The Annual PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit was held at Reunion Resort and Club Orlando Florida. Seven of the top 100 Golf Magazine instructors made presentations during the 2 day event. David Leadbetter opened the morning session and was followed by Bill Madonna, Rick McCord, Craig Shankland, Fred Griffin, Mike Bender and Brad Brewer. It was an honor to be part of this PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit
|Pat Livingston with Jim Furyk at the PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit|
This may have been the finest group of instructors ever assembled for a PGA Teaching Coaching Summit and it was a pleasure working with them to examine all aspects of the golf swing. The main point of the 2 day session was that there is not just one why or one method to teach a student to swing the golf club.
As instructors we need to:
- Approach each student as an individual.
- Consider the students physical limitations.
- Determine your student’s dexterity and flexibility.
- Determine the student’s short term and long term goals.
For the new student you need to focus on the basic fundamentals of the set up and golf swing and they must be developed in sequence beginning with the grip. The grip is what connects the golf club to the body so it needs to be fundamentally sound. The club should be placed in the fingers of the hand rather than the palm of the hand like most amateurs grip the club.
The stance should be very athletic like a short stop, middle linebacker or receiving a tennis serve. Two narrow a stance and you lose your balance, to wide and you slide rather than rotate during your swing.
Spine angle should be a slight bend at the hips with your knees slightly bent.
The back swing should be a sweeping motion away from the ball with your hands and club head moving at the same time.
The follow through should be a shift of the weight from the right side to the left side with the club head flowing toward the target.
For the experienced amateur or professional we focus more on Swing Plane to take their game to the next level.
|Four (4) Considerations of Swing Plane||Four (4) Influences of Swing Plane|
|Arms and Hands||Body Tilts|
Every Top 100 teacher at the PGA Coaching and Teaching Summit understood that each student is different and they need an approach that is unique to the students particular golf swing or set up.
With the beginning golfer you would never start with Swing Plane or he would be lost before he started. Conversely you would never tell Jim Furyk to change his grip during his first lesson. You Instructor should always customize his or her teaching based on who you are as the student and you may be on your way to working with a top 100 teacher.
Patrick J. Livingston, PGA
CEO, National Golf Schools
2003, 2007 North Florida PGA “Teacher of the Year”
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