When I teach I use different tools for visual, verbal, kinesthetic, and tactile learners. For visual learners, I use video analysis. For verbal learners, I use the spoken and written word. For kinesthetic learners, I help them “feel” or “experience” certain movements. For tactile learners, I use drills, practice stations, and trial and error. It is nearly impossible to place a person solely into one style of learning. This is because many people use a combination of these styles.
In terms of my communication style, I always follow an important principle in golf instruction known as “less is more.” When a golfer is working on certain movements in their golf technique, they should focus on a small number of movements in a simple manner. I can’t stress the importance of this statement enough. Out of all the teachers and players I have encountered, the best abide by this principle.
Working on too much at the same time will hurt you. How much is too much? This depends on the individual, but one swing thought at a time is plenty for many of the world’s best, especially during playing. In fact, many of the best rounds from top players often involve no swing thoughts. The best players are great at keeping their swing thoughts simple as possible. The best teachers are great at making their instruction simple as possible. Oftentimes in golf, if you are working on the correct things and keeping them simple, you will have a great combination for improvement.