Our golf philosophy comes from industry leading educational programs, workshops, seminars, and influences from National Teachers of the Year.
Dennis plays a vital two part role in helping golfers reach their full potential. The focal point of his instruction and coaching revolves around measurable skills that are shared by all the best ball strikers in the world no matter which style is being utilized. As a golf instructor, he utilizes his extensive skills to systematically improve the framework around a player's ball control skills. As a golf coach, he helps golfers achieve the ultimate goal: lower golf scores. Dennis seeks to not only improve decision-making but also to help his students learn about self-management.
Three Essential Skills Framework:
1. Ball-Control - Effectively moving the ball from point A to point B on each hole.
- Low Point Control - Aids in creating consistent ball ﬁrst contact.
- Face to Path Relationship - Improving ball curvature through club face and path alignments.
- Speed Factors - Building speed and controlling speed to hit desired distance.
2. Decision-Making - Understanding the variables that affect ball flight and club selection.
3. Self-Management - Learning to control expectations, emotions, and mental focus.
THE FOUR STEPS TO MASTERY
Step #1: Understanding Cause & Effect
During Step #1, we help our players:
a) Determine which skills are costing them the most amount of strokes,
b) Seek understanding of what they are doing wrong
c) Identify what they need to do to fix it
Step #2: Provide Supervised Practice and Training
During Step #2, we encourage and provide opportunities for supervised practice sessions - lots of quality repetition and feedback. During this step, golfers are engaged in practice with deliberate intentions of improving his or her skills. We, unlike most teachers, make ourselves, our technology, our training aids available to use during practice. This type of deliberate training provides the necessary feedback to develop skills.
Step #3: Transfer Training
During Step #3, we assist our players in exposing golf skills to conditions that simulate and experience out on the golf course under competition. Transfer training create the opportunity for a player to strive to build a new habit that can withstand the pressure and ever-changing conditions that one would experience on the golf course.
Step #4: Play
During Step #4, we help golfers better play the game using their existing skills and new skills while keeping score on the course. We use scheduled time to observe and assist players playing on the course. During these times, we can provide additional guidance in the skills of decision-making and self-management, while taking notes of ball-control skills that are in need of further development.
Creating a S.M.A.R.T. plan starts with learning what the specific goals are to be. A skills and performance analysis helps both the coach and player have measurable benchmarks to begin with. Having specific and measurable goals in place creates a instructional training program that will deliver attainable progress that is relevant to your improvement progress in a systematic time-based manor. Having S.M.A.R.T. in place keeps the focus of training, specific to a students improvement.
S.M.A.R.T. Goals Model:
- Specific - Should have a definitive view on what your short-term, mid-term and long-term goals are.
- Measurable - Skills testing creates benchmarks. Benchmarks illustrate a starting point in development and definitive answer if improvements are being made.
- Attainable - Based on current skill level, are you able to achieve what has been set? A plan should have some wiggle room in place if goals need to be reworked.
- Relevant - Are the golf skills your working on in the right order? The priority should be to improve the ones that are costing you the most amount of shots first.
- Time-Bound - Deadlines should accompany each of your goal mentioned above.