Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
This varies depending upon the experience of the student. If it is a student who has never swung a club before we start from scratch with some stretching to figure out physical limitations. During this time I take the opportunity to discuss the golf swing and what we are going to work on during the first lesson. In all cases where the student has hit balls before I like to take a look what they naturally do well in the golf swing after stretching. From then on I formulate a plan of action to improve upon their understanding of what is necessary to be a consistent ball striker. I also decide what drills to work with that will best benefit the student on different aspects of the swing. I work backward from the green in my first ever lesson system. I usually like to do a full two hour crash course for all beginners working from green backwards through the hole to the tee box. I do this for par 5s, par 4s, and par 3s. We discuss and learn about putting, chipping, pitching, half swings, three quarter swings, and full swings all on the first day. Including a introduction to greenside bunker and fairway bunker ball striking. Depending on how much a student can benefit from a longer first lesson I am willing to go over two hours at no additional cost other than the cost for the first hour providing my schedule permits it. No matter what the case the second hour of the students first lesson is guaranteed free and fully scheduled into that days schedule.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was a head coach for the TGA in union county for over 3 years and completed all of their training courses with prefect scores. I have studied over 30 different professional training courses on teaching the game of golf. I am also a personal trainer so I am very familiar with the human body. I have been playing the game over 13 years and teaching for over 9. I have proven results with over 400 students in Middlesex county alone. Over 900 total students in both clinic and private settings. I am the creator of my own guide to learning and teaching the game of golf that took me over 5 years of research to develope.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
The price for each lesson depends on the clients location and distance that one of my associates or myself has to travel to reach them. The price for each lesson may also be determined by where the lesson will be held. Each practice facility has their own price for range balls and a fee for teaching students. There is usually some necessary information before giving a permanent price for each lesson. Our most economic lesson is the back yard lesson. This is where I set up a driving range practice net, mat, and putting strip in your back yard. My quotes through lessons.com first lesson is always at a discount. I do this to give clients the opportunity to get to know me and what to expect from future lessons with me.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching guitar at the age of 15 and I realized that I had quite the knack for it. I started playing golf at the age of 20 and by the time I was 25 I realized why not take my teaching talents and apply it to a game that I had learned quite well. After my first student I realized that I had quite the gift and thought that it might be a fluke so I took on another student at which point I realized that either I had two flukes in a row or I was really on to something. About 10 students later I realized that I am a very talented teacher and I should keep doing this. I learned that children and adults learn in totally different ways during my experience teaching guitar to many different age groups. After applying some of those teaching principles to golf I have found that I can teach all different types of learners quickly and effectively. Part of my key to success is my belief in any new students ability to be great and learn quickly. This helps us achieve what we believe.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with children between the ages of 5 and 12. I have had great success with those children while working with the TGA of Union County. Teenagers between the ages of 13and 19. I've also worked with a number of men and women over the age of 40 and a number of men and women over the age of 60. I have also worked with younger individuals both men and women in their teens, twenties and thirties. I have found that individuals have special needs due to physical limitations that are sometimes based on age, or circumstance. Each person's individual training regiment is totally based on what they're capable of in my opinion.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I was playing a round with a client two weeks ago who has been a student of mine for 5 months now. Five months ago this man of 62 years of age could not break 100. One could imagine my pride to witness him shoot a legit 83 on a 6,800 yard par 72. Jim is driving the ball a solid 250yrds on average and shaping the ball both ways. He is flushing his long irons and fairway metals. The most important thing is that he is having fun out there. I believe it won't be long before he breaks 80 which is our current goal.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure that they can definitively answer all of your questions and concerns. Also be wary of instructors that tell you that real improvement is going to take a very long time with tons of lessons. They might be holding back on some information that can help you improve more quickly.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Equipment "what do I need to play this game that fits me and my swing?" desired scores "what are my realistic goals?" understanding of the game " what do I need to know to improve my understanding of how to play this game properly?" Health and Longevity "will this swing motion in particular hurt my body over time?" "Do I have any health conditions that I should share that may affect my ability to perform certain exercises that may be involved with my golf training?" these are just a few examples.