I’ve said for years that I believe my job is to teach the student how to improve when I am not around. Golf is one of the only things where someone tells you what to do than sends you away to do it on your own. In the future, I will try and change the way golf is learned. Next year I plan to include supervised practice into the cost of a series of lessons.
Back to the main topic. If I can’t teach you what it may feel like or drills that mandate correct movement to strike the ball well, my student won’t improve on their own. Most students practice making the ball flight improve. This isn’t the best way to learn mechanics but I have to work with what people are doing or I have to teach them how to learn. I have chosen to teach people how to learn. I know this isn’t what everyone is looking for but during the lesson I can usually tell if the student is trying to make the ball do something or make themselves do something. Based on this observation, I make suggestions about drills and practice.
Students that work on the feeling of what they are learning always improve faster than students that try to improve ball flight. I continually fight against the belief that there is some kind a magic bullet or secret move. Students seem to strive for consistency through change. Each swing they alter to improve the next shot unless the shot was good than they’ll try it again. As soon as one bad shot happens they move right on to something else. I don’t understand this kind of thinking but I know it’s out there. In a game that rewards repetition, why would someone try and do something different every swing.
If I can convince them that if they do this they will hit better good shots than I can keep them focused. Some things learned in a lesson are designed to make your good shots better and some things are designed to make your bad shots better. Lower scores is my job. That is my goal and I continue to learn new ways to make this happen sooner.