Student: "I'd like to buy a lesson package and book you for 10 days straight,"
My response: "Absolutely not."
During a 60-minute golf lesson, I spend time talking to my students and coaching them through various elements of their game. It is very personalized and I do my best to share concepts in a manner that they can duplicate when they are practicing at home or at the driving range in between lessons.
Practice is fundamental for any golfer and very important if you are a beginner or trying to improve some aspect of your overall game. So when a student requests lessons with me on a daily basis, I have to ask when exactly are they going to practice what they just learned. I firmly believe that my students learn the most when they practice and I have seen evidence of that when I receive the texts during the week about their progress or their struggles.
While it is easy for me to sell the package and book the lessons, I prefer for my students to grow as a golfer and practice before their next lesson.
The Honda Classic is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour at PGA National Resort & Spa Champions Course in Palm Beach Gardens. Tour professionals will visit our area February 25 - March 3, 2019 to not only play golf but to raise money for South Florida charities including the JGFA (Junior Golf Foundation of America). DISCOUNTED tickets to attend The Honda Classic are available at Okeeheelee and Park Ridge Golf Courses.
This year attendees will have an opportunity to see Brooks Koepka play. Koepka is not only a 3-time Major Winner but he is a local boy who spent his early years at Okeeheelee Golf Course.
2/10/19 Update: Justin Thomas will also be playing in the Honda Classic this year.
Now if you prefer a FREE ticket to The Honda Classic, the JGFA is requesting volunteers to help at their concession stand. Call 561-964-4653 ext. 5 to sign up before all spots are taken.
The 12th Annual Palm Beach County Putting Classic is set for Saturday, March 16, 2019. The practice putting green at Okeeheelee Golf Course will serve as the backdrop for this creative "miniature golf course" competition. Each year golfers gather to participate in this fun event to raise money for the Junior Golf Foundation of America, Inc. which offers all children an opportunity to learn and play golf. I have the honor of teaching those children all day every Saturday, making me unavailable to participate in this event but I hope you will attend.
In 2019 Callaway is promising results that are Faster Than Humanly Possible. Experience it for yourself at Park Ridge Golf Course on January 30, 2019 or at Okeeheelee Golf Course on February 18, 2019 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
On February 5, 2019, tour inspired innovation from Cobra Golf will be showcased at Okeeheelee Golf Course. You can test out their softest, most precise irons from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The most wanted super game improvement iron is available only through Cleveland Golf. Try it before you buy it at Demo Day at Okeeheelee Golf Course on February 13, 2019 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
TaylorMade's SpeedFoam™ technology is available for iron and gap play. Could this be the difference maker in your game? Find out on February 27, 2019 at Okeeheelee Golf Course from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Today was probably the coldest day we have had this year but that did not phase my homeschool golf students. Some came dressed for the artic while others chose a layered approach. Nonetheless, they were ready to show me what they learned. One by one they stepped up for individual assessments. Out of the corner of my eye I could see friendships forming as some of the girls huddled together to keep warm. I also heard words of encouragement, "Don't worry, I was happy feet once, but look at me now." That's golf at its best and these young golfers are getting it.
Golf is an individual sport in many ways, but you play the game with other individuals and it is important to treat them with respect. There have been countless times when I have heard one student shout "Wow, great shot!" or "You can do it!" For them it is not a competition with each other, it is about learning at your own pace and celebrating the successes of others.
Within the group I also have some students who become frustrated with their progress at times. In golf this is almost a given, but that's where I help them to look at the skill in a different way or find a way to make them laugh through their challenges. Overall, I have been very impressed with the tenacity of this group and their willingness to accept feedback.
It is a pleasure to coach them and I look forward to our next series.