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.
The Homeschool Group Golf launched on September 11, 2018 with a great group of 10 students ages 4 - 14. While a few had some exposure to golf, overall the group is definitely beginner. Beginner groups are incredibly fun to teach because I get to witness dramatic improvements and hopefully develop some young raw talent.
In the first lesson, I spent time determining which golf clubs would be appropriate for each golfer, I discussed safety and then I showed them some basics. Soon the new golfers were learning that the golf swing is not as easy as it looks but they had fun. Fun is what is most important for me after the first lesson.
During our second lesson, we focused on swing mechanics. This is when I get to see natural ability for the full swing. Some golfers are able to remain balanced naturally while others have tremendous power that needs to be harnessed. Still others need more detailed instruction because they are thinking the same skills that worked for them in another sport can be applied to golf. This is not always the case.
I am having a blast with this group of young people. During our next meeting I will be introducing the little feet to help them understand that "Happy Feet" is a movie not a golf move.
I recently learned that one of my students would be attending school at home. His Mom told me that after observing the environment in the public school system as a substitute teacher she discovered that her son was not challenged academically. Having spent a considerable amount of time with him in golf lessons, I can attest that he is a very intelligent young boy and I look forward to seeing him grow as a golfer and as a person.
I have talked to other parents who have elected to homeschool their children and while quality of education is important, I believe character building is a big factor. As a golfer, character is paramount. Counting strokes requires the golfer to be honest. If you accidentally hit your ball while taking a practice swing it counts. If you move your ball out of a difficult lie, it counts. If you hit the ball into the water, it counts. Everything counts in golf and everything counts in life.
I have been playing since I was five but I practice every morning and any chance I get in-between lessons. I love golf and it is my hope that my students will grow to love it as much as I do. Some of my students have aspirations of attaining college scholarships and beyond so I talk to them constantly about commitment, discipline and perseverance. All of these traits apply to the decisions we make daily.
If you have decided to homeschool your child or know someone who has because character building is important, allow me to be a partner in that endeavor. I have recently relaunched a 7-week Junior Golf Group Class on Tuesdays at Park Ridge Golf Course.
Start date: September 11, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Registration: Contact Coach Glen
Registration Fee: $65 golf clubs provided (payment by cash, check or credit card will be collected on day 1). Parents will sign a liability waiver at this time as well.
Attire: Traditional golf attire (dress shorts/collared shirts), age appropriate athletic attire and gym shoes are permitted.
Duration: 7-weeks, students are welcome to take the series as often as they wish.
Meeting Place: The deck between the pro shop and the cafe.
If you are like most parents you are very aware that the school year is coming to an end. Summer break will arrive quickly and you are probably reviewing a number of options for summer camps or programs for your child(ren). If I have described you, take a few moments to review the documents below that include descriptions for golf camps and even a summer league.
A few months back, I was asked if I would consider teaching a few moms golf while their children participated in an After-School Clinic. I agreed without hesitation because the women will be able to practice and develop their golf skills alongside their child.
I believe it is important for all women to learn golf because it is a skill that will last a lifetime. As moms, they can look forward to years of fun playing golf creating memories with their children. As wives, they can accompany their spouse for a round of golf and strengthen their relationship. As professionals in their career, they will discover that playing golf can open up new doors by providing them with unique networking opportunities. As friends, they can have an enjoyable day outside on the green. As fitness enthusiasts, they can forgo the cart and walk the course as they play. As fashionistas, they will find that golf apparel can add a new dimension to their wardrobe.
No matter the reason, women choose to learn, I have discovered that group golf lessons are extremely effective and fun for female golfers. The lesson becomes a social gathering as they wait for me to begin. During the lesson they share a camaraderie as they overcome the challenges of learning proper technique in their golf swing. After the lesson, they encourage each other and celebrate their progress. Oftentimes, these relationships extend past the lesson as new friendships are formed. As a result, they want to keep learning and improving each week.
If you would like to join the fun, click here to get details and register.