In 2014, I was burned out on Golf. I was teaching over 150 Hours of Private Lessons a month, and enjoying every minute of those lessons. Yet, something was nagging at me. I had recently been struggling under the tutelage of a Top Teacher, and had consciously parted ways. The only think I could really see that was working for that individual was to continuously, and obnoxiously extol the virtues of his teaching at every possible moment. The more I looked at the teaching landscape, the more it was filled with this kind of approach: “My way is the best, only, and most awesome” chest pounding self proselytizing non-sense. It doesn’t take a genius to see how this kind of approach can leave a lot to be desired from a lot of standpoints. I couldn’t help but feel that those that were continuously self promoting, were out to mostly convince themselves. My fear was, if I bought in, and self-promoted to the hilt, I would become someone I didn’t want to be. I didn’t like that option. So I quit promoting all together-I pretty much went dark. I have spent the last 3 years teaching, observing, and refining my approach with the intent of ensuring that what I was doing was authentic. Am I promoting to promote? Or am I doing it to connect and share something authentic, real, and true. At the moment I can honestly say it’s the latter.
My position now as a Director of Golf vs. full time Teaching Professional, lends itself to a much more holistic expression of teaching & coaching: to share and connect on ideas for improvement to a much larger audience. I am enjoying that aim, and I plan to continue to to just that, and nothing more. After all, what else is there?