My philosophy is to participate in the vision the student has for himself as a golfer. Throughout the learning process, I never lose sight of the fact that golf is a game and the reason we all play it is to have fun. Whether it is a junior golfer looking to play college golf, a college golfer looking to play on the PGA or LPGA tour, a weekend golfer trying to lower his handicap, a struggling golfer looking not to embarrass himself in front of his friends or clients, or a beginner golfer looking to get the ball in the air, my goal is to help the student improve and have fun in the process. A student once told me that he looked at his lessons with me as a treat. That comment put a smile on my face. Throughout the learning process, I plan on putting a smile on my student's face as well.
Before the learning process starts, I want to know what the student is looking to accomplish in the short and long term. Once I learn this, I am on a mission to help him achieve that goal. Initially, I actually become the student because I need to learn what he wants, what concepts or misconceptions he may have about the golf swing, and how he learns. Once I learn this, I help him find his way to better golf in a simple, logical and enjoyable manner. I ask my students for feedback all the time in order to improve my instruction skills. A successful teacher is actually a great listener and learner. My students teach me how to teach them.