I have been teaching golf for 28 years and have taught over 30,000 hour-long golf lessons. I work with my students on all parts of the game, not just the full swing. I believe there are 4 areas of every player's game that need to be addressed.
1 - FULL SWING
My job as a golf instructor is not just to get you hitting better shots but to teach you about your swing. That way when things start to go a little sideways, you will be able to make the necessary corrections to get back on track. I don't try to make perfect golfing robots out of my students. Every golfer will swing the club differently depending on size, flexibility, athleticism and many other factors. The way I analyze and decide what changes need to be made in your swing is by looking at a couple of key factors. First, we will look at the trajectory and spin of your shot. Is there a consistent mishit? Most golfers have a miss that seems to get them in trouble, for example, you always slice or you hit a lot of grounders. When we look at your swing on video and I will show you why you are making those mishits. There are many drills and swing thoughts you can use to correct the bad shots. I will teach you how to practice correctly, which is really the key to improving. Elite golfers practice differently than high handicappers. Your average golfer gets a bucket of balls and just starts bashing away, usually with only the driver. Elite golfers have a plan for their practice. They are trying to work on a specific position, a certain feel, better tempo or a number of other things. They will use drills, aids or specific thoughts that help them achieve their goals. I will give you the blueprint for improving your swing, and your practice sessions will truly move you one step closer to your golfing goals!
2 - PUTTING
There are many ways to putt. I'm sure you have all seen the different types of grips players use, from reverse overlap to the claw to left hand low and on and on. And there are even more putter types to choose from. These are things we will definitely look at. During the putting lesson there are 3 main things we will work on; 1.SPEED CONTROL - Ideally, every putt will roll with enough speed to stop 17 inches past the hole if missed. This correct speed will help us determine the line we want to start the putt on. 2.GREEN READING - We have to be able to see how much break the putt will have to be a great putter. This part of putting is often neglected but crucial to avoid 3-putts. 3.STARTING LINES - We must pick the correct line using Speed Control and Green Reading. Then when we learn to start the ball on that line we can make everything (or at least that what it feels like when all is going well). Starting the ball on the intended line is all about the face angle at impact. The face angle at impact is 5 times more important to starting putts on the intended line than the path of the putter.
3 - WEDGE GAME
Probably the most misunderstood part of the game. Your wedge shot is NOT a miniature full swing. There are some very specific things that you need to learn to be an elite wedge player. The takeaway is a different sensation in the wrists then the full swing, as is the downswing motion. We will definitely spend some time with these shots, way too many people fear the less-than-full-swing shot. I want my students to be licking their chops and just stuffing these wedge shots close! Improvement here is the quickest way to lower your scores.
4- COURSE MANAGEMENT
Golf Course Management is playing to your strengths, avoiding trouble (at least as much as possible), escaping trouble and placing each shot in the best position to play your next shot. We will accomplish this by going out on to the golf course and talking about strategy and club selection.