Here is a short clip of my talk that I did at my 2nd Guru Workshop (4 years ago) with John Graham on my ultimate goal in the golf business. Amazing how so much of this has come to fruition. I hope you enjoy as I bear a little of my soul and how I have made some changes in my life and my mindset.
Thanks for watching and sharing,
Here is a short video from one of our presenters at Guru Workshop 17, Jon Tattersall talking about the body/swing connection. Sign up for the workshop by emailing me at email@example.com. Hope to see you at Carmel CC on March 13th
Year 6 Is Going To Be Big!
For those of you that know me well and have followed my career understand that I have 3 goals: 1) Provide Education for other instructors 2)Mentor others “pass it on” and 3) Build relationships. My workshops have been my small way of moving myself and others in that direction by bringing together the best instructors in the game to share their knowledge and expertise. I have selfishly grown as a coach through presenting and being around all of these great people who I am most grateful. This year I have put together another great lineup of expert coaches that will make for a fantastic day of learning and networking. Over the last 5 years we have had over 350 attendees (teachers, college coaches, PGM students, golf professionals) from 8 different states. This year I want to make it even bigger!! I am very fortunate to work at one of the finest golf facilities in the country in Carmel Country Club, so I hope you can join us at the 6th annual “Guru’s Teaching and Coaching Workshop.” Here are the details and our line up of speakers for this year.
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to sign up
Location: Carmel CC – 4735 Carmel Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226
Date: Monday, March 13th
Time: 8:30 – 6:30 (presentations plus q & a with live lessons)
Cost: 275.00 (includes lunch)*** PGM students 225.00
Let’s meet this years coaches:
Jon originally from England, began his career as an assistant in the United States at CCNC in 1988. During his tenure at CCNC he worked for the legendary PGA member Buck Adams and played numerous rounds of golf and took lessons from E. Harvie Ward. Jon’s first Head Golf Professional position was at Landfall Country Club followed by Porters Neck Plantation, both in Wilmington, NC. In 1998 Jon moved to Atlanta, GA to open a learning center with GOLF Magazine Top 100 instructor and ABC commentator Gary Smith. Through a mutual friend Jon met Todd Townes, a performance-conditioning specialist who worked with several PGA Tour professionals, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB athletes. Together they began working to improve their client’s performance. In 2007 Jon and Todd founded Terminus Club (now Fusion ATL) in Atlanta, GA. This facility became their base to measure athletic golf performance and develop training protocols. The facility has four physical therapists, performance strength coaches, stretch therapists, massage therapists, 3D motion analysis systems for swing and putting. Fusion ATL recently signed a partnership agreement with Peachtree Orthopedic Group and a marketing agreement with Northside Hospital to promote wellness programs and performance training to kids in the Atlanta Metro area. Jon has worked with PGA Tour, Web.com, LPGA, European Tour winners, members of Ryder Cup Teams and a winner of The Open Championship. In recent years Jon has coached winners of the following PGA Tour Awards: The PGA Tour Vardon Trophy Winner and Web.com Player of the Year.
Titleist Performance Institute Advisory Board Member
Georgia PGA Teacher of the year 2014
Georigia PGA Chapter Teacher of the Year 2012
GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2007 -2014
Golf Digest’s Teacher by State list 2004 -2014
John Dunigan has been coaching for 26 years. He was named the Philadelphia PGA Section Teacher of the year in 2008 and 2016. He has been on Golf Digest’s Top Teachers in Pennsylvania list for eight consecutive years. John is a certified Laser Optics Putting Instructor, a program designed by world-renowned putting specialist, Mike Shannon, from Sea Island GA. He is a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Fitness Instructor. John is also a Certified Golf Coach, through Dr. Rick Jensen, one of the top golf psychologists / motor learning experts in the country.
John specializes in talent development, particularly with junior golfers. He understands that “talent is not inherited. It is earned.” His approach is based upon helping his students acquire the golf skills required to move through the four stages of learning and play the game at the expert level. Many golfers get lost in a never-ending search for the perfect swing (which does not exist), rather than acquiring the essential skills of ball-control, decision-making, and self-control that are required to play the game at a high level.
James Ridyard is a leading golf instructor, researcher and co-owner of the Short Game Secrets brand which brings some of the highest selling independently produced instructional videos to the industry. As an instructor he spends the majority of his time working with elite players and has spent time coaching on all the major professional tours but also ensures that he spends time working with players of all levels at his home base in the UK.
James received the great honour of being invited to speak at the PGA of America’s Teaching & Coaching Summit in January 2015. Grabbing the opportunity with both hands James delivered one of the most talked about presentations of the summit, receiving great reviews from a large number of attendees. This success led to James being named as one of Golf Magazines Innovators in the 2015 list and an invitation to speak at his home PGA’s Teaching & Coaching Conference later in the year.
2015 saw James present to more than 2000 coaches and players across more than 10 countries working with various PGA’s and National Federations while continuing to research and develop his ideas on high performance wedge play. In a refreshing contrast to much of the teaching industry James isn’t one to shy away from sharing his information and sees every opportunity to present to a group as a chance to positively influence a larger number of golfers than he ever could on the lesson tee.
While continuing to research and develop himself and his ideas James takes great pride in providing the highest level of full swing and short game coaching available, something you can be sure of is that no stone will be left unturned in helping you achieve your potential.
Director of Operations, The Vidanta Golf Academies
23 Years of Full-Time Instructional Experience
Golf Magazine “Top 100 Teacher”
Golf Digest “Top Teacher”
Golf Tips “Top 25 Instructor”
Trackman University “Master/Partner”
The Golfing Machine G.S.E.D. Authorized Instructor
Golf Digest “Top 20 Teachers Under 40” Alumnus
Golf Digest “Best Young Teachers” Alumnus
Tim’s instructional articles have been featured in Golf Illustrated and Golf Digest. He has additionally made several guest appearances on Golf Channel’s “The Turn” as well as an instructional segment which ran this year on Golf Channel.com’s “Weekly Fix.”
Jason Sutton, originally from St. Albans, West Virginia, is a P.G.A. Class A Teaching professional and the Director Of Instruction at the prestigious Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC. A former Head Golf Professional, Jason has been teaching and coaching golf for 24 years.
Nicknamed “The Guru” by one of his colleagues and referred by his students, Jason was ranked #4 in North Carolina in 2013 and #9 in 2007 by Golf Digest. He was voted one of the top teachers in the South East Region by Golf Magazine in 2006. Jason has is one of the newest members of the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America list. Jason Coaches golfers of all abilities but specializes in teaching Mini Tour players, low handicappers and elite juniors. He has coached numerous players on the Web.Com, PGA Latin America, Swing Thought tour, LPGA and Symetra tour and Division 1 college players. He is Aimpoint certified and uses technology such as Trackman, SAM Putt Lab and Boditrak pressure mat in his training. Jason has published many articles in magazines such as: Golf Illustrated, Publinks Magazine, The Turn Golf magazine, Metrolina golf, Triad Golf Today, travelgolf.com and golfinstruction.com. He maintains a very active golf blog called golfgurutv.com. He has been a regular guest of popular radio shows such as: Global Golf Radio PGAtour.com with Virgil Herring and Ned Michaels, The Dewsweepers golf show on Sirius/XM PGA Tour radio with Tony Ruggerio and Maginnes on Tap with John Maginnes.
- Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers In America List 2017
- Ranked #4 in the State of North Carolina by Golf Digest in 2016
- Ranked #7 in the State of North Carolina by Golf Digest in 2013
- Ranked #9 in the State of North Carolina by Golf Digest in 2007
- Carolinas PGA Section Horton Smith Award Winner 2015
- Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year 2013
- AimPoint Green Reading Certified since 2011
- Trackman, SAM Putt Lab, Bodi-Trak, D-Plane and K-Vest certified
- Teaches all levels of golfers but specializes in Mini-tour players and elite juniors
- Specializes in teaching putting and using technology to help his players
I am very excited to team up with best coaching platform in golf today, Edufii. This is an opportunity to step onto my lesson tee, observe lessons with all level of players where I use cutting edge technology as well as old school methods of getting results. Click on the link below to check out my Team page which gives you all the information that you need to get started……..
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*********Coaches and players are welcome to join this interactive learning space
I know it has been a few days but I have been trying to get caught up (and recover) from another great week in Orlando at the PGA Show. It is always an interesting week of catching up with old friends, networking and meeting new friends and trying to digest all that is new and exciting in the golf business. For those of you who attended you know that it is impossible to see everything and everybody so you do the best you can. My week was divided between our Annual AimPoint Green Reading Summit on Monday-Tuesday to some great presentations and educational seminars at the GTP Open Forum and Proponent Group followed by attempting to walk the floor to see that newest training aids and technology in the teaching world.
Open forum hosted by Nick Chertock, Chris Como and Michael Michaelides just keeps getting better every year and I appreciate their continued hard work. I am not sure you will ever see a better group of the top coaches in the industry gathered in one room for 7 hours of sharing information. It is such a fun night and I always learn something in the process. Presentations by Dr. Duffey, Rob Houlding, John Dunigan, David Orr, Chuch Cook, Sasha McKenzie and Liam Mucklow were awesome. The short game and instructional panels were very interesting especially when you get to hear from the players perspective i.e Brad Faxon and Grant Waite. Another great night of learning and interaction was had for sure.
The Tweet Up is alive and well with our new hosts, Megan Padua and VikkiVanderpool. Thanks girls for all your hard work and for a great night of catching up with the gang. See if you can name all of these coaches in the picture plus one tour player. Strong group indeed
Big thanks to Lorin Anderson for putting together another great educational presenters lineup for Proponent Group. Jon Sinclairs presentation on 2d vs 3d with a little wedge info was fantastic as was David Orrs putting information. After spending a couple of days with Mr. Sinclair, I learned so much from him and about what he does and the information that he has gathered is going to be unbelievable as he presents at my Guru Workshop on March 28th. Thank you Jon for allowing me to pick your brain and answering all my questions at dinner. Also thank you to David Orr for the hallway discussion at the open forum where he cleared up some up some questions that I had about putting and confirmed some of my research information which was helpful. Always willing to share which is great.
It is always great to catch up with so many friends and meet a few new ones. If we didn’t get to talk to you or meet you I apologize and will catch you at some point down the road. Shout out to my crew and roommates, Allen Burton, Dennis Sales, Rob McGill, Jason Helman and Preston Combs for putting up with me all week. I always learn something from all of you through our late night discussions. Just a bunch of golf swing geeks that can’t get enough of talking about teaching and coaching and sharing new ideas about how we can help our students get better. You guys are awesome!
Alright so onto my top training aid or wish list: Like I said earlier, you can’t get around to every booth. I typically get other teacher friends to tell me what they liked we can build our list from there. It saves time as I can go to what tends to pop up the most. It was great walking the show with one of my mentors, Ed Ibarguen as we looked at a few pieces of technology that looked pretty good. Here are my top 5:
- Smart2Move Biomechanical Motion Capture Force Plates – Click to watch a short video on smart2move force plate
2. Ikkos Neuroplacity Training – Click for Ikkos video
3. Sure Set Golf – Click for a demonstration video
4. 4 -D Motion capture – click to watch 4 D motion capture video
5. Blast Motion – This one is not there yet but has potential. Biomechanicanist, Michael Bentley knows what he is doing so I expect this one to get better every year.
Teaching Thought for the day: I wanted to share a facebook post that I enjoyed from a good friend of mine, Robert Linville (I hope he doesn’t mind if I repost it). It is a topic that has bugged me for awhile and he put it so well I didn’t want to mess it up. Also, this will be my topic for my talk at Guru Workshop 16 “Old School vs. New School”
Robert Linville writes-
There is a debate in the golf instruction industry that makes no sense to me. The issue is whether the use of technology (Trackman, Flightscope, SwinGuru, Boditraks, etc) is making students more technical and less reliant on their feel and abilities to truly learn, therefore hurting student’s performance. My experience leads me to opinion that is quite the opposite.
My teaching philosophy has always been based on these three basic principles:
1. What did the ball do.
2. What did the club do to cause the ball flight.
3. What did the person do to cause the club to move a certain way.
The better my diagnosis is, the more simple the learning process becomes for the student.
The advancements in technology have allowed me to understand ball flight laws better. (Everything I was taught 30 years ago was actually backwards and very wrong). New advancements in technology have allowed me to understand the golf club/golf ball relationship to ball flight much better. New advancements have helped me understand bio-mechanics better. All of this makes me a more informed and better teacher/coach.
This information allows me keep the information I dispense as simple as possible, and allows the student to use self-discovery to find the how. I can diagnose the what and why much quicker, and lead the student in the right direction because of a better diagnosis. The use of technology has made me a much less technical teacher, not the other way around. They are just tools for learning.
This debate and lack of understanding is very, very sad and very disturbing as it relates to my industry. We should be all be embracing new advancements in information. One last thing…just because a teacher says they keep it simple will not be helpful if the simple information is wrong.
My thought: If you haven’t been out to watch a top teacher utilize Trackman or any other piece of technology in their instruction, you have no write to assume how they use it with your students. I can assure you it hasn’t made me over technical. Don’t judge until you get the facts!
So there you have it. I am sure there was so much more that you saw, so let me hear what your favorite part of the PGA show was . Leave your comment at the bottom, tweet me or PM me on Facebook.
Have a great weekend
A rare snow day here in North Carolina so not much golf going on so the off-season continues which makes my mind work as we look ahead at the Spring season that is just around the corner. After I return from the PGA Show next week my thoughts turn to our Section PGA show and our annual teaching summit. I am on the first Carolinas section teaching committee so we are excited to see our hard work being put into action. This year our presenters will be our teacher of the year, Marc LaPointe, Biomechanics expert Dr. Rob Neale and Michael Jacobs of X Golf School. We are very excited to host these fantastic speakers and look forward to a great day of learning and sharing. Also, I am hosting and presenting in the 5th annual “Guru’s Teaching Workshop” where I bring in some of the best instructors in the business for an entire day of presentations, live lessons and interaction. This brings me to some bad adn good news regarding my workshop. My good friend, John Graham who has been a part of the workshop from the second year has a family conflict that won’t allow him to present…..But as we lose one great instructor, we gain another one in Mr. Jon Sinclair from Sinclairs Golf Training Center in Euless, Texas. As I mentioned in my original
workshop post, I was thinking of adding a fifth presenter and Jon was at the top of my list and I am so excited to hear his information and get to know him better as well. For those of you who don’t know about Jon, he has one of the most extensive tour player data bases when it comes to 3d data from AMM, trackman, K-Vest, Gears, SAM Putt Lab etc.. If a coach wants his player to get measured he takes them to Mr. Sinclair. Also my good friend, Dennis Sales works for Jon so I know how much he has benefited from his mentorship. Here is a short bio on Jon Sinclair:
Jon is the owner and lead instructor at Sinclair’s Golf Training Center in Euless, TX. One of only three Master GolfPsych certified instructors in the world, Jon played professionally for seven years and has been teaching golf for 15 years. He is an expert in the area of 3D swing analysis, swing mechanics, the mental game, TrackMan, and clubfitting. He is also a certified UST shaft fitter and club fitter for all major equipment brands and is on the Advisory Staff for Edel Golf. Jon’s other certifications include Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 2 Biomechanics and Fitness, Advanced Motion Measurement (AMM) Biomechanics, TrackMan Level 2, SAM Puttlab Level 2 and SAM Balance Lab. He and his staff currently work with more than 20 PGA Tour professionals and 15 Web.com Tour players.
For those of you who haven’t seen the original lineup, it will be myselfClaude Harmon III and Mark Blackburn which will make for a great day learning from some of the best in the teaching business. Depending on how signups go in the next couple of weeks, I may have room for one more presenter……..Will it be you? I have a list of guys thay I will meet with next week but if you have an interest shoot me a message or get with me at the PGA show and I will make a decision in a few weeks.
Important: If you haven’t signed up and would like to attend. It is Monday, March 28th at my home club..Carmel CC in Charlotte. The cost is 250.00. We will go all day and will include lunch with an after party that you don’t want to miss which allows you to mingle with the presenters. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an invoice.
Coaching thought for the day: There is always more than one solution to the problem. When evaluating a golf swing or a putting stroke, the solution must match up to the goal of the student, the ease of the change (which seldom is the case) and the commitment to the team. Asking the right questions, gathering the information whether its verbal or technicallogical will allow you to put the proper pieces together to get the end result which is….PROGRESS AND CHANGE. Be confident in your delivery in your analysis and when describing the solution and process. Don’t be afraid to be WRONG but make sure you have enough information to correct it once it fails…..and it will. This is how the teacher and the student learns!
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What’s up everyone? Like I said in my first entry, this will be a whats on my mind, brain dump, journal like space. Not worrying too much about structure, punctuation or grammar (although my left brain won’t let me hit the button without a spell check). I know that will drive a few of you crazy, so save your text messages and DM’s…not to mention any names….@kevinjpmurray 🙂 just kidding my friend. So let me tell you about my day. Today was a big day for my son, Nicklaus, who is a freshman in High School. He had his first recruiting visit today with UNCC and coach Cabbage. I know for those of you who aren’t dealing with golf recruiting might think this is too early but it’s not. There are several kids in his class whom have already committed…which I am not a big fan of…but I continue. I have been very fortunate over my career to coach several players that have gone onto play college golf but honestly until the last couple of years I haven’t spent the time to learn the rules and regulations of the recruiting process and how the coaches deal with players, evaluate them and ultimately how I can improve the chances of the players that I coach in playing college golf. We had an outstanding day as I was able to step back and observe Nicklaus and the coach get to know each other, ask questions and get a feel of college life as a student athlete. Coach Cabbage did a great job of giving Nick the picture and the vision of his outstanding program and a fantastic job of making us feel comfortable with the entire process of recruiting with honest answers to all of our questions. I have great respect for Coach Cabbage as one of my players just committed to play there and today just deepened my trust in every way. I won’t divulge everything that we talked about today out of respect for coach but I will share with you a few thoughts about what I have learned from this process and how it may help you if you are a coach (or a parent) or a player wanting to play college golf. I will learn more as I go through this process as a parent/coach. We have another visit at NC State this Saturday. Good times for sure.
First, A few thoughts on college coaches from a swing coach’s perspective. The college golf coach should not recruit a kid and then attempt to become his/her swing coach. You recruited the kid because of their talent and potential and it is important not to mess with that. The great coaches such as my friend, Derek Radley (UofA womens asst.) stress the importance of the relationship between the college coach and the kids Swing Coach. If I were the college coach, that would be the first phone call that I made to get a good idea of their work ethic, potential, attitude and a read on the parents. Yes the parents. If the kid does come and play for them, they already have a relationship with the swing coach if the kid starts to struggle. There is no excuse with coaching apps like Edufii which allows for you to invite the college coach into the training space in order for them to see what you are working on with the player. Such a great feature. It is ok for them to be another set of eyes as long as they know what they are working on. The college coaches job is to evaluate talent, recruit, motivate, listen, lead, keep stats (pulse checks on strengths and weaknesses) and structure practices in order to get the most out of their players. I have just heard too many stories from kids (usually from mini-tour players when its too late) that the coach is looking at trackman numbers and wanting me to change what made them great.
2. Play as many of the big tournaments that you can get into. If you aren’t qualified then play whatever you can to get that experience. There is a big difference in playing your daily games with your friends, giving putts and for fun than when you have to post a score in a tournament with tough pins, less than optimal weather conditions and with better players. The more you do it the more comfortable you will become. If you don’t know what to play in, ask your swing coach.
3. Pick the colleges that you would like to attend. Start with your dream list and then pick some that you know that you can likely play for and start sending out emails introducing yourself, your past tournament results and your upcoming playing schedule so they can come out and watch you play. You can email or call coaches and talk to them but they can’t respond or call you until Sept. 1 of your junior year. Other than a questionnaire that they will send you after you contact them which is code word for (You are on the radar).
****Tip of the Day for juniors going through the recruiting process: coaches are not just looking at your scores although they are important. They are looking at things like: attitude when you hit a bad shot or have a bad hole. How do you bounce back? You all act right when you hit a good shot or make a birdie..learn to control your emotions. 2) How you dress. Are you matching with your shirt tucked in and your clothes pressed? Or are you a wrinkled mess with your shirt half way out. I know there are great players that might dress sloppy but you are not making a good impression. 3) How do you treat your fellow competitors? with respect of are you…as they….the kid that no-one wants to play with. I am not saying you have to talk the entire round but be respectful and compliment them on good play. Lastly, carry yourself with confidence. As I like to call it “Take up some space”. Good players have a way about the way they walk, talk and handle themself on the golf course. If you don’t know what that looks like, watch Jordan Speith.
Enough for today. Send me some questions on twitter, instagram or snap-chat #askguru or comment and don’t be afraid to share
I hope you had a great day wherever you are and thank you for the comments, text messages and positive feedback from yesterdays post. It was very cold here as I woke up to 16 degrees outside and I don’t think it got our of the 30’s which is cold for North Carolina. Of course my 14-year-old son has played golf the last 2 days but he rarely misses a day and he is off school but that is for another blog. I had a junior golf meeting this morning and gave one lesson inside “the dojo” hitting into the net which isn’t bad training. On Sunday I leave for Orlando for the PGA Show, for those of you who don’t know, its our big trade show where anything in the world of golf can be found. For me as an instructor, I look forward to seeing what is new in the training aid, video software or 3D motion capture world but mostly my time is spent catching up with old friends, networking with new friends and attending seminars for continuing education. Always trying to find that one or two nuggets that I can take back and implement in my teaching or at my facility. I am looking forward to several of the proponent group sessions and the Foot-Joy/Boditrak seminars but typically I learn more in the hall way/dinner discussions that are so valuable when I have the chance to spend time with other top instructors.
Twitter and New Social Media Platforms
Over the years I have tried most of the social media platforms and always tend to go back to twitter, Facebook, you tube and my blog for communication and learning. Since my goals have changed and I am in a different place in my career, I have backed off on twitter a little unless I really have something to share of say. It is still the fastest and best way to communicate, build relationships and stay up with the world (depending on who you follow of course). Lately I have been spending more time on instagram and snap-chat which have been interesting. I don’t think these are just for kids as I think they can be great vehicles if used appropriately. I typically post swing or putting videos of some of my students to highlight their hard work on instagram and can link them to other sites if needed. Still messing with snapchat (golfguru1). Most people just post funny stuff in their lives and what is going on but I think it can be an effective marketing tool, even though the videos and pics disappear after a day. Live streaming has become popular with Mearkat leading the way and now Periscope. Periscope is starting to be used by golf instructors to allow you to watch them work while being able to post comments and questions which I think can be valuable. The problem is in order to be most effective (in my opinion) there needs to be someone else holding the camera while you work or it is unrealistic and not as authentic. Still a pretty cool app that I will be using from time to time. I think it works best for a q and a session (face to face) or in a seminar setting. I have enjoyed how Jason Glass, fitness/TPI expert has used it as a daily show of sorts (Coach Glass TV) @jasonglasslab to share information with golfers and fitness trainers. Check him out if you get a chance. I did a show with a couple of my friends, @dennissalesgolf and Derek Radley earlier in the year talking about junior golf and college recruiting which I thought went well.
Lots of golf instruction questions floating around on twitter and Facebook such as “should the trail leg stay flexed or should it extend?” Are we really talking about this still? What is the proper footwork and how should be use the ground (grf’s). I have my thoughts but will save them for another time. Also, after watching the last couple of tour events, I think the golf commentators should seek out at least a general idea of the latest information in order to speak intelligently about some topics as they attempt to describe a golf swing…Brutal! Frank Nobilo at least tries to get the answers which I appreciate. Don’t even get me started about this Old School vs. New School debate….which will likely be my next workshop presentation (I hope you are signed up for Guru Workshop 5 on March 28th…if not click here (shameless but necessary). Rant over!
Ok. Use the hashtag #askguru and Leave me some questions on twitter, instagram or snapchat or in the comment section and I will answer them on my next blog via text or video. Thanks so much for reading and don’t be afraid to use a share button at the bottom
Come and say hey in Orlando! See you soon
Hello peeps! I feel like this is the first time I have ever blogged or written and article. Probably because I haven’t written about anything of substance in a long while…. this one will be no exception:) I started this blog in 2009 and it has been a very important outlet for me in many ways. Whether it is sharing a video tip, writing an article that was on my mind about golf instruction or whatever was going on in my life or just creating content to allow you into my little world. My goals for my social media campaign (as the SM experts would call it) have changed as my job and life have changed but it doesn’t give me the right to disconnect from the world which I feel that I have done a little lately. Moving from a nationally ranked golf school to an exclusive private country club setting has changed my focus from trying to get my information out to the entire golf world to now a group of 1000 members at my club. The communication hasn’t stopped, it has just been geared towards the fish bowl instead of the ocean. Its been good because it has helped me to streamline my goals for my life and my business into these categories that I am passionate about. 1) I want to help as many young teaching professionals become better than me starting with my outstanding staff (Maggie Simons, Josh Spragins) by sharing information and practicalities that have helped me along the way 2) become a better coach to my elite juniors that I have an opportunity to assist in getting better and playing golf in college. 3) Creating some balance in my life to spend more time with my wife and kids…not entirely in that particular order I might say. probably 3-1-2.
A Thought On Goals
Even as a young professional, I have always been a goal setter. Every year I would set down and write out on a note card what I wanted to accomplish for that year. Some of you that have heard me do talks at my seminars know that this is what pushed me in the direction of teaching full time when I was a head professional. When all of your goals line up to you becoming a “Top Teacher” you soon realize that you are in the wrong place to accomplish that goal. After sitting down with my staff recently for our yearly goals setting session (key #1 tell someone about your goals for accountability) I I realized that I had gotten loose with some of my daily practices that have helped me along the way. The beauty of sharing information or helping others is that it is a “Two Way Street”. When I have the opportunity to mentor or share with another individual, it reminds me of things that I may have forgotten or took for granted which allows me to continually learn from these experiences. Danaa Rader is the best that I have ever been around when it comes to setting goals. She helped me simplify my list. She used to say” Your goals should not look like a to-do list.” ….And every goal should have and ACTION plan behind it. This would be a detailed step by step plan to get to the end result.
Getting Back To The Basics
If you haven’t guessed already, this is going to become a very random…journal like writing space that I will try to do every couple of days. It may be a couple of sentences or it might be an article of epic proportion. I don’t know what will come out of it. All I know is I will be writing and sharing my thoughts. As I reflect on the last couple of years, it is very easy when you have some success, to get lazy in the practices that got your there….So here is my list of what I will be doing more of in 2016.
- Reading more real books – Based on my library that I stare at eveytime I sit in front of the computer, I would guess that I have read close to 300 books on golf instruction, leadership, personal development, coaching, marketing, business etc. With everything nearly on the internet and social media I have found myslelf just reading articles and papers, which is not bad but I have to get back to real reading which will require me to sit in a quiet place…..loads of benefit here!
- Travel to watch other teachers work – I used to do this all the time but now with youtube and facebook we tend to get lazy in gathering information and lose the face to face, live aspect that is real life. I am always honored when other teachers come to watch me work but it doesn’t give me the excuse to not do the same.
- Better Use of Downtime – I used to listen to at lest an hour every day of some audio presentation, audio book or lecture dealing with personal development, leadership, management etc. (in the car to and from work). I am pretty sure I have a few degrees from Automobile University. Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, John Maxwell and Brian Tracy are some of my favorites. Now its itunes and podcasts that are getting popular which I have been fortunate to be a part of a few. 3A. I am going to work on my golf game this year. I still have some game left in me and I still love to play so scheduling practice, playing with members and signing up for a few tournaments will be on my list.
- Finish my Ebook – I have a book that I wrote a year and a half ago that I never got published. I need to go through and see what I like and what i want to change and get it out there. If any of you have a good blueprint for the process of this, let me know. Time For Action!
That is the theme for this year….ACTION! We all spend alot of time online, at seminars, gathering information, doing research. It is now time to implement what you know and make it work for your situation. This year my focus is on “Long Term Coaching Programs.” Why? That is for another blog post.
Coaching Secret For The Day: Learn how to deal with poeple and read body language first before you worry about learning and administering the information in a golf lesson. Read a book on learning styles, personalities or body language and it will be easier to get your students to be accepting to new information and to ultimately trust you as a person and their coach
Required reading: How to win friends and influence people by Carnegie, Winning with People by John Maxwell
and Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hil
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The 4th Annual 2015 Guru’s Teaching and Coaching workshop was such an incredible event and I can’t thank the presenters and all that attended enough for making it so successful. Based on all the great feedback from attendees, the amount of emails and messages inquiring “When is the next one scheduled” and my continued quest to provide educational opportunities to my fellow professionals (and a few glasses of wine with JG)…. I am excited to announce that I will be hosting (and presenting) the 5th Annual Guru Workshop on Monday, March 28th 2016 at Carmel CC in Charlotte, North Carolina and the lineup will not dissapoint. Every year I strive to put together the best coaches from all over the world to share their
knowledge and expertise at an affordable price ($250.00…or 225.00 if you sign up before the end of the year). The entry fee will include lunch and a copy of the entire seminar on video. This years 3 coaches plus yours truly all display a diverse skill set and knowledge base that will make for a great day of learning, sharing and networking. I had 2 other well known teachers that were interested in participating but could not work it out because of their schedules so I am going to keep the list smaller to make room for expanded time for (LIVE Lessons) at the end of the day which has been a huge hit in the past workshops. ***There is an outside chance that their may be a late addition to the docket but I will announce that if It happens. As always, the pre-game and post game social activities will allow you to meet and talk to the presenters in a relaxed social setting.
2015 Presenters: (LtoR)Kirk Oguri, John Graham, James Hong, Jason Sutton, James Ridyard, Cameron McCormick
Here are the presenters for the 2016 Guru’s Teaching and Coaching Workshop:
Claude Harmon III
Beginning 5th season as Director of Instruction at The Floridian, Claude Harmon is in the vanguard of the new generation of golf teachers. Steeped in tradition both his grandfather, Claude Harmon, and father Claude “Butch” Harmon Jr., have been the dominant teachers of their generation. The Harmon family pedigree has been the perfect foundation for Claude to build his knowledge of golf instruction. Claude’s teaching philosophy and methods have delivered lower scores and better, more repeatable swings for seasoned tour players, celebrities, and amateurs of all abilities and is now ranked 22nd on Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in America and a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor.
Claude plied his trade and learnt his craft around the world including Scotland, Portugal, Dubai, Macau and various locations across the United States. He worked full time on the European Tour from 2002-2006 traveling around the world coaching some of golf’s best players. His present and past students include Ernie Els, Brooks Koepka, Yani Tseng, Trevor Immelman, Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell, Gary Woodland, Peter Uihlein, and Darren Clarke. Claude is a TPI Certified Level 3 Golf Fitness Instructor, as well as TPI Level 2 Certified in Biomechanics and Junior Coaching. He is uniquely qualified to apply “new school” teaching concepts in an “old school” fashion. He is a regulator contributor to Golf Channel Morning Drive, Sky Sports Golf and is the host of Son of a Butch Radio on Sirius/XM. twitter: @ch3golf
Originally from England, Mark Blackburn arrived in America in 1994 on a college golf scholarship. A multiple Lettermen and Team Captain at The University of Southern Mississippi, Mark received a BS in Coaching & Exercise Science. While playing professionally, inconsistencies and injury led to questioning golf’s geometry and teaching theories. The answers transitioned into a coaching philosophy that applies a holistic sport science approach. Diagnosing poor golf patterns through a medical approach, then validating those findings and corrections withtechnology is the key to improved golf performance. Blackburn Golf, http://www.blackburngolf.com was founded in 2000. Mark a Certified PGA Member, TPI CGP LIII & GSEM continues to work with golfers of all levels. The Blackburn Golf Teaching Philosophy focuses on each student’s unique physical characteristics to develop an efficient and repeatable technique:
Mark was the Dixie Section PGA Teacher of The Year in 2008, 2009 & 2010, a finalist for The PGA National Teacher of The Year 2010-2014, Dixie Section Horton Smith Award winner in 2011, a Member of the TPI Advisory Board, on the Titleist Leadership Advisory Staff, A Golf Digest Top 40 Teacher in America Under 40 and one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America. Blackburn Golf coaches juniors, club golfers, elite amateurs, college and professional clients from around the world. Clients that have and continue to be coached by Mark Blackburn & Blackburn Golf include: Heath Slocum, Robert Karlsson, Kevin Chappell, Andrew Putnam, John Peterson, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Boo Weekley, Nathan Green, Chad Campbell, YE Yang, Brian Gay, and Spike McRoy. twitter: @blackburngolf
Coming back for his 3rd straight year, I am proud to bring back one of the premier putting coaches in the game today, Mr. John Graham.John is a Level 4 Master Instructor of the AimPoint Green Reading System that also focuses on putting performance. John was recently voted as a Top Teacher in the State of New York and travels around the world improving all levels of players with their green reading and putting. John also spends a fair amount of his time traveling and working with his students on the PGA, LPGA and Web.com Tours. He is also business partners with short game coach, James Ridyard as they make up the Short Game Secrets Team. John’s list of outstanding students continue to grow. He has worked with or is currently working with PGA Tour and LPGA tour players: Charles Howell III, Kris Tumilis, Trevor Immelmen, Jamie Lovemark and Mark Wilson. twitter: @johngrahamgolf
Just finishing his 4th season as Director of Instruction at the prestigious Carmel CC in Charlotte, NC, Jason Sutton “AKA The Guru” has been teaching and coaching for over 23 years with the last 16 years in a full time capacity. Here are a few highlights and honors:
- 2015 Carolinas PGA Section Horton Smith Award Winner
- 2013 Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year
- Member of the Carolinas PGA Teaching and Coaching Committee
- Ranked #4 in the State of NC by Golf Digest 2015
- Ranked #7 in the State of NC by Golf Digest 2013
- Ranked #9 in the State of NC by Golf Digest 2009
- Nominated 5 times to Golf Magazine top 100 list
- AimPoint Certified since 2011
- Teaches with Trackman, SAM Putt Lab and BodiTrak
- Teaches numerous Mini tour, Web.com, Symetra Tour, Top amateurs, college players and elite juniors
- Have been featured on radio shows such as: XM PGA Tour Radio (Dewsweepers golf show with Tony Ruggerio, Maginnes of Tap with John Maginnes) Global Golf Radio with Virgil Herring and Ned Michaels- 104.5)
Thank you to all of you who have supported my workshop in the past and I look forward to seeing you all next March!
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