Guided self discovery
Like my students, I continue to learn everyday. As I blend the modern themes I research and learn about at Tour Events, with the established ‘constant’ of my coaching, so my teaching philosophy is a mix of old & new. As much as I embrace the latest technology and research from the fields of biomechanics, psychology and physiology, so I draw just as heavily from very simple principles I have adopted from other experienced expert sources and the fundamentals that have been instilled in me from my playing days and all the experience I have accumulated being around elite players. And so, like I encourage my students to do, take ideas and concepts, and develop them until they get what’s right for them through their own trial & error.
Common skills of effective scorers
Unfortunatley I don’t have any miracle cures or a magic set of factors that if thery are applied, will definitely make you better! But I truly believe that most top performers in any sport share a set of commom denominators – those slills that separate them from the rest. They are usually in different proportion for each person, but they are always there. These ingredients allow them to be effective scorers and to consistently compete at the highest level. It’s no surprise to me that I see these players spending most of their time developing these same skills.
Turning talent to skills
The talent we are born with, represents the money we are given to invest – in other words what we start with. How and where we invest it is the ‘how much and what ways’ we practise. This will determine the skills we develop or what profit we made. Pretty simple! My philosophy is to work correctly at the right stuff for a long period, then you will find what you are looking for.
My coaching philosophy is organic, and it slowly evolves as I seep it in hours of study of what works and why it does so. My responsibility as a coach is to match it to each player’s personal agenda and to provide simple solutions to their questions and to the challenges their game presents.
The swing that’s right for you
From our personal setup position, our swing dynamics will be shaped by our physique, preferred shot shape and what how we conceptualise the game – in other words, how you think the game ‘should be played’. Therefore, a single ‘way’ for everyone to swing doesn’t exist in my opinion. What does exist however, is a swing that suits each person best (ie one that can trust!) and each player’s desire to score well and be an effective player.
The ball flight is talking to you
I truly believe golfer’s wouldn’t get as frustrated and then angry if they could learn to translate the flight of their shots. It’s not a mystery – it’s physics. I encourage all my students to study the trajectory of their shots and try figure out what it’s telling them about the impact factors that created it. At least this way they can use their curiosity in a positive way and begin to take ownership of the results and the process that created them. Correct knowledge and understanding dispels fear.
Short game is king
Of course, the swing is only a small piece of the puzzle. The short game and how we practice I feel are every bit as important in order to play consistently good golf. I have always tried to find the best source of learning for each of these disciplines and that has meant travelling far and wide to provide my students with the best possible information. I view short game practice and practice habits in general to be an area where players can really take their games from good to great. So if the short game is King, then how we practise is Queen!
3 Pillars of an effective player
The more I learn about the player’s who achieve their goals’, the more I appreciate the need for a repeatable action, a razor sharp short game and a positive attitude. For me, these are ‘3 pillars’ of a successful tournament player. It might sound simple but attaining the 3 pillars requires planning, discipline and world class attitude.
Own your address position
For me, each person has their own individual set of correct basics at address and I want my students to take responsibility for it, once we have agreed on what it correct for them. I have spoken with many top professionals about how they constantly monitor their setup position. How can we achieve consistency in ball flight if we don’t establish personal constants at address?