Duke Perrin Golf Teaching Professional
From playing as a junior through college and eventually as a professional I have had the passion and desire to teach. The last thirty plus years I have guided thousands of beginners, children (juniors) College players, mini tour and two playing professionals. I was fortunate enough to learn my craft by working under the watchful eyes of renowned teachers and to eventually assimilate that knowledge into an easy to understand process for players of all level that seek improvement.
I only have to listen to the comments of students, fathers, mothers and classmates consistently voice their opinion of my honest enthusiasm for the game. That is evidenced by the way I conduct my teaching with follow up, caring, enthusiasm. It has always been my policy to maintain communication with my students by email or them sending me photos of a problem ther having for my study or even attending college matches whre my students play.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
The first thing I always do is talk to students to determine their goals and what they are committed to do to achieve these goals. At this point I answer any questions and then start on the basics to evaluate their current abilities. at this point I offer a true evaluation of what I think it will take to achieve these goals. Once this process is finished we start with the fundamentals which is the true path to accelerated learning. Once there is a clear understand we commence the process. At this point, we are engaged.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Over thirty years teaching experieince. In my formative years as a teacher, I worked at golf courses, both private and public. Eventually, as my reputation grew I contracted to work in different locations on my own. Have worked in conjunction with name teaching professionals assisting them at golf schools, attended over forty teaching seminars throughout the country and worked side by side with notable teachers to develop teaching ideas.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My price per lesson is 60.00. I do not offer an incentive for the first lesson. Rather, I schedule it where I work beyond my normal time to make sure the fundamentals and any assigned drills are understood.
How did you get started teaching?
Played on my high School Golf Team that was "coached" by the football coach. My dad sent me to a real golf professional and I quickly played #1 on the team Started helping my teammates. During college Iworked with many of my teammates. The Dean asked me to take charge of the ladies golf team and it went on from there.
I never had a desire to pursue my business education. The die was cast!
What types of students have you worked with?
Myt students cover the spectrum. I worked with the Braille Institute kids, injured veterans, classes and private instructions for children of all ages.
I truly enjoy wiorking with players of all ages and sizes, it tests my abilities and makes me a better teaching having devise multiple ways to say the same thing. E
If you ask me who my favorite persons to teach are I would answer that by saying anyone with enthusiasm to be better.
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What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I will just make a comment. Looking back on my career, I would be cautious about hiring a student that is married to technology. Technology (trackman) is a great tool. Unfortunately, it does not tell you how to fix the problem. Experience is the only teacher that can provide you with multiple options the teacher can use. Too many young pga professionals teach right from their study guide. This is not teaching with a full box of tools, this is connecting the dots.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Students typically start a lesson by telling the instructor what his problems are. 95% that self diagnosis is not the cause. However, it is important to listen because fixing the swing is only part of the solution. You must also educate so their mental side is in-sync with their mind. We all know this is a mind game. If they are not in lockstep, they cannot expect to improve.