Welcome to 2023! I’m very much looking forward to another season at The Performance Academy and working with Dustin Kerr Taylor and his staff to provide members and guests at Beacon Hall with the ultimate golf experience on a daily basis in 2023.
My “on-line” booking system will be live again on April 1st however, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly prior to then at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.616.3606 and in the meantime “fingers crossed” for an early, dry warm Spring…not too much to ask for is it?
My Philosophy on Teaching & Learning
- Every student must be assessed on an individual basis and be taught with an approach that takes into consideration age, gender, body type, physical and athletic ability, learning style and most importantly personal goals and lifestyle.
- Regardless of skill level, it’s imperative that each student accept and understand the fact that “game improvement” is a “process” and the “process” must be logical in sequence and not shortcut. An approach that is haphazard or made up of “band aids” with no regard for science will only result in faulty mechanics and thus frustration and poor results. It is also imperative for the student to understand that improvement is based upon change and change is uncomfortable at the beginning, however, without change there is not going to be improvement.
- The “game improvement equation” has many components, including, swing mechanics, the matrix and fit of one’s golf equipment, biomechanical function, golf specific fitness, mental makeup, nutrition, motivation, and desire, each of which, must be evaluated to achieve long term success.
- Students will only excel if they are given a personalized strategy or plan that clearly indicates how to close the gap between “where they are” and “where they have to be” to reach their goals.
My Teaching Methodology
I believe teaching methodology is broken into two components. “What” you teach and “How” you teach.
“What” I teach is based upon 4 core fundamentals or benchmarks found in the best ball strikers and players and they are as follows:
- Your grip position must be compatible with the shaft of the club leaning forward at impact and the clubface being square to the desired starting direction.
- The “geometry” of your posture must produce balance plus the correct relationship between the shaft of the club and your body at address. Your “set up” alignments must match the type, direction and shape of shot you are trying to hit.
- The shaft of the club must be on plane throughout the entire motion.
- The motion or the pattern must centered and in sequence.
These 4 core fundamentals are related and not mutually exclusive, one affects the other and there is a priority or sequence in which they should be learned and mastered. The further one gets from these benchmarks the less balanced or neutral the swing becomes, requiring offsets or compensations to produce solid contact and accurate ball flight. A repeatable dependable swing tends to be neutral and not require compensations, however, that doesn’t mean to say you cannot play or play very well having compensations. Quite the opposite in fact, it just means you need to know what compensation(s) are required to balance your golf swing so that it works. I would say that the higher the level you aspire to play or compete at the fewer offsets or compensations the better. This is precisely why world class players work so hard and spend so many hours drilling on the 4 core fundamentals I list above.
“How” I teach depends upon the following factors:
- Age and physical ability
- Learning style
- Lifestyle and time constraints
The “how” is really the “art” of teaching and dependent upon knowledge base and years of experience.