Teaching Philosophy

Derek Highley, Class A PGA Member
226-926-7060 | derek@canadianfade.com

Skill Based Golf Instruction

You Don't Have To Fear Golf Lessons

That may sound like an odd statement but I have actually been told by a few golfers that one reason they have never taken a golf lesson is because even though they know they have room for improvement they don't want to risk messing up what they already have.

Philosophy - Golf Is A Game of Skill

Like every other athletic endeavor the full golf swing is a complex skill that is made up of a number of smaller component skills. The path to improvement relies on evaluating a student's current skill level in each of these component skills and determining where there are deficiencies and deciding on which skill is the most important one to work on.  There is no real mystery to the golf swing, it has pretty much been figured out, generally what is holding students back is that the current popular model of how golf is taught is broken, it does not work.  Skill Based instruction differs significantly from a "method" approach which is more of a one size fits all philosophy, where the emphasis is on achieving "positions" or "looks" in a golf swing, neglecting skill building.

Getting Started - Your Swing Evaluation Session

The first time that I meet students I like to have a Swing Evaluation Session. I ask students to set aside about 90 minutes for this first lesson, this allows enough time to see the student hit some balls, discuss current ability level, talk about student's goals, current issues, strengths and weaknesses and generally begin to get a good feel for the best path to success.

During the Swing Evaluation we will video your swing and then take time to go through it together and discuss what we see and prioritize issues in the swing that are keeping you from reaching your goals and also develop a logical and sequential plan for improvement.

We will then begin to work on changes needed, discuss drills that will help you ingrain your improvements, use video in order to ensure that you understand the changes and are making the correct motions.

To bring everything together and to ensure the greatest chance for long term success we will put together a practice plan and create video clips from your lesson that you will have future access to online so that you can always go back and review what we worked on in your lesson.

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