The Art Of Instruction

Teaching the game of golf is an art in itself. There are different theories, styles and techniques. However, communicating to the

student is the most important aspect of all. What it boils down to is being able to connect with the student and identify the correct type of learning style that best relates to the student.

I would normally always suggest consulting your local PGA golf professional for a lesson, although there are many qualified teachers who are not PGA members. There are many qualifying credentials behind being a PGA professional in regard to teaching but that does not always necessarily mean that he or she can connect with the student.
Another thing to remember is just because someone is a really good player does not mean they can teach, or just like the teacher in school that is so brilliant, but cannot communicate to the students.

That is why teaching the game is truly an art if done properly. There are many different types of learning styles and to try to pigeon hole every golfer, young or old into one basic swing theory or concept, cannot work and does not work. The instructor has to work with each student individually with their strengths and weaknesses.
I do believe every instructor would agree that a major swing key is “balance.” It does not matter if you have a strong grip or weak grip, a wide stance or narrow stance, a short back swing or a long back swing.

However, like all sports and life, you’ve got to have “balance” in your swing to have an opportunity to consistently make solid contact with the ball.

There are three basic learning styles that are unique among each person. Golfers communicate these different styles to the instructor with simple phrases and comments made by the student. So, for example, learning more from a VISUAL sense they will make comments, like “I can see what you are talking about” or “I can’t picture what you’re saying.” The visual golfer would need to be shown what good balance looks like.

The second learning style is KINESTHETIC. This style of learning would require more of a feel sensation. The instructor would be more helpful by physically assisting the golfer into a properly balanced position. This golfer will say things like “This club feels great” or “I couldn’t feel a thing.” The third sense is our AUDITORY system. The instructor will pick up on comments, like “I hear what you’re saying” or “I was off balance on that shot.” The auditory golfer does NOT respond well to mechanics but to a rhythm in the swing by counting or a beat to music. Being in rhythm and balance is the key.

These learning styles are just a part of the “Art of Instruction.” When the instructor determines your style, his or hers qualities of communicating will be the evidence of the results you get. So, remember the visual golfer should be shown. The Kinesthetic golfer should be allowed to feel, and for the best results relating to the auditory golfer, they need to hear or be told.

My recommendation would be to find a professional golf instructor, preferably a PGA professional, that can communicate well to your learning style and have fun with you while improving your game.

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