Anyone who watches the Golf Channel on a regular basis knows exactly who Michael Breed is and just how much he loves teaching golf. His enthusiasm knows no limits! He didn’t share a recipe for his ‘secret sauce’ but after spending a day with him, I believe it to be his enthusiasm.
One of his first points of conversation with us (a group full of teaching professionals) was removing doubt from our instruction. It is not about self-doubt, but rather our student’s doubt.
Picture two passengers in a row boat. One is the student and one is the coach. The coach is going to row in the direction he wants the two of them to travel. If the student questions the coach and doesn’t row, the boat just goes around in a circle. What if the student has so much doubt that he actually rows in opposite direction? The boat travels in a circle, but much faster this time!
So how do we as PGA professionals remove that doubt? Many, many ways of course! First off, are those three letters after my name – PGA. PGA Professionals work hard to prove themselves as experts in the game and industry of golf and must continually prove that expertise by attaining MSRs (member service requirements). Rest assured that if you are working with a PGA Professional (hopefully me!) that he or she has the proper training and knowledge to help you improve. Achievements, experience, and awards are other ways we can remove the doubt from our student’s minds. I have the course record at West Pines (61), Reinhardt University’s record low round (66), have won numerous tournaments as an amateur and professional, and won the Georgia PGA’s 2016 Bill Strausbaugh Award. I have always felt awkward sharing those accomplishments with my students, but Michael changed all of that yesterday. Those accomplishments are not for me – they are for you! They are for you so that you can remove all of the doubt from your mind and trust what we are working on together. If we can work together, without the doubt, we can find out just how good of a golfer you can become!
One last point from yesterday – I want to be your golf COACH not your TEACHER. A Coach is fully invested and along for the journey. Think back to your childhood. I’m sure you had some good teachers, but almost all of us remember our Coaches more fondly. Back to that boat analogy – the Coach is in the boat rowing with you – the Teacher is on the shore telling you what to do.
I am ready to be your golf COACH – and I’ll provide the enthusiasm too!