. They don’t want to be paired up with someone who doesn’t know where to go or when to swing. They also don’t like waiting as the pace of play takes some understanding.
- Understanding how the ball goes in the air is vital to understanding why the ball goes where it does. Keep swing thoughts simple, and understandable. You need to know why the ball goes where it does.
Philosophy for Teaching Juniors:
- Fun! Fun! Fun! Don’t get me wrong, safety is by far most important, but it doesn’t have to sacrifice fun.
- Game-based Learning, camaraderie and confidence building.
- My advice to parents is to have your child learn before around 13 years old. Even if they don’t continue with golf it will become easier to pick it up again when you’re older. I believe almost everyone in the US tries hitting a golf ball at least once in their life.
- Private and small group lessons are more focused on mechanics and techniques. Groups are a guided practice.
What (and what not) to Expect in Your First Lesson:
- I’ve got two distinct and different approaches to a first-time private golf lesson. The first I call my outing approach. This is when someone comes to me and needs to get ready for an outing coming up and they just need a quick fix. Give them some pointers and send them on their way. I don’t consider this teaching, more of a band-aid quick fix.
- The other is a more long term approach when I will look to find out where you’re lacking in knowledge and I’ll work to fill in the blanks so things will make more sense for you.
- Sometimes I may play you a video clip. I’ve spent thousands and thousands of hours looking at video clips to widdle down to only a couple I truly like. I would not suggest looking through the thousands and thousands of video clips online. It may not be a good idea 🙂
A Little About Me and My Journey:
I believe that I have an advantage over a lot of golf instructors in that I began to learn this game as an adult (17 years old). I had already played and been competent at other sports. I can relate to how hard learning this game can be.
It wasn’t until my late 20’s, after years and years of time and energy invested into this game, that I met Dave Stevenson and Mark Evershed. That is when my world flipped and, I went from an 8 handicap to a scratch golfer and getting my PGA card. Things finally began to make sense and the game began to come to me. That journey has paid off in my teaching and it wasn’t a straight or easy road. I’m not afraid to say it didn’t come naturally.
Ready to begin your journey into the green?
Our mission for our golf programs is to create a safe and fun learning environment for all ages. Through instruction, practice, and a variety of individual as well as team activities we enable and inspire our students to reach their full potential as responsible, honest, and self-confident people.