As 2013 draws to an end I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I learned/observed while helping others play better golf this year. This collection does not encompass everything I learned or dive into too many technical things. It’s my collection of thoughts that I think can make others improve their games.
5. Golf course are way too long, especially for women.
I started noticing this while coaching the girls’ golf team for Canal Winchester High School. Analyzing their scorecards I saw how much they struggled on Par 5’s. Initially this surprised me, but after some research I realized how impossible those holes can be. It’s my strong recommendation to find a tee box that matches your ability and start having fun.
4. Golfers are obsessed with PAR.
It’s interesting to me how one number can lead to so many bad decisions on the golf course. During playing lessons I frequently have this conversation:
Me: “Can you make par on every hole?”
Me: “OK, then why is that your strategy?”
One of the big things I like to impress upon my students is playing for a personal par. It’s amazing how quick their scores can drop when they truly embrace this concept.
3. Centeredness of contact is really important
This one is slightly more technical, but it’s so important to hit the ball in the center of the club face. All the knowledge we possess about the ball flight laws is completely altered when a off-center strike occurs. To truly understand ball flight, we must understand where the golf ball was hit on the face. Thanks to my handy can of Dr. Scholl’s foot spray, I can keep my eye on it (if you’ve been on my lesson tee, you may have seen me bust it out).
2. Golfers are WAY too hard on themselves.
I’ve come to realize that a big part of teaching/coaching golf is motivating and keeping players focused on the task at hand. Everyone is looking for the quick fix and is hesitant to dedicate themselves to the improvement process. Enjoy the small victories on your way to golf improvement.
1. It’s my job to be more of a coach than a teacher.
This one is related #2 on my list, but I feel needed its own mention. The relationship I have with my students is more than just passing on my knowledge of the swing. It’s building a partnership that makes is easier to reach their golfing goals. I pass on knowledge, I motivate, I critique, and most importantly, I share in their victories.
Thank you for reading my list and making 2013 a hugely successful year on my lesson tee. I’m excited to get back to coaching and helping everyone PLAY BETTER GOLF. It will be exciting to see what I can learn next year. See you on the lesson tee!!