What do I teach people?

Direction.

The job of a good instructor is not to teach perfect positions and movements, but to push the golfer in the right direction.

My analogy is I try and give the golfer a compass and tell them home is SE. There are many obstacles in the way, so getting SE is not a straight line and sme backtracking is necessary…but it’s the golfer’s job to find their way home themselves.

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  1. Calvin

    If you meet the Buddha on the road, give him a wedge.

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  2. woody

    “home is SE”

    –If I wanted to swing like a Tour pro, I’d say that HOME is winding-up and unwinding. Not pivoting , or turning hips or shoulders, or shaft plane, or preserving the spine angle, or float-loading, or throwing, or torqueing the shaft, or finding out what a D-plane is, or eliminating head movement, or swinging to left field, or weight shift…

    I call my first witness on wind-up, Hogan. Do you solemnly swear…?

    Hogan: “A golfer wants to have tension; he wants the mid-section of his body to be tightened up, for this tension is the key to the whole downswing…When you have this stored-up tension in the muscles between the hips and shoulders (and the muscles of the thighs that work with the hips), you have something with which you can begin the downswing.” (But, he didn’t say how to do it, and it’s not obvious; and someone could be thinking about it the wrong way and still be doing it; or be thinking that they’re doing it and still not be actually doing it.)

    I call my 2nd witness, Martin Laird. Do you solemnly swear…?

    Martin Laird (as quoted in an online golf magazine): “I hit my longest drives when I feel loose, relaxed and unwinding smoothly through impact without a lot of effort.”

    That’s what they do, and that’s what I see when I watch them.

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  3. blacksox

    Golfers who hit the ball poorly suffer from a lack of talent! There is nothing you can do when you’re fighting gravity from mental paranoia.

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