Whenever I have a new student in front of me, there is one thing that I can guarantee. I will go over the parts of a golf club with them.
Yes, the better players always roll their eyes at me. However, no matter the player’s skill level we need to make sure that we are talking about the same thing and communication is key. Simply taking 2 minutes to do this one thing will confirm that we have good communication going forward.
As a golf instructor, there are times when we assume that a student has a certain set of vocabulary due to how well they swing the club. First of all, I think we all know how to spell the word assume but, with that being said let me share a little story.
On this morning I was on a roll. I had already given a couple of individual lessons that morning. To finish the morning, I was trying to do a large one-hour clinic.
It was towards the end of the hour. I was trying to spend time individually with each student. It seems like there is one student in every group that thinks the entire hour is for them and unfortunately, I had this student early in the line… so I was running behind.
As I was coming down the tee-line, I noticed that this gal was starting a lot of her golf shots to the right. When I got to her… I had one question for her. I asked her “ Where is your face pointing at impact?”
She confidently looked at me and said “At the golf ball, of course.” Right away, I knew we were not talking about the same thing. So, I asked her to point to her face. Of course, she pointed to the one on her very own head. I knew I had not communicated very well or at all.
It was in that moment right then and there, when I made the promise to myself that I would never have that situation happen again. It did not matter the skill level of the golfer, I would go over the parts of a golf club with everyone that stood in front of me.
In the many years that I’ve been doing this, you would be surprised at the number of “better players” that benefited for me taking just a few minutes to go over the parts of a golf club.
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