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 their short game. *In order to achieve success in the full swing and / or the short game, students must be outfitted with equipment that meets their individual needs.
In order to determine the equipment needs of each student the instructor must possess an evolving understanding of golf equipment and custom fitting procedures. It is the job of the instructor to remain focused on providing the student with the knowledge and means needed to obtain equipment that will allow them to achieve measurable progress toward mastering their full swing and short game. The Mental Game: As in all other sports it is essential for participants in the sport of golf to develop skills beyond the physical realm to achieve at their highest level.
Instructors must posses an understanding of sports psychology and the human brain if they intend to make a positive impact on the mental game of their students. The Instructor must also be in touch with each of their pupils personalities on and off the golf course. It is the job of the instructor to remain focused on providing their students with knowledge and skills that will allow them to continually achieve measurable progress toward mastering their mental game. In order for each student to have the opportunity to continually achieve measurable progress toward mastering any or all three elements of the game, and for the golf instruction business to enjoy continued growth and success, a system of golf instruction and training must be applied. It is the job of the system to give instructors the tools that they need to do their job to the best of their ability. The system must be simple enough, and powerful enough to allow any golf instructor with the required amount of knowledge to provide students with continual measurable progress.
The last bit of this philosophy lies in Junior Golf Development. I believe that juniors are the heart of the golf. In order to serve these pupils most effectively instructors must posses specific knowledge in the areas of teaching, coaching, and training young people. It is the job of the instructor to remain focused on an evolving program that allows juniors to have fun, feel accepted, and play amongst friends. Pupils in this program should ultimately develop into healthy athletic people who are able to excel in the sport of golf.