The coach plays an important role in the entire golf game.
It can be said that without the coaches’ words and deeds, it would be difficult for us to see such a pleasing swing. If there is no coach, then golf learning will become extremely difficult. Because one of the characteristics of a golf swing is that the swing motion you imagine is often very different from what you show. Therefore, this group is an indispensable symbol. Moreover, they have also made a great contribution to the popularization of golf. However, there are many excellent coaches, but there are not a few who make up for it. Some coaches start to teach others before they have studied them. This is a great harm to golfers.
So, what is a qualified golf coach? What qualities should they have?
1. Teach students in accordance with their aptitude
If you come across a coach who teaches you how to play in a textbook style, please stay away from him as soon as possible.
Because everyone is different in height, short, fat and thin, they have different understanding of golf. At this time, the coach needs to formulate his own swing style according to the individual characteristics of the students. For example: if the student is older and more rigid, then the coach can't force him to rotate his shoulders 90 degrees on the pole. Even if you want to achieve this goal in the end, you need a gradual process, otherwise too impatient can easily cause damage to the students' body muscles. For another example, if a student's right knee has been injured, it is naturally impossible to "keep the right knee bent" as stated in the book. The teaching methods and swing movements also need to be adjusted.
2, appropriate language
"How to say? When do you say it?" This is very important. When answering questions for students, you must be very careful as a coach. First, make sure that your answer will not be misunderstood. Second, we must ensure that students can really understand. These two points must be considered by coaches before answering questions. If you can't find the right language for a while, you might as well wait until you think it over before answering. I believe that if the coach does this, the golfers will not think it is unprofessional, but will only think they are responsible. In addition, reasonable wording is also critical. For example, wouldn’t it be better to replace our usual “don’t do this” with “Shall we try this way”?
3, drive away bystanders
The legendary American coach Harvey Pennick always drives away bystanders when he teaches, because he is afraid that the other side will learn knowledge that is not applicable to him. . Because golf varies from person to person, this method may be useful for one person, but if another person learns it, it will be counterproductive. Just like Harvey was teaching Tom Kate and Ben Crenshaw, he never let them listen to each other's lessons. If your coach does the same, then he must be a good coach.
4. Instill the correct swing theory
If we can learn and practice around a set of correct swing theory, then it will be difficult to make big mistakes, and at most they can be regarded as minor flaws. The most important role of the coach in the early stage is to help golfers establish the correct swing theory and ensure that the core of their swing remains unchanged. A considerable number of golfers only found out at the end of their practice that their swing theory was always deviated. In order to improve further, major changes and adjustments had to be made.
5. Establish the correct practice direction
Senior golfers know that almost everyone will gradually deviate from the direction of practice during practice. If you don’t adjust in time, you will end up with some stubborn illnesses. In addition, there will be situations where different swing theories that seem to be correct but contradictory will appear, resulting in confusion in the direction of practice, and I don't know which one to believe. At this time, the coach's help is to quickly identify the most suitable swing for us, eliminate doubts, and correct the direction in time during the practice.
6. Treat everyone equally
As long as you are a golfer who loves golf, you should be treated equally as a coach, whether he is a beginner who hits the ball around the floor or a professional player with a smooth swing. The purpose of the coach is to do everything possible to improve their swing skills, if you treat them differently or pick and choose, then this is not a qualified coach. I hope this article can help golfers better identify coaches, understand and respect coaches more.