As your golf coach there are three ways in which I can help make a difference to a players game. These three ways all have many implications if they are not addressed correctly.
PHYSICAL LIMITS mostly relate to strength, flexibility, injury rehabilitation and recovery. Correct of these factors can lead to injury prevention. Kerrie Evans of Allsports Physiotherapy is one of the Specialist Consultants that I utilize. You will find an information sheet regarding Allsports Physiotherapy in this Information Package.
EQUIPMENT SUITABILITY is an area that has a dramatic influence on your play. One area that you will be tested on early in your tuition is lie angle. Lie angle is a direct influence on directional ball flight. As a secondary influence, a player will effect change (consciously and sub-consciously) to repeated directional errors. Unfortunately many players assume responsibility for this when the real culprit is incorrect lie angle on their equipment.
BELIEF SYSTEMS come in two parts.
First: We need to believe in a swing model that is relevant to our own skill level, flexibility, strength and body shape. The swing model will have components such as GRIP, POSTURE, BALANCE, POWER SOURCE, ARM CONNECTION. Tempo and swing speed can also be related to our swing model.
Then: Once we establish the swing model then we need to compare your swing to the model and identify how to best make your swing more efficient.
The three areas are:- PHYSICAL LIMITS, EQUIPMENT SUITABILITY & BELIEF SYSTEMS
For long term benefits to be gained it is paramount that the student understands what is being taught.
There is no benefit whatsoever for a student if the information given to them is not easily understood.
There are three ways a student learns and they are:-
VISUAL “I SEE WHAT YOU MEAN.”
AUDITORY “I REALLY HEAR WHAT YOU ARE SAYING.”
KINESTHETIC “I’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THAT.”
I have had many cases where the student learns by more than one medium.
VISUAL learners benefit by actually seeing what they need to learn. They are normally good mimics and need to see a visual image to best understand what is required. These individuals are very keen to see a good result from a shot.
AUDITORY learners need the verbal explanation of what is being taught. These individuals respond to the sound of a good shot.
KENESTHETIC learners need to feel the position they have to achieve. They are sensitive to the feel of a balanced golf swing. These individuals respond to the impact feel of a great shot.