My private lessons are structured so that we prioritize the skills that need improvement. Golf is a game of skills and skills based instruction is the core of what I do.
Fact: People are individuals and you cannot teach everyone the same method. Well, you can, but a “cookie cutter – teach everyone the same thing” approach to instruction does not get good results.
The basic skills to play good golf are the same, but people’s swings are different and they need to learn skills within the framework of their own swing style.
Question? Do Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk’s golf swings look the same? They certainly do not, but both Tiger and Furyk have mastered the skills required to play golf at its highest level. You would certainly not teach Tiger and Furyk the same “method”.
My lessons begin with watching you hit some balls and talking with you about your game and your goals. Generally, I will then video your swing to help identify and prioritize what skills we need to improve for you to become a better player. I will help you understand your swing and provide you with drills to improve your skills.
Finally, I will send you an email follow up with a summary of our lesson and perhaps maybe a photo or video of what you need to work on.
I strongly emphasize the short game with all of my students. Many people love to hit tons of range balls – which is fine at times, provided that they are spending the necessary time to develop a good short game.
I also strongly encourage everyone to play often and learn how to manage their game on the course, so that they learn how to get the ball in the hole.
GOLF IS ABOUT GETTING THE BALL IN THE HOLE, AND NOT GETTING CAUGHT UP IN TOO MUCH TECHNICAL INFORMATION — THERE’S A LOT MORE TO PLAYING GOOD GOLF THAN FANCY LAUNCH MONITORS PROVIDING INFORMATION ON BALL SPIN, LAUNCH ANGLES AND CARRY DISTANCE.
Generally, I encourage everyone to break down their time on golf as follows
(this will vary based on your skill level and experience)
50% practice / 50% playing on the course
Practice (50% full swing / 50% short game)