Lessons By Tom Ward
"Seek first to Understand, and then to be understood"
In my Golf seminars, I usually start out with this wonderful quote to
make a point. Knowing that different words mean different things to different
people, it's critical that the teacher and student are on the same page
in order to reach the objectives collectively that each desires, which
are getting the player to reach their goals they have set, and for the
instructor to impart his or her knowledge to the student which will make
an everlasting impression leading to a successful conclusion for both
parties. I find it's incredibly important that I have an understanding
of what my students have been exposed to, and their impressions, and interpretations
on what they feel are attempting to do by taking up the game. The descriptions
they give me allow me to create a greater understanding on where they
are coming from, and how best to approach them in a way that they can
learn most efficently. The biggest problem in learning is communication!
In future articles I will deal with this subject at greater length.
In teaching the golfswing, I cannot repeat too many times how to learn
to make the major moves necessary to create the proper motion that swings
the club in the best plane for each individual. I try not to teach a
lot of things. I teach a few things a lot of times. If you have any
questions regarding any aspects of the game please contact me at 1-800-387-0980
or e-mail me at TPWARD@SWBELL. NET.
Finally, I will leave you with a poem that may help put things in
perspective when it comes to learning the game:
"Oh, It's easy to think he'll solve all my ills,
with only one lesson, and without any pills,
But remember, Dear Golfers, when your close to tears,
you can't learn in an hour what has taken him years."