My philosophy is to participate in the vision the player has for him/herself as a golfer and what they want to achieve with their goals. Throughout the learning process, I don’t like to lose sight of the fact that golf is a game for leisure and fun.
Whether it is a junior golfer looking to make it onto their college golf team or further to the European or Challenge tour, the weekend golfer aiming to lower his handicap, or the newcomer just trying to get the ball to take flight, my goal is to help players of all levels to improve and have fun in the process of playing golf.
Before the coaching process starts, I need to become the student to learn what the clients main objective is and what motivates them to improve. Once I learn this I am on a mission to help him achieve that objective through long and short term goals. I establish the type of learner they are and put it at the forefront of my approach.
I then make a plan to help the player find his way to a better game in a simple and fun way with a logical manner. I ask my players for feedback all the time in order to improve my coaching skills. A successful coach is a great listener and learner.
Feedback from clients is my most powerful tool. A player once noted the focus I pay whilst giving a lesson. He commented that it made him feel both important and encouraged to progress. This puts a smile on my face, and it’s the same feeling I want my client to have when they follow through on their objective and get to show off their skills on the course.
My students teach me how to teach them.