"Stick with something long enough to master it." - Jack Nicholas

As your coach, I care about one thing, getting results. I want you to drop 5, 10 up to 15 strokes off your score. Yes you can do it. Trust me I have accomplished this task with many of my clients. It's as simple as finding an experienced coach, making a commitment and building an effective program customized for you. I guarantee you will see amazing results in your game and finally gain the confidence you desire. But what is the difference between Sarah Dant Golf and other golf instructors? And what does a customized program look like for the average amateur golf?

The Difference

Golf instruction, with the help of new technology, has evolved over time and the role of a coach is becoming more prevalent in our top athletes. Junior golfers are training like athletes and skills are being properly developed for competitive situations and lifetime success. Unfortunately, for the average amateur golfer, you are still living and trying to survive in a world consisting of too much information and a system that lacks the proper training techniques for skill development and acquisition. As a consumer in the golf industry, you must understand and be aware of the current state of the teaching business.

The PGA of America has 27,000 members who have been educated in all areas of the golf business from management to retail. Today the PGA Golf Professional is becoming even more specialized in their specific area such as teaching.  In current times, professional education programs for PGA Professionals who wish to specialize in teaching and coaching are well intentioned; however, the programs are inadequate. They do not provide us with information and training necessary to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of today's golfer. The harsh reality is that the vast majority of PGA Professionals who deliver golf instructional services and programs are lacking considerable in education, training and core competency skills. And you, the consumer, suffers because of this lack of proper training.

You have two options, lessons or coaching. We are all familiar with traditional lessons. They usually last about an hour and the person giving the lesson tends to be the center of attention. There is no formal assessment or plan for the lesson. You are basically "buying" the teacher's concept of the golf swing. In one session they may tell you everything they know, everything you are doing wrong and you leave feeling horrible about your game and not sure what to do next. There is a good chance you probably only take a few lessons a year, just enough to confuse you and screw up any natural athlete ability you had before the lesson. The lesson is usually a method taught to everyone or the less experienced teacher will teach you what they feel in their swing. In this system the teacher is rarely held accountable for your results as they are only concerned with building perfect swings.

Coaching is on the opposite extreme of the spectrum. It's what you experienced growing up playing baseball, football and soccer. You were part of a team with regular practice sessions supervised by your coach. You had an opportunity to grow and self-discover your own strengths and weaknesses. Coaches provided instruction, feedback and drills over an extended period of time. They were part of your life and made sure you, the athlete, was successful in your performance.

Golf coaches should be held accountable for your results.  If you want to see an improvement in your performance, you must seek out qualified golf coaches who understand the learning process and coaching model. The good news there is a huge paradigm shift happening in the teaching business and many more teachers are making the switch to becoming coaches. And lucky for you, I have made it my mission to be an outstanding golf coach for my clients! If you can't make it to me and need help finding a qualified coach in your area, contact me and I will get you started in the right direction.

Customized Programs

The greatest players of all time have two things in common. They have had the same coach their entire life and the coach focuses on building solid fundamental skills that transfer to a variety of conditions under pressure. Jordan Spieth and Cameron McCormick. Jack Nicholas and Jack Grout. Rory Mcllroy and Michael Bannon. Jason Day and Colin Swatton. Annika Sorenstam and Henri Reis. Jim Furyk and his father Mike. Arnold Palmer and his father Deacon. This list goes on and on. These players had a plan and they spend years paving a road to becoming a championship golfer. Even if your road leads you to be a 10 handicapper, the process needs to be the same. Stick with a program and build skills that will show up on the golf course.

Keep in mind when you take lessons every Golf Professional teaches their own concepts and will communicate the mechanics of the swing differently than the next Golf Professional. There is no universal method for teachers to follow. So the more teachers you see the more conflicting thoughts you may collect. The easiest way to get started on a better path to improvement is to pick one instructor and stick with them for an extended period of time. Committing to a long-term player development program allows the teacher to make necessary adjustments during the process of skill building and transferring skills to the golf course.

Your Program Includes:

  • An assessment of your ball control skills based on quality of contact, direction and trajectory.
  • A plan that includes setting a realistic outcome goal and up to 3 process goals with re-evaluation periodically during the program.
  • Understanding the cause and effect in your swing mechanics and motor patterns.
  • A commitment to clear concepts the apply to your game and your abilities.
  • Student accountability to measuring stats on the golf course and using feedback to adjust training sessions.
  • Mental skills assessment that will identify target and train mental skills that apply to your needs. Also managing and eliminating interference.
  • Practice sessions designed with purpose to acquire new skills, measure, test and develop trust to transfer the skills under pressure on the golf course.
  • Continuous evaluation from the coach and student through on course playing sessions.