I know it has been a few days but I have been trying to get caught up (and recover) from another great week in Orlando at the PGA Show. It is always an interesting week of catching up with old friends, networking and meeting new friends and trying to digest all that is new and exciting in the golf business. For those of you who attended you know that it is impossible to see everything and everybody so you do the best you can. My week was divided between our Annual AimPoint Green Reading Summit on Monday-Tuesday to some great presentations and educational seminars at the GTP Open Forum and Proponent Group followed by attempting to walk the floor to see that newest training aids and technology in the teaching world.
Open forum hosted by Nick Chertock, Chris Como and Michael Michaelides just keeps getting better every year and I appreciate their continued hard work. I am not sure you will ever see a better group of the top coaches in the industry gathered in one room for 7 hours of sharing information. It is such a fun night and I always learn something in the process. Presentations by Dr. Duffey, Rob Houlding, John Dunigan, David Orr, Chuch Cook, Sasha McKenzie and Liam Mucklow were awesome. The short game and instructional panels were very interesting especially when you get to hear from the players perspective i.e Brad Faxon and Grant Waite. Another great night of learning and interaction was had for sure.
The Tweet Up is alive and well with our new hosts, Megan Padua and VikkiVanderpool. Thanks girls for all your hard work and for a great night of catching up with the gang. See if you can name all of these coaches in the picture plus one tour player. Strong group indeed
Big thanks to Lorin Anderson for putting together another great educational presenters lineup for Proponent Group. Jon Sinclairs presentation on 2d vs 3d with a little wedge info was fantastic as was David Orrs putting information. After spending a couple of days with Mr. Sinclair, I learned so much from him and about what he does and the information that he has gathered is going to be unbelievable as he presents at my Guru Workshop on March 28th. Thank you Jon for allowing me to pick your brain and answering all my questions at dinner. Also thank you to David Orr for the hallway discussion at the open forum where he cleared up some up some questions that I had about putting and confirmed some of my research information which was helpful. Always willing to share which is great.
Big congrats to my junior golf leader, Maggie Simons for making the Top 50 US Kids Teacher list. Im very proud!
It is always great to catch up with so many friends and meet a few new ones. If we didn’t get to talk to you or meet you I apologize and will catch you at some point down the road. Shout out to my crew and roommates, Allen Burton, Dennis Sales, Rob McGill, Jason Helman and Preston Combs for putting up with me all week. I always learn something from all of you through our late night discussions. Just a bunch of golf swing geeks that can’t get enough of talking about teaching and coaching and sharing new ideas about how we can help our students get better. You guys are awesome!
Alright so onto my top training aid or wish list: Like I said earlier, you can’t get around to every booth. I typically get other teacher friends to tell me what they liked we can build our list from there. It saves time as I can go to what tends to pop up the most. It was great walking the show with one of my mentors, Ed Ibarguen as we looked at a few pieces of technology that looked pretty good. Here are my top 5:
- Smart2Move Biomechanical Motion Capture Force Plates – Click to watch a short video on smart2move force plate
2. Ikkos Neuroplacity Training – Click for Ikkos video
3. Sure Set Golf – Click for a demonstration video
4. 4 -D Motion capture – click to watch 4 D motion capture video
5. Blast Motion – This one is not there yet but has potential. Biomechanicanist, Michael Bentley knows what he is doing so I expect this one to get better every year.
Teaching Thought for the day: I wanted to share a facebook post that I enjoyed from a good friend of mine, Robert Linville (I hope he doesn’t mind if I repost it). It is a topic that has bugged me for awhile and he put it so well I didn’t want to mess it up. Also, this will be my topic for my talk at Guru Workshop 16 “Old School vs. New School”
Robert Linville writes-
There is a debate in the golf instruction industry that makes no sense to me. The issue is whether the use of technology (Trackman, Flightscope, SwinGuru, Boditraks, etc) is making students more technical and less reliant on their feel and abilities to truly learn, therefore hurting student’s performance. My experience leads me to opinion that is quite the opposite.
My teaching philosophy has always been based on these three basic principles:
1. What did the ball do.
2. What did the club do to cause the ball flight.
3. What did the person do to cause the club to move a certain way.
The better my diagnosis is, the more simple the learning process becomes for the student.
The advancements in technology have allowed me to understand ball flight laws better. (Everything I was taught 30 years ago was actually backwards and very wrong). New advancements in technology have allowed me to understand the golf club/golf ball relationship to ball flight much better. New advancements have helped me understand bio-mechanics better. All of this makes me a more informed and better teacher/coach.
This information allows me keep the information I dispense as simple as possible, and allows the student to use self-discovery to find the how. I can diagnose the what and why much quicker, and lead the student in the right direction because of a better diagnosis. The use of technology has made me a much less technical teacher, not the other way around. They are just tools for learning.
This debate and lack of understanding is very, very sad and very disturbing as it relates to my industry. We should be all be embracing new advancements in information. One last thing…just because a teacher says they keep it simple will not be helpful if the simple information is wrong.
My thought: If you haven’t been out to watch a top teacher utilize Trackman or any other piece of technology in their instruction, you have no write to assume how they use it with your students. I can assure you it hasn’t made me over technical. Don’t judge until you get the facts!
So there you have it. I am sure there was so much more that you saw, so let me hear what your favorite part of the PGA show was . Leave your comment at the bottom, tweet me or PM me on Facebook.
Have a great weekend