My Teaching Philosophy | The Way I See Golf Instruction & Improvement.
I’ve taught numerous PGA Tour Professionals & numerous who never have played the game! All students are equally important, no matter the skill level
I am a believer in simplicity and in my opinion, simplicity starts with listening to the student. Most teachers are teaching a golf swing instead of teaching the student. Through my last 30 years of teaching, I’ve learned to start every lesson by listening to the student’s needs, wants and goals. That is where we start every lesson.
The last 4 years of teaching has become better that ever. With the advent of TrackMan there is no guess work with what is happening at impact. The impact zone is all that really matters. Rather it be putting, chipping, pitching, bunkers, iron shots or driving, TrackMan helps accelerate the learning process. With the ability to use TrackMan virtually every lesson we are no longer speculating on ball flight.
Once we have all of the ball flight data, there are different ways that we can start to work with your game. The goal is to create a feel or a sensation (something that you will be able to repeat on your own) for what needs to happen. Where the club needs to go, where the body needs to move, what might start the motion on the initial downswing. Those are typical focal points in transitioning the student from old movement patterns to new. The new movement patters aren’t always comfortable but they are paramount in taking your game to the next level. Once you have captured the feel or sensation then that becomes a huge step towards better ball striking.
With all of the incredible technology, it is only a tool for learning and improvement. Simplicity remains the major focal point in all my coaching. In my written and now YouTube series, “Mastering the Basics”, I break down the importance of grip, posture, alignment, set-up and ball position. Those basics serve as the foundation for each lesson. Building a foundation around fundamentals becomes the building blocks for all swing changes and improvement. The more simple we can make things, the simpler golf becomes.