Teaching Philosophy

Most students come for a golf lesson because they complain how far or what direction the ball is traveling. Once desired ball flight is established, I can determine the root cause to get results. My simple approach to the golf swing will help my students differentiate the important from the unimportant. A simple understanding of the swing path, swing plane and clubface can quickly achieve better ball flight. Better ball flight equates to happy students.

I find it important to get to know each of my individual students so that I can tailor a lesson plan. A beginner student has different needs than a scratch golfer. An accountant may need more technical advice than a musician. A professional athlete may need golf explained in terms of his/her current sport. Someone with arthritis could simply need larger grips to swing better. I value information as a tool, so don’t be nervous when I ask you a lot of questions, it will only make your lesson better for you as an individual.

Have you ever heard the saying, “my problem is the six inches between the ears?” It refers to the brain getting in the way of being the best golfer you can be. I believe there is truth behind this statement. A student will only swing as well as he/she has learned. Because everyone learns differently, I will be sure to encompass visual, auditory and kinesthetic tools to further increase lesson retention. I find modern technology, training aids and physically moving a student into position all very important in every lesson.

Golf can be extremely taxing on the body, so I find it my duty to help students alleviate pain associated with the swing. I will customize instruction based on physical limitations a student may have and build a swing around a student’s current range of motion. Most golfers experience low back pain at any given time during their golf career. Many times low back pain can be as simple as a postural set-up change. With my background of a B.S. in Exercise Science and my certification with the Titleist Performance Institute, I will be looking for all possible solutions to help a student swing with more efficiency, to ease any pain or discomfort and to find a repeatable swing for years to come.

Lastly, through effective communication, I want a student to walk away from the lesson tee knowing the cause and effect relationship to become his/her own best instructor. I believe that teaching and learning involve reflection and action. As a teacher, I allow sufficient time for students to reflect upon what they’ve learned; often taking time to write notes or internalize what are important thoughts for them. I believe in lifelong changes to a student’s game; therefore I will explain the big picture and break it down into short-term achievable goals. Depending on the student’s individual needs, wants and goals, I will often place an emphasis on: short game, full swing, practice strategies, course management, special shots, and equipment corrections.

I pride myself on being a patient, positive, outgoing, and creative instructor that truly cares about each individual student. My personal mission statement is to never stop learning through the means of reading, watching top professionals teach in the industry, writing articles and playing. I will strive to make a difference in each student’s life one day, one article, one book, and one facility at a time.

 

  

PGA Professional