What Do I Need For Remote Coaching?

You may have some interest in remote coaching, but may have questions on what is needed. Below is a list of what you need for online coaching, as well as, some links to purchase the necessary items.

  • Area to practice
    • Local driving range
    • Safe, open, park or field
    • Hitting net
    • Simulator

Having an at home hitting area is not a must, but I personally think they are great. It makes it easy to get practice in everyday. Below are some suggested hitting nets to purchase if you are wanting to build an at home hitting area.

GoSports Golf Practice Hitting Net 7×7 ft

Jardin Golf Hitting Net

Just For Nets Golf High Impact Net (build your own)

  • Ability to record swings
    • Phone
    • iPad or other tablet devices
    • Camera

I suggest having a tripod or phone clip that can be positioned properly when recording swings. The camera being still and positioned correctly is very important for coaches to give you the best possible analysis. Below are some suggestions for tripods or phone clips to use.

Phone Tripod, UBeesize 50″

SelfieGOLF

  • Video recording app
    • CoachNow
    • V1 Sports
    • Hudl Technique
    • Skillest

Your coach should let you know what video analysis software/app they use. This is where you will upload your recordings and get responses from your coach. You will need internet access to share swing videos. If you choose to have the app on your phone, make sure you have the proper amount of storage.

  • A quality coach
    • Ryan Rody, Instagram handle @rrodypga
    • Taylor Crosby, Instagram handle @tc_instruction
    • Ben Pellicani, Instagram handle @pelligolf

Above are 3 coaches I have a ton of respect for. They are knowledgeable and provide great services. You can find out their information by messaging them on Instagram. Working with a quality coach that provides a great service will make remote coaching an incredible experience.



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Is Remote Coaching Right for Me?

With remote coaching being so specific to your needs, and informational, players have had positive results. Like all things though, some have not had the same success from remote coaching. So, here are 4 questions to figure out if remote coaching is right for you.

1. Do I have a specific goal for my golf game?

Having a specific goal for your golf game is important when signing up for remote coaching. Your goal is what will stoke the fire. In this case, the fire is your desire to improve.

2. Will I practice each week?  

Practicing multiple times a week for 30-60 minutes each session will play a powerful role in achieving progress. Having the drive and desire to reach your specific goal will make this much easier to follow. Practice does not have to be at a driving range or golf course each session; it can be at your home too.

3. Am I comfortable asking questions when needing clarification?

Being comfortable asking your coach questions when information is not clear to you is important. The better you understand the information your coach is sharing, the easier it will be to execute drills/tasks being asked of you, and to self-diagnose while performing these drills/tasks.

4. Will I be patient and trust the process?

This is crucial. Results will not always come quickly; they may take time depending on what is required of you to improve. Having a mindset that is patient and understanding will go a long way in your improvement. When a player does not trust the process and is impatient, they tend to stop listening to their coach, stop practicing the prescribed drills, and revert to old habits. This ultimately leads to little, to no improvement.

Final Thoughts

If you answered no to 1 or 2 of these questions, you should consider if remote coaching is the right fit for you. It is okay if it isn’t. It is not right for everyone, and you are better off considering in person lessons instead.

If you answered yes to all these questions, you are a great fit for remote coaching!



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Putting Myth: Straight Back, Straight Through Pt. 2

Yesterday I introduced the myth of wanting a straight back, straight through putting stroke. We covered how the shaft tracks, the head arcs, and the face rotates. Today, we will break down what happens when we have a straight back, straight through putting stroke.

Before we analyze a straight back, straight through putting stroke, we need to understand another key element that the best putters in the world do… a consistent radius throughout the stroke.

Let’s take a look at what happens with our arms in a good putting stroke.

Elite level putters will have a consistent radius when making their putting stroke. This will allow them to have better speed control and the ball will start on their intended line more consistently.

Now that we have some understanding of what the best putters in the world do, let’s look at what happens with our putting stroke when it is straight back, straight through.


All that added motion in the arms is changing the radius throughout the entirety of one’s stroke. With the arms lengthening and shortening excessively a repeatable putting stroke is nearly impossible. Speed control will suffer greatly because it is hard to manufacture the same motion over and over. Also, the face of the putter will inconsistently rotate throughout the duration of the stroke from the elbows moving too much. This will make it hard to start the ball on line and make those close range putts.

If you want to be a good putter, do not try and make the putting stroke straight back, straight through. Remember the shaft tracks, the club head arcs, and the face rotates.


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Putting Myth: Straight Back, Straight Through

Have you ever been told to make your putting stroke straight back and straight through? It is a popular phrase that players have heard often when struggling with putting. Unfortunately, this is wrong and this concept could be making you a worse putter!

The shaft tracks, the head arcs, and the face rotates. Lets dive into what I mean by this.

Below is an aerial view of the putting stroke for the same player as shown in our first examples. The player is making a stroke with one of my favorite training aids, Visio Mi Putting Template. This is a 15 degree arc which is considered a neutral putting arc. Notice how the putter head traces on the arc throughout. Also, do you notice how the putter face opens and closes in the stroke?

A straight back, straight through putting stroke is different than a putting stroke moving properly with the shaft tracking, putter head arcing, and the face rotating. When we try and move the putter with a straight back, straight through stroke, manipulations in our wrists, forearms, elbows, and upper arms will occur causing inconsistent and poor putting performance.

So the shaft tracks, the putter head arcs, and the putter face rotates.

Next post I will dive into what happens in the body and how it hurts our putting performance when we make a straight back, straight through stroke so make sure you subscribe for future content.


Interested in working on your putting stroke, reach out to hear about the Putting Academy Experience.


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Inside Look at Remote Coaching

The internet has been changing how golf instructors and coaches go about their business. As a coach, we have the ability to coach anyone regardless of where they live now. Remote coaching and online lessons are starting to become more and more popular. I believe the reason why is because it gives players access to amazing coaches who they normally could not work with. The second reason why is it makes practicing correctly easier. Below are some examples of how remote coaching can benefit you.

  • Deep understanding of your swing, both positive and negative aspects
  • Specific practice plan to achieve progress
  • Shifts mindset into a growth mindset
  • Easy to be held accountable

Below is the layout for my monthly coaching program.

This layout I am sure other great coaches are using. Players get educated on their swing, given a plan to improve their swing, and are held accountable to these changes. Communication between player and coach is consistent and allows for all questions to answered in full.

What do you need for remote coaching?

  • Access to a place to hit golf balls
    • Driving range
    • Simulator
    • Hitting net or make shift hitting net
    • Park or field to hit golf balls in
  • Ability to record videos
    • Phone
    • IPad or other tablets
    • Camera
    • Having a tripod or phone clip can make recording videos much easier as well. Message me for suggestions for phone clips if searching.
  • Access to the internet to upload videos

Fill out the form below for information regarding my remote coaching program. Limited spots available.


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Sneak Peak: Golf Course Management Online Course

Knowing your shot pattern can help you choose the correct spot to aim and allow for better results on our miss hits. Players want to hit the ball right at the pin all the time and do not account for their bad shots. This leaves them in bad positions and ultimately higher scores. Know your shot pattern, play smart, and you will shoot lower scores.

If you are interested in my “Fundamentals of Golf Course Management Class” fill out the form below to be added to the wait list. The program is expected to release before April 20th.

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Making the Most from COVID-19

With all the craziness going on from COVID-19, some can still play golf, some cannot, but we can all improve during this time. These are a few options that can help you lower your scores during this time.

Practice Putting: Far too often golfers want to lower their scores and go the lengths of buying new clubs, new training aids, getting lessons, and don’t get me wrong these things can help, but how often do we get a putting lesson? Putting lessons are starting to become more popular thanks to guys like Phil Kenyon, David Orr, Marcus Potters,and Preston Combs. Players assume that putting is easy and technique is not nearly as involved, which couldn’t be anymore incorrect. All the coaches mentioned above offer online putting lessons and videos to help you become a great putter. Do yourself a favor and work on your putting during this time.

Improve Physically: Your body plays a huge role in what you are going to do when swinging club. I use the following example to make a point to my players, if I said go dunk this basketball and you are unable to dunk, how likely is it for you to dunk. It is not physically possible for you so if a coach is trying to make a change in your swing but you are physically not able to, what is the point of the lessons? You are just wasting your time and money. So, do yourself a favor and get a TPI body screen. You can go to the TPI website to find a professional to help.

Online lessons or subscription services: The internet is a great thing for providing information. We all have a little more time on our hands so find a pro that does online lessons or has a member subscription website that provides information to help you get better. I personally like guys like Ryan Rody, Taylor Crosby, and Ben Pellicani for online lessons. They are great instructors and can definitely help. If you are looking for a subscription service, my suggestions would be Course Kings or Golf Pass.

Make the most out of this time by working on your golf game. If you would like my help with any of the services above, please reach out. I offer an online putting academy, remote TPI body screen with customized workouts, and online lessons. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Be well,


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The Stages of Motor Learning

Comprehension of the 3 stages of motor learning and identifying what stage you are in, or should be in, is an important part of the learning process. Playing your best golf requires you to be able to focus on the shot is in front of you without much, if any, mechanical thought or conscious effort when swinging. The reality of development, nonetheless, is that there can be many mechanical thoughts, awkward movements, and lack of athleticism depending on the stage you are in. This short overview into the science of motor learning will help you better manage your expectations and mindset throughout the learning process.

Cognitive stage: The first stage of learning is where athletes are trying to gather information. A coach will provide feedback on what you are doing, what you need to do, and how to go about developing it. During this phase, make sure you are asking questions to ensure the information makes sense. If a concept is hard to grasp, you need to communicate that with your coach until it is no longer does. Throughout the Cognitive stage you will learn specific drills and the appropriate feedback to use so that you can begin making repetitions in the second stage of learning.

Associative Stage: Once you conceptually and clearly understand the movement pattern or sequence of multiple movement patterns your coach wants you to develop, you are ready for the Associative Stage. During this phase it is important to have a growth mindset since this is the longest stage of learning. Keep the mindset of wanting to get 1% each practice session or lesson. Deliberate practice, knowing what to focus on, and understanding what feedback to use is crucial. Those three aspects will make this learning stage more efficient. Athletes will begin to learn what movement pattern errors (swing faults) they tend to make as well.

Autonomous Stage: The final stage is when the swing seems unconscious, automatic, and smooth. This is the swing you should use on the golf course. We want to keep our thoughts to a minimum during this stage and on the golf course. Your focus should be on what you want the ball to do and not what your body is doing. If their is a swing thought that helps you execute shots with better results, use it. Remember on the golf course the goal is to shoot the lowest score possible.


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About me

The past decade I have been on a journey to become one of the best golf coaches in the world…. that is the goal at least. Regardless of if I reach that goal or not, I can honestly say I love what I do. I’m fortunate to show up each day to the lesson tee excited to get work.

I started golfing when I was a freshman in high school. My family is filled with non-golfers so you can imagine their surprise when I said I wanted to try out for the golf team. They thought I was going to get cut from the golf team for sure. My first day of tryouts pretty much consisted of me hitting low rollers all day but was lucky enough to not lose a golf ball. That day I found out golf was very difficult and what I saw on TV from the pros is a lot harder to do. My competitive spirit and disdain for being bad at things led to me watching and learning about golf as much as I could to improve.

A few years later when I was 17, I started coaching private lessons for the first time. I knew the most about the swing on my team so I started helping some of my teammates with their games. My passion for golf led to me attending Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI for their professional golf management program. While in school I traveled all over the United States to learn from some of the best golf instructors in the world. I was also still coaching players from my high school and wanted to help them play at the highest level. Luckily my first 3 players all went on to play Division 1 and 2 college golf.

After college, I moved to the Chicago area to be a golf instructor for Topgolf, where I was for 4.5 years. What an incredible time that was too. I met and coached so many great people and players. Junior golf became my staple and I helped my players win over 120 IJGA, MAJGT, CDGA, WJGA, WSGA, HJGT, and AJGA tournaments. My students have participated in the 2017, 2018, 2019 NCAA National Championships and the 2018 and 2019 USGA US Amateur.

I decided to start writing golf articles to try and help golfers from all over. I will cover all areas of the game; from technique, short game, putting, how to practice, how we learn, etc. in these articles. I hope you enjoy the information and please reach out with any suggestions. Please hit subscribe to the blog to stay up to date on the great information I am going to share.

Be well,

Ryan


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