The main aim of my philosophy and approach is to teach you how to play the game and move the focus of attention from solely swing mechanics to you the individual and I will consider every element of your game. These elements can be defined as;
PHYSICAL: This includes fitness, strength, flexibility, balance, body type, posture, nutrition, rest, etc.
TECHNICAL: This includes all swing technique, equipment, club and ball fitting, shot making, practice, rythym, tempo, etc.
MENTAL: This includes motivation, focus, confidence, beliefs, decision making, self talk, goal setting, strategy, etc.
EMOTIONAL: This includes your feelings such as nervous, angry, anxious, passion for the game and what you can do about them.
SOCIAL: This includes your interaction with others such as playing partners, slow play, coach, caddie, family, etc.
My philosophy incorporates all of these elements and my beliefs can be summarised as follows:
EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT
Size, Strength and Build
Sex, Age and Experience
Flexibility and Fitness
Desires and Aspirations
Possibilities and Opportunities
TEACH THE INDIVIDUAL
Individual needs (present and future)
Assess their strengths and weaknesses
No one swing fits all (e.g.Bubba Watson/Jim Furyk/John Daly)
Next Level Concept - find the improvement pathway
What is their level of commitment?
Availability of time and attitude
UNDERSTAND THE LEARNING PROCESS
How do people learn?
What? - Technique (Fact, Science or Logic)
When? - Logical sequence and pacing
How? - Verbal/Visual/Kinaesthetic (feel)
Cycle of competence ? Model/Repetition/Habit
TEACH THE WHOLE GAME
Teach all aspects of the game
Teach the importance of proper fundamentals and essentials skills
Teach the importance of the short game
Teach technical, physical and mental aspects together for skill acquisition
Non-Negotiable" Performance skills
Purposeful and effective practice
Fitness and stretching/conditioning exercises
USE CAUSE AND EFFECT ANALYSIS
What is cause and effect ?
It is something that happens (the effect) and that which makes it happen (the cause).
Every motion produced with our body or our club (cause) and every thought (cause) or changes of thought (cause) have certain reactions (effects).
Most Teachers try to fix effects. However, finding and curing the cause brings long term improvement. Most problems are caused before we begin to move (in every element of the game).
Observation and Analysis
Explanation and Demonstration
Implementation, Feedback and Correction
Drill or Exercise
Games and Tests (Measurement and Skill acquisition)