Teaching Philosophy

Many golf instructors will have you believe that you have to get worse before you get better, however I disagree.  I believe each lesson should make the student get better and someone working with me can expect significant improvements in their golf swing and their game after each lesson.  I hear too many golfers say they took lessons with other pros and either they didn't get any better or they got worse.  This is a serious problem! 

To avoid this problem, you need an instructor who knows how to separate the most important things you need to be working on and give them to you in the right order. This is really a big key to improving.

It's not that what other pros are teaching is wrong, it's just that they are taking the longer route to better golf and it's so long, many people do not get there.  That's why I am perfect for golfers who don't have time to hit golf balls everyday.  And if you do practice everyday, then you can expect your results to be even better.

Practicing something enough will often make a golfer get better but if you know the direct route to successful golf, it's much, much faster and way more enjoyable.  

My approach to teaching the golf swing consists of paying attention to key fundamentals in the swing. All the pros on tour do not have swings that look exactly alike, but they all tend to have great fundamentals and have similar elements in their swings related to these fundamentals. 

I have created a method of how to go about communicating these important keys that can produce a great golf swing consistently.  I have a lot of students who have taken lessons with other pros, then they come to me and it's like a light bulb goes off for them during our lessons.  

My approach enables golfers to improve more quickly and with better, longer lasting results than many other approaches.  Here are a couple of typical scenarios I see with other golf instruction methods:

1) Many golf pros talk about and teach the mechanics of the golf swing to their students as if the students were also pros themselves.  This is where an average or beginner golfer can get lost.  They don't completely grasp or understand what the pro is talking about and they either give up, thinking they are not that good, or they think they just need a lot more lessons and then maybe they'll "get it".  

2) Another problem I see is many golf instructors can point out what a person is doing wrong in their golf swing, but the part about what to do to fix those problems is often conveyed in an unclear manner, indirectly, or not at all. I am clear and specific about what you need to do to get better results and hit the ball well.  After a lesson with me, you will know exactly what you need to be doing and have a clear step by step process on how to do it.

Another reason it's important and helpful to focus on the big keys or fundamentals of the swing is because a golf swing happens in just under 2 seconds.  It's simply not possible to think about 10 things at once while making a golf swing.  So, by simplifying the important keys, the little technical details will tend to take care of themselves.  Not only is it very hard to think about many things at once while swinging, it also is more helpful to focus on the big key fundamentals.  This is because the smaller technical elements of the swing will automatically get better if you get the big key components of the swing correct.  

I believe in teaching golfers the bigger picture besides just the little details when it comes to their swing and have found this to be a big reason why my students “get it” faster and with more ease.

Practice helps of course, but I don’t expect you to hit golf balls every day in order to make a couple of swing changes so that you can play well when you go out for your weekend rounds of golf. I understand that I’m not teaching aspiring pro tour players for the most part and that you probably have a full life besides just wanting to improve your golf game.

My teaching method is perfect for anyone but geared towards weekend players who want a simple understanding of their swing and practical solutions for how to lower their scores and get better faster without needing to spend months or even years trying to do it.

If you do aspire to get on the pro tour, I can also help with that as well. I just have a slightly different approach depending on the level of player that I'm working with.

Checkpoints are a big part of my teaching style.  I like to explain exactly where you need to be with your golf swing instead of just fixing one problem which can lead to another or even the opposite problem. 

For example, if a golfer comes to me with a swing plane that is too flat, I not only explain and show them how to get steeper but I give them the checkpoint for how to get exactly on plane and where they ideally want to end up with their swing plane. 

Many pros will just fix the problem a person is experiencing that day, but I look ahead and fix not only the problem(s) that are occurring at the moment, but also guide the student and help them understand what will happen as a result of the changes we are working on and what to do in the future after the lesson is over. This is why my students go out to the golf course confident and in charge of their golf swings and their games. 

Students of other pros sometimes feel lost without their pro with them on the golf course.  They can't figure out why they hit the ball well in their lesson when the pro was telling them what to do but the next day they seemed to have lost it.  I am fully aware of this scenario which is why I structure my teaching and tips to get a golfer hitting it better in the lesson but also help them understand what they need to be aware of or need to continue working on to maintain good balance with their swings after the lesson(s).

My approach to getting you playing better golf also consists of making you your own best teacher. I don’t want anyone relying on me each time they make a golf swing. You can’t always have a golf instructor with you when you go to play on the course so the best alternative is knowing how to fix your swing yourself if you get a bit off track.

Call me today to set up your next golf lesson at 630-781-5622. Or you can reach me by email at golfgrl83@gmail.com. I look forward to helping you with your golf game!

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