There is significantly more to playing and competing at golf than technique. A significant part resides in aspects of practice strategies, playing strategies, game management, and the important mental component of performance. A top athlete would not be a top athlete in any sport without significant strength in all of these areas, no matter how well they perform the actual physical movements of the sport. Strength in these areas is often what turns a proficient executor of sporting skills into a formidable competitor.
I study these areas in the same manner I study technical aspects of the game, by examining similarities as well as differences among top performers. I enjoy studying how top performers approach these areas, what habits and traits are seen in their games, and what thoughts occur in their minds.
I have previously described how similarities and differences are seen among top golfers in the areas of ball striking, the short game, and putting. Golf strategy and the mind are no different; individualism is just as much a part of these areas. Many great golfers have approached practice, playing, and the mental component in different ways. Differences in styles will make finding your own best path as enjoyable as it is challenging. You may discover a unique combination of aspects that help you achieve playing at your highest potential more frequently.
My goal is to help and guide students in the discovery of these aspects. I do this by giving suggestions for improvement by observing on-course play. I have a long history of providing on-course playing lessons and observing students in competitive events. I offer programs in both of these areas. A great deal of information can be learned about a student through watching them play, especially in pressure situations, as it allows instructors to gain valuable insight concerning a student’s strengths and weaknesses. It exposes teachers to all of the important areas of their game that influence scoring.