How many times have I heard this, a student wants to improve their golf swing but is frightened of making any changes.
Well it is quite normal to dislike change in our lives anyway, but if you are not succeding in what you do in your life, you had better start looking to change some things.
It is the same in golf.
What I would be very careful of is making wholesale changes to your golf swing all at once, in a desire to get things right.
Even if the student has several areas that need improvement, I make sure I know which areas to work on first, and I do not want my students to be overloaded and weighed down with lots of technique, that will only stall our progress.
I need to plan what to change , when to change, and feed these changes into their golf swing over a period of time.
Can a student do this on their own?
Are you kidding, NO WAY.
You will need help from an expert, a PGA professional who has been recommended to you, or go online and look in your area and see what golf professionals are out there, check out their website, get a feel for their enthusiasm, what training have they done, their experience. Give them a call, tell them what you want from them.
They will be happy to help you.
When a student comes to me , I always ask them two things.
1. What are you doing at the moment to improve your golf?
2. What is the most important thing to you about your golf?
This gives me exactly what I need to know, what they are doing now, and what really matters to them in their golf game.
When working with a new student who wants to really improve I make sure I really understand their swing, their pattern of movement, how this effects their ball flight, and what corrections need to be implemented.
They need to be made aware that they need time to implement some changes and they may feel a bit awkward, this is perfectly normal.
How can you change something in your swing and have it still feeling the same!
The real key here to improvement is only working on a couple of things at once, sticking with them, being patient, making sure the student REALLY understands that, and that you are a team and working to a plan.
It could be posture, maybe the student cannot turn because their posture will not allow it, or maybe they have a misconception about how to move in their swing, which is creating the problem.
So I look at the core issue that is making this golfer inconsistent and work from there.
This approach of being a team and working to a plan will create the right learning environment for the student and the coach.
It breeds confidence because the student knows exactly what to do, and why it effects the flight of the ball.
When your student has clear precise targets to aim at it really helps their focus, they are not distracted by their golfing buddies offering tips on every swing, they know their swing, they know how to improve it.
The results will be rewarding.
David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional
Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor
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