How can I give you this guarantee?

It’s to do with the simple reason as to why amateur golfers aren’t getting better, faster


The simple reason is that the ‘aha’ moments during your lessons are not the same as the ‘aha’ moments out on the course.

One of the most frequent things I hear with new students is: “When I had the lesson, I got it; but I couldn’t carry it through to the golf course. In fact, the corrections only lasted a little while; I guess I went back to my old habits.”

One of the reasons for this recurring phenomenon is that the student simply never had “it” in the first place.

Everyone can briefly make better contact with the golf ball by repeating a series of movements. No matter that the movements are completely unfamiliar to them. When directed by an instructor to repeat the same movements for 10 minutes, even a 28 handicapper can hit the ball like an 18 handicapper.

That is far from “getting it.” The inevitable lack of retention of those new found movements means the students go through the whole process again in the next lesson.

To achieve “aha” moments out on the course require self-discovery

My teaching philosophy is that the short-term “how-to” lesson format needs reinforcement.

As well as “how-to” lessons, you need to be provided with learning opportunities for self-discovery.

You will absolutely hit the ball better by the end of the lesson if I stand on the tee and show you “how” on every swing. And by the time you are half way home, you will have forgotten (mentally and physically) everything I showed you.

It’s the difference between ‘I can do it’ and ‘Oh, I know how to do it’.

This is why I have developed ways for you to get the ‘aha moments’ on your own as much as possible.

You get more “aha” moments … and that’s a guarantee!

If you can hit a driver, walk 230 yards, and then hit an 8 iron and continue to hit it solid, you might really be getting in the groove. This is very different to getting a false sense of groove from hitting the same shot time and again where you can auto-correct after a few minutes.

We have more knowledge of the golf swing than we have ever had before

Statistically, amateur players, club golfers or weekend warriors are not getting better faster despite the fact that we know more about the golf swing than ever.

Why is the average golfer not improving, or improving much more slowly than perhaps they should?

I think the answer lies in how the standard golf lesson is taught and particularly trying to understand your swing by hitting balls on the range.

That’s why hitting balls on the range can be very misleading.

You need to understand your own swing, not the textbook swing

A one-hour lesson on the range can provide a quick fix for bad faults like a big hook, a big slice or a shank. But it doesn’t help you to get a deeper understanding of your swing that is as individual as your fingerprint.

So the corrections never last for very long.

You need an arrangement that allows you to see me as often as is needed to develop a better understanding of your natural swing. These sessions would be brief, but more frequent.

So, instead of a 30 or 60-minute lesson once a week, it might be more sensible for you to see me 3 times a week for 10 - 15 minutes.

Mike Donald Golf

High Legh Park Golf Club,
Warrington Road, High Legh,
Knutsford, Cheshire
England
WA16 0WA

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