My Imaginary Interview On The Tim Ferris Show – Tribe Of Mentors


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I’m a big fan of high achieving people who enjoy sharing information and challenge the learning curve and push themselves in all areas of their life which is why I think I was drawn to Mr. Timothy Ferris’ work and podcast. Through his podcast and connecting with so many successful people, I bought his latest book, Tribe of Mentors. I thought it was a great idea which involves Tim reaching out to successful people in different spaces of business, entertainment, sports and music and asking them a series of 11 questions. This brilliant idea gleaned so many interesting and helpful ideas of what made these people great at what they do and it is a must read. I am sure that I was on that list that he sent out and that the email must have got caught in my spam so I thought I would give the questions a shot as to see what I would come up with IF Asked to be a part of this project. It definitely was an exercise that forced me to be uncomfortably transparent and reflect on some of the things that have helped me along the way, failures and high points in my life. So I hope you enjoy this little FAKE interview that I made up in my own monkey brain……oh and go buy the book! Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferris

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Tim: Hello boys and girls and welcome to another episode of the Tim Ferris Show where it is my job to explore the stories, tactics, strategies, habits etc. from people who are the best at what they do. This episode is a very special episode as it delivers the typical high performance ideas, book recommendations etc. but it is unique in the fact that my guest is from the golf teaching business which is a first for my podcast.  I am not a great golfer, but I think you will find that my guest, Jason Sutton A.K.N as the “The Guru” can bring an interesting perspective on personal development strategies, dealing with adversity, overcoming obstacles and success habits that you can apply to any profession or occupation. The Guru is a Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor and is ranked #1 in North Carolina by Golf Digest. He is currently the PGA Director of Instruction at the prestigious, Carmel CC located in Charlotte, NC where he has been for 6 years. So without further ado, let’s get to my conversation with Jason Sutton.

Tim: After speaking with you in preparing this interview, I wasn’t surprised so much that you are so well read in the golf instruction space but that you have read so many books outside of your comfort zone with topics such as personal development, marketing, business and coaching from other sports. My first question is “What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are the three books that have greatly influenced you life?

Jason: That is a great question as I am a believer that certain things (i.e books, information, people, opportunities show up in your life for a reason) so as a young professional in the late 90’s I embarked on a personal development journey that included books and cd’s (automobile university)  that would start to shape my thinking and my career in many different ways. I am sad to say that I haven’t gifted as many books as I should but I did recently gift your latest book “Tribe of Mentors” to my staff (host kiss up). So I will start from the beginning with:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – book written in 1937 and was the original personal development bible. I learned the importance of creating a “mastermind” crew or what I now call my “personal board of directors” stolen from one of your guests, surrounding myself with people who will have a positive influence on my life and that have my best interest at heart. Success coaches like Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy and Zig Ziglar have learned from the research done by Napoleon Hill. 

How to Win Friends and Influence People  by Carnegie, The Servant Leader by James Autry, Anything by John Maxwell especially: Failing Forward, Thinking for a Change, the 21 indispensible qualities of a leader, the Success Journey and the 101 series…..

Shackelton’s Way, Leadership Lessons  – the story of the great antarctic explorer. I learned that matching up certain personality types that have the continuous learning gene is way more important than always hiring the most qualified person for your staff and also how important it is to equip your team with the necessary tools to succeed (technology, skills training and knowledge)

Presentations Plus by David Peoplessomething that I refer to many times when preparing for speeches

The Power of Who by Bob Beudine, How Full Is Your Bucket by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

In 2009 I read Crush It, The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck. It had a massive impact on how I have created my brand and online presence. I am currently reading his new book, Crushing It which should be great as well

As I said earlier, I started getting much of my information by listening to CD’s that I had burned from the internet. I listened to at least an hour per day (typically my ride to and from work) of lectures or personal development programs that I call Automobile University. I still do this as now it is podcasts or audio books (PM me for my favorite podcasts) . My favorites were Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy and Dennis Waitley. I not only learned from the information they were providing but I paid close attention to their audio delivery, tone, story telling and the way they organized their presentations. I use these tactics to this day when I do talks. 

Jason: I know that is more than you asked but thought it may be useful to your listeners. I didn’t even go into my coaching and golf books. For another show!

Tim: quite all right, that is great stuff! What purchase of $100 of less has most positively impacted you life in the last six months?

Jason: They are a little more than $100.00 but I would have to say my On Ghost running shoes. I started running consistently about 13 years ago and have even ran 2 3/4 marathons and 4 half marathons in the past 10 years but I have gotten off track in the last couple of years. Starting about 5 months ago I rededicated myself to fitness and nutrition. I have lost 20 pounds and have gotten back into about half marathon running shape. It doesn’t do us any good to set big goals that our body and health can’t keep up with so my new Swiss running shoes (I own 2 pair) have been an important tool for this new transformation. I still have 8-10 pounds to go to reach my goal. p.s. my new stretch goal is to complete an Ultra Marathon…shhh!

Tim: You are speaking my language as you know I am big on fitness and nutrition. What has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?

Jason: I think every successful person has experienced failures over the years. It is how you respond to these failures is what makes us great! The failure that was now the best thing that ever happened to myself and my career was when I had my first Head Pro job at the age of 28. I was an assistant that was promoted to head professional after the former HP left for another job. I was green and inexperienced and put in charge of a rather large operation. It was a single owner operation so it was a big adjustment to be the leader of a large staff and a big operation. after my GM who was my former boss that hired me left for another job, they went through 2 more General Managers in less than 3 years which didn’t make it easy. Regardless of the situation, I was not happy with my role and the direction the club was moving aside from the fact that my added responsibility was pulling me farther and farther from passion which was teaching, it was time to make a change. Come to find that the last GM had plans to bring in his own staff which pushed me out the door. As I said things happen for a reason and this allowed me to do a deep dive into what made me truly happy and to start to double down on my strengths which was helping people play better golf (teaching and coaching). I shortly after got my biggest break of my career when teaching legend, Ms. Dana Rader hired me to be a part of her staff at her top 25 golf school. This is when my career took off as I now had one binary goal and that was to become the best golf instructor that I could become which is what I strive to do everyday even now. 

Tim: If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with the anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? 

Jason: One of my favorite quotes and one that I end a lot of my talks with is by Zig Ziglar — “If you help enough other people get what they want, you can have everything that you want!” For the act of sharing, mentoring others and lending help is not designed to get something in return even though we know that the law of paying it forward is strong in this way but it is because it is the right thing to do and also its about the type of person that we become and how it makes us feel to help others reach their goals. My mission in life is to leave a LEGACY that my wife and kids will be proud of, simple as that.  

Tim: I totally agree. Sound advice for sure! What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love? 

Jason: I gave this a lot of thought and I thought of what my wife would say is something that drives her crazy that I do and it is watching old movies several times over. For some reason I have always been fascinated with the movie business ever since I took a film class in college. When I find a film that interests me, I pick it apart from lighting, camera angles, actors lines to scripts. I spend too much time on the IMDB app for sure which is a problem. I love the show “Off Camera” with Sam Jones where he interviews actors and directors. I am fascinated with the entire process of the movie business. It does take up alot of my time but I feel like I get quality movie lines and thought-provoking feelings from a good or crappy movie sometimes. It does create great material for golf lessons though.

Tim: In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

Jason: I would have to say getting into distance running has had a massive influence on my life. When my wife was pregnant with my daughter, Brittanie (now 18) I gained a bunch of weight as dads tend to do when your wife is eating crazy food when pregnant. After she was born I felt like I needed to make a change in my health so I started running to get in shape. After a few failed attempts, I decided to do what I always do when I don’t know something, so I bought a book on running (Run-Walk-Run by Galloway) which got me running consistently without killing myself or getting hurt all the time. I signed up for my first 10k and did pretty good and I was hooked. Then I met my good friend Steve Hightower which changed my life. Steve was a new golfer that showed up to one of my beginning golf clinics wearing an iron man triathlon visor. So we struck up a convo about fitness and running and he said “Have you ever thought about running a marathon?” I said hell no, I’m too fat and slow for that kind of non sense! He said that he had done several and that I could do it with the right training plan….sounds like golf huh? Turns out he was a tri Athlon coach for Team in Training. Steve said if you teach me to play golf then I will teach to run far. So in typical Guru OCD fashion, I went from 10k to 26.2 (which I don’t recommend). I finished the Chicago marathon in 2006 with his guidance and since then have done several half marathons, run almost 2 more (see blog about marathon accident) full marathons and still feel like a have a few left on the bucket list. Steve and I meet once a week (when we aren’t injured)with some other friends which I cherish very much. Our friendship is invaluable. I use running as a time to think and reflect as I have come up with so many great ideas on long runs, aside from the fact that  it makes me feel good about myself and gives me more energy to enjoy life. It also makes me feel like an athlete again which is important to me which is why I love the races. Even though I have gone through a few times where I have been inconsistent, running will always be a part of my life as long as I can do it. The process of training and completing a marathon will change your life for sure as it did mine.

Tim: What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore

Jason: Seek out your mentors wisely. You will know right away the ones whom have your best interest at heart. I would encourage them to reach out to as many people that they respect in their field as possible and figure out how to spend time with them. It is so easy now with social media. DM as many people as you care to learn from and be prepared for some to say no.  Whether its having lunch, phone calls or see if they can come and shadow them while they work. Be an information gatherer, study as much about how human behavior, body language and persuasion and don’t get caught up in the minutia. The more you DO, that stuff will start to make sense. Don’t be afraid to fail and make mistakes. If you live or work afraid to screw up it means that you aren’t putting yourself in situations where you are uncomfortable which stunts your  growth. So do things that stretch you and make you uncomfortable such as volunteering to speak to a group. As Gary V says, “Macro patience and Micro speed. Learn as fast as you can but you have to be patient when it comes to validation and notoriety. It is not that important and will come later if you do the work.  Study, Practice, Teach….learn as much as you can about your craft from your mentors, Practice – get in a position to be able to do what you want as much as possible (even if it’s for FREE). Volunteer to intern somewhere that you want to work and figure out how to make it happen. Building your skills is much more important than money at first, the money will follow if you work your face off, and TEACH – don’t forget to pass it to someone else as this will keep you sharp and continue the chain for learning and mentoring. Lastly, always give credit to where you learned something that has helped you along the way. No one gets to the mountain top alone so show respect to the ones that helped get  you there. 

Tim: What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

The latest debate is that Technology is ruining the teaching game. Understand that technology only allows us to measure what the golfer, the club and the ball are doing. Technology has no philosophy or bias on the way you should diagnose the problem in front of you, it only gives you accurate answers that helps us be more efficient with the prescription. It is still up to the coach to give the diagnosis, communicate the what, why and how and to get the student to change behaviors, habits and motor patterns. Most people who are down on these devices haven’t spent enough time learning the information and how they work so they misjudge what they don’t understand. OK, I’m off my soapbox…

Tim: You seem very passionate about this subject

Jason: I’m passionate about things that could possibly hold my profession back and this is a big one

Tim: In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc) What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?

When your reputation starts to grow and when you are recognized as a leader in your industry, people want more and more of your time. Look, when I started in this business, I set out to be the best teacher on the planet and that is still my goal,  so I am not complaining one bit but I have to learn to say no to things that take time away from my family, my staff and my students which is difficult for me to do. I am too nice a guy sometimes so I tend to say yes to every request so I am still working on that one. I just want to help everybody which I am finding I can’t do.

Tim: When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? (What questions do you ask yourself?)

Jason: Typically when I get this feeling of being overwhelmed it is because I haven’t prepared early enough and things start to pile up on me. For example, if I am putting together a presentation for a speaking engagement and I wait until the last-minute to do it, take notes and practice it…then I get overwhelmed. I am working on getting more organized so this doesn’t happen as often. If I am anxious about something like a big talk I’m getting ready to do or maybe an important lesson, I will ask the question….What is the worst thing that could happen? and usually it calms me down.  I have a difficult time turning my brain off and don’t sleep very well at times so I have been experimenting with Mindful Meditation for the first time so hopefully it will give me some better focus where I will have less anxiety over things that I cannot control 

Tim: Well Jason this was great! I am sorry that it took so long to get you on but we will have to do it again very soon

Jason: Tim it was an honor to be on the show. I love and respect your work and I appreciate you allowing me to share my story. Best of luck with your new book. I will spread the word to as many as I can

 

zzzz……..And then I woke up as it was only a dream. But if we can’t dream then we won’t stretch ourselves to be better. 

Be better today than you were yesterday. Thanks for reading and don’t be afraid to use the share buttons below.

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Full Swing Coaching Program Practice with Team Guru with special guest Nicklaus Sutton


Three years ago I transformed my teaching into purely “Long Term Coaching Programs” which include supervised practices with the team #teamguru. Here is an opening presentation of a full swing session with a few guys where I discuss the difference between “blocked vs. random” practice and the key to getting your range swing to the golf course. I had the help of my son, Nicklaus who is one of the top juniors in NC. He was gracious enough to hit some shots for us and talk about what we are working on together.

 

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The Daily Guru Episode 5 – PGA Recap and a HOT teaching topic


 

 

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.open forum 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 indeed12662672_10100454467849653_8789851450571400416_n

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.

Big congrats to my junior golf leader, Maggie Simons for making the Top 50 US Kids Teacher list. Im very proud!12642656_10100454467485383_2403433539268560312_n

12642619_10100454467435483_7073681339111760697_nIt 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:

  1. Smart2Move Biomechanical Motion Capture Force Plates – Click to watch a short video on smart2move force plate logo

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3. Sure Set Golf – Click for a demonstration videodf-rotator01a

 

 

 

 

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

Guru

Daily Guru Episode 4 – A Great Addtion To Guru Workshop 16


img_0029.jpgA 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

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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 regular_6bf065c33cde94dadb0aaf372866c5mechanics, 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 myselfheadshotClaude Harmon III claude3and Mark Blackburn MarkBlackburnwhich 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.

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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 jsutton@carmelcountryclub.org and I will send you an invoice. 

downloadCoaching 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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The Daily Guru – Episode 3 “College Coaches and Recruiting”


coastncaaWhat’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 andimages (4) 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

Guru

 

 

The Daily Guru Episode 1 – Goals and Minutia


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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.

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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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.images

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

download (1)  Required reading: How to win friends and influence people by Carnegie, Winning with People by John Maxwell maxwell

and Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hil

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I am interested in what you think. Leave a comment below and don’t be afraid to share.

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Talk to you tomorrow,

Guru

The 2016 Gurus Teaching and CoachingWorkshop


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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

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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.

 

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Here are the presenters for the 2016 Guru’s Teaching and Coaching Workshop:

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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

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Mark Blackburn

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

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  John Graham

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

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    Jason Sutton

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)

Twitter: @golfgurutv

Thank you to all of you who have supported my workshop in the past and I look forward to seeing you all next March!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!!

To reserve your spot: email me at jsutton@carmelcountryclub.org. Once you sign up, you will recieve a paypal invoice to pay your entry. The first 100 paid entry fees get in! Remember the date: Monday, March 28th from 9:00-6:00/ 250.00 entry…….(Early Bird Special) make sure take advantage of the 25.00 discount by signing up and paying before the end of the year

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Best,

Guru

 

My Interview with Virgil Herring on Golf Talk America (Archive)


This is an interview that I did with Virgil on 104.5 thezone where we discuss the biggest myth in putting and also Tiger Woods and Chris Como. Mind you,this was in December of last year so don’t beat me up too bad if Tiger doesn’t make it back but I am still optimistic. I hope you enjoy! and leave your comments at the bottom.

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Using Strokes Gained Putting To Improve Your Putting with Alex van der Linden


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I wanted to post this video for a couple of reasons. 1) I think it is very good information that can help you look at your putting and stats a different way and 2) I wanted to share with my viewers, tweeps and friends a very special person in my life that I won’t get to see everyday like I have for the past year and a half. Alex van der Linden and I met through a mutual friend, Brian Baille, on social media about a year and a half ago. Brian knew that I had been teaching putting and learning more about SAM Putt lab data and reached out to me to let me know that I may want to contact this young man who was a wiz on the putt lab. These opportunities come across your radar and many times we don’t take action but something told me that this is one that I might take a chance on. I called Alex and we met for lunch one Monday that I was off. We proceeded to go to the dojo to test some stuff on the putt lab. When we finally looked up, 6 hours had gone by and I was blown away by the information, knowledge and overall presentation of this young guy that looked like a young poindexter (and so his nickname was adopted). I wasn’t looking to hire anyone and he wasn’t really looking for a job but I had to create an opportunity for the both of us to work together. My first personal assistant was created. Even though he was officially working for me, I always felt that we were working together because I feel like I learned as much from him as he learned from me. He watched me give hundreds of lessons, we discussed swing and putting theory, he assisted me in putting lessons and fittings and slowly we developed a relationship in which we could pretty much read each others minds, which is scary. He was left brain and I was right. He taught me how to critical think and question the so-called answers and I taught him how to take all the information, put the pieces together and present in a golf lesson to the average golfer. It is always great to see young professional learn and grow as Alex has done. I look back on my career and remember when I was his age and think of how far ahead he is to this point. I have seen his life and his career change in the blink of an eye and to think that I may have been a positive influence on it is very rewarding. I am excited to see what the future brings in his next endeavor as he leaves me to join the staff at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill. I feel like that you will be seeing and hearing a lot from this up and coming superstar in the teaching business.

Ladies and Gentleman……It is my great pleasure to introduce my good friend…….The Golf Geek! Follow him on twitter @vandogolf

 

Best of Luck and God Bless My Friend,

Guru

 

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