A Philosophy on Golf Instruction and Training

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A Philosophy on Golf Instruction and Training

By: James Melcer, PGA

Golf instruction is a business. Constantly pushing the limits of our knowledge and seeking out the world’s most innovative ideas will ultimately allow us to satisfy each one of our customers in the best possible way. Putting all of our knowledge and all of our effort into everything we do is the only way we will inspire success.

Golf is a sport. There are three major elements of this sport. The full swing, the short game, and the mental game. Each element must be acknowledged and trained in order to achieve a high level of performance and enjoyment in the sport of golf.

The Full Swing: The full swing is one of the most complex and demanding skills in all of sport. In order to train the full swing effectively instructors must posses a clear understanding of the fundamental physical movements that create it. Instructors should also be aware of the physical abilities and limitations of each student as they pertain to performing these movements and skills. It is the job of the instructor to remain focused on developing a plan for each student that will allow them to continually achieve measurable progress toward mastering their full swing.

The Short Game: The short game is an essential part of golf, and it must be treated as such. All play inside of 100 yards, chipping, pitching, bunker play, and putting are all elements of the short game. As in the full swing it essential that instructors posses an in depth understanding of all the fundamental physical movements that make up each short game skill. Instructors must also be aware of each student’s physical abilities and limitations as they pertain to performing these movements and skills. It is the job of the instructor to remain focused on expressing the importance of the short game to their pupils, and developing a plan for each student that will allow them to continually achieve measurable progress toward mastering...
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