Updated: Mar 8
Full Version - Comprehensive, holistic approach that uses motor learning theories to optimize learning. Understanding, awareness, confidence, and autonomy are the goals. The human skills of golf are explored alongside technical skills. Purposeful practice, short game, and scoring are vital.
Golfers should play with freedom and enjoyment. A positive attitude enhances learning, performance, and retention. The coach's and students' mindsets will determine the level of success. Belief, trust, awareness, engagement, commitment, motivation, and enjoyment must be present.
My coaching philosophy is process-based. Discovery and exploration are valued over right and wrong.
No one swing fits everyone, but everybody has one best swing.
Awareness is curative
My focus is on developing awareness and remaining in the present moment. Knowing where we are, our intent, and staying connected to the physical realities is a good starting point. The next step was learning to remain free of interference and committed to the shot process or the lesson. Improving what the ball does, diagnosing a golf swing, pitch, bunker shot, chip, or putt starts here.
Teaching assumes that something is missing in the student's ability, and the teacher has to provide it. As a coach, I presume the capacity is already there and only needs to be brought out.
Fundamentals of Pre-swing
Adapting grip, posture, ball position, and alignment for each player generates efficient movements and consistency.
Fundamentals, Awareness, and Execution of the golf swing.
The biomechanical movements are simplified. The golf swing uses the body and the club to create momentum and accuracy. It's similar to throwing or batting a ball. We all have the capacity. Evolution has created this wonderful body that can throw a spear or swing a golf club. Improving what the ball does, diagnosing a golf swing, pitch, bunker shot, chip, or putt continues here.
More accurate, consistent movement patterns can create greater force and accuracy. These patterns will depend on player skill level and body dynamics. These will be explored, as will the elements of the swing, which include plane, face, ball-flight, balance, tempo, tension. Timing and rhythm create fluid energy that becomes the glue that bonds the swing together. (Check here for a blog on Biomechanics, Swing Physics, and ball flight.
All good players possess some combination of these skills and movement patterns. These essential skills are explored, but there is always allowance for different grips, set-ups, and swing patterns.
Many of the flaws in a golf swing can be traced to these fundamentals. We will help you discover the set of fundamentals that are best for you.
The swing is not a hit. Images, feelings, and reactions to the target are explored.
The ability to move is decided by how you believe you should move, your biomechanics, and your ability to move. The golf swing must be seen as a whole and not as parts, as an orbit, a circle, or an arc.
Focus is not placed on contrived mechanically draining body positions.
The left side of the brain is used for conscious thought, dissecting, analyzing, and organization and helps prepare your shot in the ThinkBox but is a hindrance in the movement and execution.
The fast, visual brain is the right side, which deals with images, movement, and sequencing. The right side must be activated by external cues, images, sound, or feel to swing confidently when entering the PlayBox.
Golfers must learn to use their senses, see, feel, and focus the mind on the intention, feel the clubhead, its energy delivery, and swing the golf club with clear intent towards the target.