How I give a golf lesson

I say this to help all of you find the right pro and also get some insight on how to ‘receive” a lesson.

I like to attack one problem at a time and attack the one that occurs first, as it will affect what happens later. Setup obviously takes first place in this category.

Then, when I start working with the first swing issue, I like to communicate a few different perspectives and some different ways to fix it until the student finds a “light bulb.”

Let’s take getting the club back too far inside immediately as an example. Common fault, often results in OTT and other bad issues.

Student A might understand the concept of a 90* shoulder turn controlling the backswing instead of the arms. Student B may think of getting the right shoulder higher on the takeaway, while student C might find the visual of a shaft outside the ball as a reference point the most pleasing…and so on.

I do not look for immediate results in shot making. I look for a change in body motion and how comfortable the student’s facial expression is…I move on quickly and sometimes I find a completely unrelated thought gets the job done.

It is not helpful to make a comment after every shot with a different thing that is going wrong. I feel either a positive comment about how things are moving in the right direction or the attempted change isn’t quite right yet.

You as a student need to ask questions and make sure you have an understanding of what you are being told. Ask for clarification or a different way of looking at it.

If the teacher won’t help you understand things a different way, you need to move on.

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  1. Calvin

    Ho-hum. That’s okay and will probably succeed over time. It leaves out what should be the first and major concern of a golf teacher over stance, alignment, swing method or anything else; and that is contact with hands ahead of the ball and a free wrist hinge. Until a student could chip in this way with good contact I wouldn’t allow anything else at least on my time.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Calvin. I agree with you. i was talking in generalities, where you are talking specifics.

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      • Calvin

        🙂 I have a brother who can really whack the heck out of the ball but his chipping and pitching is a spastic nightmare. You can almost see him getting ready to whip it with his hands just as he starts back. He should be forced to watch 10 straight hours of Couples chipping and pitching.

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    • Dion Breen

      Calvin, this is the Secret. Afterwards play with how your swing looks & pay the ‘pros’.

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  2. woody

    I’m assuming that you’re talking about in-person, rather than your Internet analysis.

    Do you ever demonstrate anything? That could be intimidating, but it could also convey rhythm, tempo, sound, and the idea that everything is working together. I suppose the student might feel “cheated” if he had to watch during his lesson time.

    I think watching a world-class golfer up close & personal would be a great way to learn something.

    I always thought it was rude for an observer to stand in the Haney position, in the golfer’s peripheral vision (down the line behind the ball). Do you have a preferred place to watch from?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I will look from the DTL position to see things, but I like being in the face on if possible.

      If the range is crowded, sometimes, the DTL position is the only place you can be.

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