What You'll Learn

 

 

 

My areas of teaching are:

 

Beginner

There are different levels of “beginner.” This can be someone who has never picked up a club before, or someone who has played a few times with little or no instruction. Lessons will cover the fundamentals first. The student will learn grip, stance, posture, alignment and ball position. Some beginners may also need instruction to cover the rules and golf etiquette.  

High-handicap

Golfing experience can very greatly. This person may be proficient in rules and etiquette, but shoots high scores (over 100 for 18 holes). A check of the fundamentals is the first step. Next, the student will learn the basics of the proper swing. Swing correction drills may be recommended.  

Intermediate

Players who average in the 90's fall into this category. Lessons begin with a quick check of the set-up. The students swing will then be evaluated to determine what area needs improvement. The student may study the hip turn as well as plane, path and ball-flight laws. Drills and practice routines will be recommended. 

Juniors

Lessons are for kids (ages 6 to 15) who fall into either the beginner or high-handicap definition. The approach for a junior can vary greatly as a young persons’ pace of learning tends to vary. There are also considerations for strength and coordination

Women

Lessons are available from beginner to advanced level. The beginner will learn the fundamentals of grip, stance, posture, alignment and ball position. Rules and golf etiquette will be covered if desired. Intermediate players will be taught the proper swing. Adjustments to overcome strength limitations will be covered if needed. Advanced players may be evaluated with video. 

Short Game

The most efficient way to lower scores is with a solid short game. The student will learn proper chipping and pitching methods. The importance of these skills and their impact on scoring will be covered.  

Putting

The putting stroke is not nearly as structured as the swing. Still there are some basics principles that hold true for nearly every good putter. These principles as well as the mental aspects of the “target” will be discussed and put into practice.  

Course Management

Course management is best learned on the golf course itself. A playing lesson is the recommended way to teach this often overlooked aspect of scoring. Factors such as wind, elevation, lie-angle and trouble shots will be covered. The concept of risk/reward will be a main topic of discussion.  

Psychology of Scoring

Also covered with a playing lesson is the psychology of scoring. Here the student will learn about “the zone” and how to get there. The concepts of course vs. practice, “staying out of your own way,” and gaining control by giving up control will be discussed.  

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