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Short Game Secrets Sale for Masters Week

April 7th, 2014

Short Game Secrets welcomes you to Masters Week.

To celebrate, we are offering a $30 discount on the download only version of our 5 video set “The Complete Short Game”. Videos include Scrambling, Approach Wedges, Bunker Play, Practical Green Reading and Putting Performance. This is the most accurate and comprehensive instructional video series you will find anywhere covering all pieces of the short game. Each video runs for about 35 minutes adding up to a total of 2 and 1/2 hours of instruction for the cost of one lesson from a top coach. The feed back for this video series has been fantastic from players and coaches. Videos are available for download immediately after purchasing via PayPal.

While you’re there you’ll notice that we recently released our Drills and Games Video which you can add to your order for the same price as the discount given. It’s like getting the video for free.

We hope you enjoy Masters Week and take advantage of this special offer which will end after the completion of the tournament.

Videos can be purchased by following the link below:

Short Game Secrets 5 Video Set for $99.99

Thank You to everyone for their continued support and we have more videos in the works. Stay Tuned.

JG and JR

5 Things I’ve Noticed That Are Changing About Golf Coaching

October 6th, 2012

Golf Coaching appears to be going through a phase. I’m not sure how to define this phase but the fairly recent influx of access to technology and information seems to be causing ripples. This new information, in some cases, has lead to some interesting observations. Here are 5 that I have noticed.

 

1)   Information no longer separates New coaches from Experienced coaches.

 

The amount of sharing of quality information has dramatically increased. This has allowed the younger coaches I run into these days, to have incredible amounts of information at their finger-tips if they simply do a little work and seek it out.  They are able to learn significant amounts of information and factual information very early on.

 

When I was a younger coach, I truly believed that the best coaches in the world knew information that I didn’t have and that was one of the reasons why they were the best. I believe the perceived information gap between new and experienced coaches is disappearing. In fact, if anything, more new coaches think that experienced coaches have poorer information than they do. I don’t think this is much of a surprise as my boys of 9 and 8 already think they know more than me as well. =)

 

In this case, I am simply talking about the information. I am not talking about the experience. Experience will be discussed next.

 

2)   Experience still kicks Informations Butt

 

I’ve said this before recently but I’ll say it again. Information is not How. Once accurate information is learned, applying that information or not applying it now becomes the skill of the coach. Can the coach take newly presented information and work it into their belief system and adapt? Can the coach take newly presented information and use it to make their students better? This is where experience plays its biggest role.  Watching how players adapt to the words, pictures and feelings presented by the coach is what the experienced coach has over the new coach. They most likely will have a hierarchy of fixes for problems based on their past success rates. This should allow them to introduce solutions sooner and target root causes better. An experienced coach with great information is what we should all aspire to.

3)   Coaches Exposing Coaches

 

There’s no question in my mind that social media and the internet have allowed greater critique of coaching information and technique. Not a day goes by that some coach somewhere doesn’t post a video or magazine article of another coach talking about something that the posting coach disagrees with. The question is, is this something that should be happening or shouldn’t it? In other words, is it appropriate to expose another coach’s bad information? Once again, I have gone back and forth on this one and once again experience has to lead the way. I have certainly leaned toward letting the person know that maybe they should consider looking into other information to see if it changes their perspective. To be honest, in the past I would do it to try and seem more knowledgeable than the other coach with the indirect desire to help more golfers with better information all over. That was when I mistakenly thought information is what separated coaches.  I think it is a good thing for golfers when more coaches know accurate info. The manner in which some coaches go about this may not be the most useful to that end.

 

4)   Facts and Data Collection are a big deal

 

There are many, many coaches these days investigating golfers, the learning environment, the body, the golf swing, you name it in an attempt to better understand how to help golfers.  It is astonishing the minutia that some of us will go to better understand things (guilty as charged). I love the theory and the minutia and connecting the data to enhance understanding. Once again, the question is, How helpful to golfers is it compared to other things? I have a few friends that excel in critical thinking and reasoning and I look forward to my conversations with these individuals. To me, it’s brain food and I love it. Not every coach needs this type of info in my opinion. At the end of the day, the best coaches are the best coaches for certainly more than what they know. They provide things that others can’t provide and we may not even be able to define what those things are. We just know that their players keep improving and that great players seek them out. There is so much information available to those that are looking that I think you have to make some choices. I don’t believe 1 person can be expert in all of them. The goal is to find the experts and bring them into your coaching circle when their expertise is needed. I can promise you that you can find them on twitter for free.

 

5)   Fact based goals or Feel based goals

 

Is the goal of the coach to improve the player while using accurate information or is the goal to simply improve the player? I go back and forth on this question. I struggle between my desire to be accurate over all else and my desire to improve the player. If I tell my player something I know is wrong and it helps them, is that a bad thing? Do all players need to know what is right or what is wrong or do they need to know how to improve? Experience, I believe, is the answer to these questions. An experienced teacher can determine what is best for the person in front of them and help them with pictures or feels that allow for success under pressure. For me, I tend to be willing to say whatever I want to produce a result and then go back and fill in the facts. For example, to do what you want you can picture this or feel that. Know that if you actually do this picture or feel the true outcome would be this. As long as this feel or this picture produces the results we both want, I’m content using it. The true definition of ownership is can they do it under pressure. If the facts produce that result that’s great. If the feels produce that result that’s great also. We have to remember that our job is to improve the player. How we do that is where we should be spending our time.

 

 

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to share this with your friends and students by using the social media buttons at the top and bottom of this page. Also please consider sharing your opinion in the comments section as well.

 

JG

Ben Hogan, Deliberate Practice and the Secret

September 26th, 2012

Ben Hogan. The name calls out for a player to work hard and practice as he did. Here’s a paper by Scott Jenkins titled, “Digging it out of the Dirt: Ben Hogan, Deliberate Practice and the Secret”.

From the Abstract, “The purpose of this article is to use Anders Ericsson’s theory of deliberate practice to examine the way in which the legendary golfer Ben Hogan worked on his game.” Is was first published in the ” Annual Review of Golf Coaching 2010″

Digging it out of the Dirt: Ben Hogan, Deliberate Practice and the Secret

As always, please feel to share.

JG

Measuring Stimp – Hand this to your Greenskeepers

September 23rd, 2012

Measuring Stimp. It seems like such a simple process. It turns out that the process is simple. The problem is in the fact that greens seldom have flat areas on them to measure. The standard method has been to measure some down hill and some uphill and then average them. Depending on the amount of slope this usually leads to readings that are too high. Here’s a paper that can help with this problem. It’s titled “Measuring Green Speed on Sloped Putting Greens” by A. Douglas Brede, Ph.D.

I get asked quite often from players and coaches at an AimPoint Clinic if the speed of the green they post in the pro shop is accurate. I tell them to check themselves the way I’ve taught them. It’s been my experience that this way of adjustment has not made it out into the mainstream very well because the shop number is usually too high. Hope you enjoy it and please feel free to pass it on to those that could benefit from it.

Measuring Green Speed on Sloped Putting Greens

I’d be very appreciative if those of you that know AimPoint and have access to a stimpmeter could do some testing and report on the accuracy of this method in the comments below. Look forward to reading them.

JG

Green Reading Most Important Skill in Putting?

September 22nd, 2012

Is Green Reading the most important skill in putting? According to Jon Karlsen, it is for elite players. Jon Karlsen wrote this dissertation  “Performance in Golf Putting” in 2010 from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. It’s a long read but I hope you enjoy it. Here’s the Introduction in his abstract to give you an idea of what the paper is about.

“Introduction

Putting, which accounts for about 40 – 45 % of shots in elite golf, is a complex skill. To perform in putting an elite player needs to master green reading, putter aim and technique. Mental skills, equipment and strategy may also affect performance. Although several research papers have been published on the subject of putting, only a few focus specifically on putting performance. The aim of the thesis is to investigate different factors affecting performance in golf putting for elite players, and to compare the importance of those factors.”

Click on the link in the first paragraph to read. As I mentioned before, every other day or so, I’ll share a piece from my resource library for you to read or watch. Some will be geared more toward coaches and some toward players. As I’m sure you also know, green reading is now my main focus in teaching. I will be expanding to putting in general as time goes on so I look forward to working with you on AimPoint, your aim, your touch and/or your stroke.

Please feel free to share.
JG