How to Teach Golf

By Kim Kleinle
Guiding your student in practice drills is the heart of golf instruction.
Guiding your student in practice drills is the heart of golf instruction.

To be successful teaching golf, you must understand the golf swing, be able to communicate swing mechanics to the student and be able to observe the characteristics of the swing in order to identify errors and potential strategies for improvement.

Interview the student. Ask her how long she has played golf, whether she has any physical limitations or injuries, and what type of golf instruction she has had in the past.

Establish goals for the lesson with the help of the student. Ask the student what he hopes to accomplish in the lesson and, ultimately, for his golf game. Help the student clarify and set very specific goals.

Clarify the task to be performed, using the three learning methods: verbal, visual and kinesthetic. Tell the student what the task is, show her how to perform it, and provide drills to allow her to feel the new technique.

Guide the student as he attempts to perform the task or drill you have provided. You have reached the heart of the lesson. Allow the student time to practice, and provide positive feedback, focusing on what the student is doing properly. Offer corrections when necessary.

Summarize the lesson. Discuss the goal you and the student set at the beginning of the lesson and the steps you took to work toward that goal. Give her advice for practicing on her own and explain the next steps she will need to take, such as specific drills or additional lessons.

About the Author

Kim Kleinle is a PGA/LPGA professional and a member of a select group certified in instruction by the Professional Golfers' Association. She began writing in 1980 after earning her degree. Her work has appeared online, in "Northeast Golfer" and in newspapers, including the "Scranton Times." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Point Park University, Pittsburgh.

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