• It’s important to find a natural motion the player can repeat.
  • The fewer changes, the better.
  • Golf swings are like fingerprints. No two swings are exactly alike. Each player is unique and must be taught accordingly.
  • I need to understand my student’s intentions before I can coach them in a positive direction.
  • Trust and mutual respect are key ingredients to a successful long-term relationship.
  • I am not a method teacher. I try to build a golf swing and a playing strategy around the strengths of the player in front of me.

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Teaching Principles

  • Create Ball Speed
  • Solid Contact
  • Clubface Awareness
    • Many golfers are not aware of where the ball contacts the clubface. Accomplished golfers can almost always tell you precisely where the ball contacts the clubface.
  • Head is behind the ball at impact.
    • Many directional control problems stem from the head and body being too far in front of the ball at impact.
  • For iron shots, the grip of the club is slightly in front of the clubhead at impact.
  • The feet use the ground for resistance and leverage.
  • The downswing begins from the ground up.
  • For a right-handed golfer, there is no lateral motion outside the right foot during the backswing. The right hip turns inside the right foot. Likewise, the left hip turns inside the left foot into the thru swing.
  • Ideally the shaft is balanced between the arms during the swing.
  • For a right-handed golfer the left, or lead, arm tends to be extended through impact and the right, or trail, arm tends to be extended after impact, until it folds at the finish.
  • Golf is a game of rhythm. It’s hard to have good rhythm if your muscles are tight and you are ‘thinking of the steps.’ Free it up! Be athletic!
  • At impact, the ball is reacting first and foremost to your clubface and where your clubface is coming from.

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