Learning is not something that requires time out from productive activity; learning is at the very heart of productive activity.

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HOW DOES ONE CHANGE?

 

Look at all the areas of your life where you have mastered something. Did your mastery of that skill take an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, ten years or do you still find yourself on the path? Furthermore, when you first set course did you expect to master that particular skill set in a short amount of time or were you content with working and improving a little, day by day, over a much longer period of time?

 

When exploring environments for learning, a useful question to ask yourself may be, “why have I changed in the past?” Did you change for change itself, necessity, curiosity, self challenge, passion or even love? Would one or more of these reasons for change be helpful tools for future change? Finally, which reason is most enduring?

 

My personal question as a coach has always been, “how do I lead students to improve? What is necessary for positive change to occur and endure?"

 

Here are the facts:

 

- The total number of people who play has declined or remained flat each year since 2000, dropping to about 24 million from 30 million.

- Only 15% of golfers take lessons. Of that 15% of golfers who take lessons, 95% are playing to the same handicap (or worse) three months later.

With the growing influence of technology within the golf instruction industry, we have more information about the golf swing than ever before. However, information does not correlate to real and lasting change.

- Contrary to common practice, humans do not learn best from studying abstract models, reading or listening to lectures. Humans are better equipped to accumulate information by operating within the world they live.

 

The simple truth is that there is a problem with the learning environment within the golf industry. Golf coaches must steer way from information driven instruction. For real and lasting change to occur, it is instead necessary to coach golfers how to learn. 

 

Pure accumulation of knowledge should never be the goal. The goal should be the ability to demonstrate application of that knowledge. That is, developing a true knowing through experience. Human beings construct knowledge best through experience by doing.  

 

My goal is to alter the environment for which golf is learned. When we take away the objective outcome of scoring and focus instead on the process for learning, extraordinary improvement is possible. Great golf can then arise as the byproduct of a rich and fulfilling process. In this sense, golfers are not practicing to play better; they play better by falling in love with their practice.