As a player, I feel that I understand where allot of my students get hung up or where they feel they need the greatest improvement. Most of the time in golf, it is the little things that give us the most trouble. The wasted shot around the green, or the missed three-footer that torments us for the remainder of the round. I understand these feelings and most of all, I understand how such small mistakes can be cleaned up with some hard work both physically and mentally.
Whether I be out on the golf course, or in the water surfing, from a very young age fell in love with both sports. How can teaching your passions ever be considered a burden or work?
Nothing is more gratifying then watching one of my students win that Jr. event they had been working so hard for, or helping them to win that club championship they had been so nervous about. Most of all, I love simplifying things so much for my students. There are plenty of confusing messages out there in golf, I’m here to keep things simple and drop those scores.
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1. I always sit down with my students to get an idea of where they want to go in the sport. I believe it is incredibly important for the teacher to understand the goals of his or her student to create the appropriate path for them.
2. Everything begins with the fundamentals. Regardless of a student’s ability level, I always begin with the basics. Grip, Alignment, Posture, Stance.
3. Next, I focus in on my student’s structure throughout the golf swing. Like the structure of a building, if your structure is weak throughout your golf swing especially through impact, you will never reach your full golfing potential.
4. I focus on the swing cosmetics. The positions at the top of the swing, the swing length, position at the follow through etc.
5. Finally, I do playing lessons with all students. We take it to the course. Playing lessons include; having the student explain their thought process over a shot, working on techniques from 150 yards and in, focus on green reading and putting, teaching the importance of imagination around the greens, and finally helping the student get into a position over a golf shot where he or she can feel confident and swing confidently toward their target.
I have played golf at every level from Jr. Golf in Hawaii, to Professional tours in Orlando, FL. I have been around the game long enough to know that a great teacher usually has his ears open and mouth closed. It's important to hear the feedback your students are giving you and I cannot stress enough how important it is to fully understand your student’s goals with a shot, with a round, or with their game in general.
I have been trained under many great instructors including Dr. Robert Winters lead Sports Psychologist at the David Leadbetter dream academy in Orlando, FL. Also, I have completed the US Kids Jr. Golf certification program.
1 HR lesson basic $50.00
2 HR lesson basic $100.00
Half Day (4 HR) $300.00
On Course Playing Lesson $150 + Instructor Greens Fee's
Above are the basic prices for lessons, if a student decides they want to do a large package then I will work with each student individually.
I have been in love with this game since age one. Having been around it for so long and having competed on so many levels, I had the opportunity to see both good and bad teachers out on the course. I decided about 4 years ago that I could bring the players aspect into my teaching a truly help my students become the best golfers they possibly can be.
I have worked with students of all ages and backgrounds, and of all skill levels. Since the process with me is always the same, every one of my students begins the process right from the fundamentals up, so no ever needs to feel they are under or over qualified to come work with me.
I recently helped a gentleman who approached me explaining that he suffered from first tee jitters and often was so nervous playing with members of his club that he simply could not perform. He would get quick he said and would begin to slice everything and it simply would get worse and worse as the day would go on.
Immediately I could see that allot of his good days and bad days for that matter where simply left up to chance because of his set up over the golf ball. Anyone who has been around the golf swing long enough can tell you that setting up closed with your feet and shoulders to your target is an absolute death move. To fight this, his swing path was very over the top and he cut terribly across the ball to “pull the ball” back on line resulting in most commonly a slice. As I always say, we begin at the beginning. I worked with him on his fundamentals and explained how key it is to be comfortable with the basics when playing a round of golf. We got his alignment fixed and his swing path slowly but steadily ironed itself out as well. This allowed him to build confidence and after we did a playing lesson, he understood that if you focus on your game, on your shot, on your target, everything else has a way of falling into place.
He text me about two weeks ago raving about his new found success on the golf course and how he was now impressing his buddies at the club instead of fearing what they thought of his game.
Beware of a teacher that likes to talk and does not listen. If they are not aware of your goals, then they are not the right teacher for you.
Also, so many instructors get so caught up with what technical move your doing right or wrong, that they forget that the main idea is for you to see results, shots long high and straight at your target. Any instructor who gets so hung up on technique is never a great option. Jim Furyk isn’t technically sound, but he found a motion that works for him, he found a way to get the club on the proper swing path and most importantly, he repeats it over and over again.
What are my goals with the game?
Am I looking for a picture-perfect golf swing, or am I looking to be a great golfer?
Is he listening to me, or is he selling me his brand?
Does the instructor have the ability to show what he knows; can he play golf?
Do these lessons make me better, or make me think more?