Golf instruction is based on the science of Ball Flight Laws, application of its Pre- and In-Swing Principles, and most importantly, communication of a student's Preferences and Perceptions. As a teacher of golf, I have learned to respect each individual's reasoning for playing the game, as well as their strengths and limitations. Every player has a goal they desire to reach, and it is my responsibility to help them reach their goal.
Golfers must have solid fundamentals to remain consistent and to improve their games. Pre-swing principles (fundamentals) must be assessed first, because the set-up will promote a particular movement of the body and the club. Pre-swing principles directly influence in-swing principles, therefore a golfer's set up must encourage a repeatable swing or stroke.
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
Every player has certain perceptions about what they think they need to do in order to achieve their goal. These perceptions, and how they are developed, must be discovered. Many times, these perceptions must be validated and clarified, based on the science of ball flight. The only way to achieve this is to learn about the student. It is simple to evaluate what motion is occurring, from a putting stroke to a full swing. The student's perceptions tell why they do it, and the most fascinating part of this process is to know 'how' that student can learn and perform it best. This is known as a Student Centered Model.
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
Every player has a unique way of learning and performing, and their sensory mode must be established in order to best communicate and reach an understanding with the player. Most players have a dominant sense of learning, or processing information. Whether the student leans toward a visual, auditory or kinesthetic style, I communicate in a way that makes sense to the student.