I just read Jeff Gilder’s post titled: Amateur Golf Tips for Teaching Pros-How I Come Back After a Long Layoff and I thought, that is a great idea. Teaching Pro’s give great advice and are truly passionate about what they do. Let’s face it, a person would have to be to stand outside in the heat or cold and watch really bad golf all day. I know they get paid, but common’. But I also hear them talk (I’m married to a pro who gives lessons on occasion and he has friends who do the same) about clients/students who “won’t do what I’m telling them to do”. Or better yet, “If they would actually do what I’m saying, then they would hit the ball better.” That may be my favorite, NOT, and here is why.
When I began talking lessons, I had no idea what the golf jargon was. When I was told to put the ball back in my stance, I had that duhhhhhhh look on my face. Then I was told I was making a reverse C and I thought – oh really. And to this day, I cannot “feel” the ball on the club, or “feel” the kick point of the shaft. Some of you might and you probably excelled in your lessons, but not me. Right, wrong or indifferent, call it what you want, it’s the truth and I have been playing about 25 years now. My handicap has been as low as a 12, but now it’s an 18. I finally quit taking lessons because really all I ever wanted out of my golf game was to hit the ball better, to make better contact with the ball so it will go farther and really if it would go in the right direction, I would be happy to give a little on the distance. But this is why I’m writing.
The best piece of advice I ever received in a lesson was from Alan Rosensteel when he was at Myrtlewood Golf Club here in Myrtle Beach. He looked at my swing and told me I was not pivoting on my front (left) foot during my follow through, and that, even worse, I was locking my left knee at impact which was making my hip go up and my left butt cheek stick out. I still do this by the way but try not to. But here is the best part. I could not tell I was doing it so I asked him to show me. He swung and did it himself. I immediately said, oh, you look like you are standing with a baby on your hip. Guess what? My second child was less than a year old at the time and I also had a three year old so I had literally been standing like that, with a baby on my hip, for almost four years. I guess I just automatically did it. He laughed hysterically and said that he had a lot of women students who did the same thing and now he knew why and had a better explanation for them.
To reiterate what Jeff said, the purpose of this blog has been merely to pass along my tip. I have the utmost respect for teaching pros and highly recommend beginners and seasoned players alike find a pro from which to learn and for the often needed refresher. There is no substitute for getting lessons and advice from a pro, but I do believe some pros may have forgotten some of the challenges we amateurs face. My tip for Teaching Pros – talk in words we understand. All industries are guilty of it. When you are around something all the time and talk with others in it all the time, you think everyone understands. Well they don’t. Use daily life examples to get your point across and if it still kills you not to use it, then tell your student – that is what I mean when I say you are not pivoting, etc. We will progress faster, you will be less frustrated, we may re-book on the spot and you make more money – everyone wins!
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