Hello and welcome!
My name is Mark Tynan, and for as long as I can remember I have had a love affair with the game of golf.
As a golf enthusiast my goal is to help you improve your golf performance. To achieve this I developed the communicative approach to Golf (CAG), an instructional method that takes the typical learning process and turns it upside down!
What is CAG? Quite simply it’s an approach focused on student performance, not instructional methods! The goal is for the student to demonstrate their ability to execute measureable tasks using my knowledge and support to help them improve their golfing skills. Let me give you a few simple examples to help you better understand this approach.
Standard Instruction: This is a typical experience for most students. The student shows up for a golf lesson, where the instructor immediatly begins to show the student how to swing the club. The student is then expected replicate this new swing, and is given a number of drills to help them ingrain this new motion. The experience is instructor driven with little focus on immediate improvement. Drills do not ensure nor measure student progress.
CAG: Student arrives for lesson and goals are immediatly determined. Student works to achieve goals by executing a number of tasks under my supervision, with helpful tips and guidance along the way. Each task is measurable to ensure that performace has been achieved.
Ex. Student wants to improve iron play.
Task: Student is tasked to hit 8 out of 10 nine irons onto a designated green. I help student acheive this my diagnosing their flaws and showing them how to better improve their ball striking. Progress is verified when the student successfully executes the task, and a new task is then created to further their progress. The result? Improvement that is measured through direct execution and better iron play performance.
I'd like to finish by stating that I relish in experiencing my students improved success through their own self discovery using me a tool to help them acheive their goals. While not a PGA professional, I nevertheless believe in my understanding of the golf swing, and MOST importantly, my ability to communicate and help others improve their performance, maximize their potential, and experience to the fullest this wonderful game.
I enjoy the experience of watching a golfer hit that one shot that brings them back. The one shot they have never hit before, and the look on their face when they pull it off.
Mark is very patient with his coaching style and always has great feedback throughout the class. I've had 4 classes with Mark as of now and I can already see a difference in my swing.
Mark was very helpful and I saw improvements after just the first lesson.
1) Interview - students history playing the game, any physical limitations, and their goals.
2) Task assignment: Based on lesson objective, the student is assigned a task with clear directions and detailed objectives.
3) Under my guidance, the student works to execute the assigned task, and performance is monitored throughout the lesson.
4) Once the student has executed the task, the student is provided a progress summary and a new task to be completed as homework before the next lesson.
I have formal professional experience and training in adult education, communicative learning, task based approaches, and a keen understanding of the golf swing and ball flight concepts through personal study of the greatest players and instructors throughout the history of the game.
First lesson is $35 (1 hour lesson). All lessons after are $60 (1 hour lesson). I want to earn my students appreciation and trust upon meeting them for the first time, and make sure they are comfortable moving forward. I value their time and investment towards improving.
I began teaching the game at Bishop Dennis J O'Connell Golf Camp in 2005.
My student profile includes juniors and beginner golfers.
I recently played golf at Pebble Beach Golf Links. It was the greatest walk of my life, and a memory I will cherish forever.
My advice is to find a teacher who makes the game simple and is able to communicate. Golf should be taught at a 5th grade level. There is no reason to make the game harder than it already is.
My advice to students is to think about what they are looking to achieve by taking lessons. Are they looking to fix a particular ball flight, gain more distance, rebuild their swing, maybe work on their short game, etc?