Following on from our article The Ultimate Coach we take a look at the responsibility of the student to ensure that they get the best from their golf coach.
Game improvement is best viewed as a two-way interaction involving a good coach and a student who recognises the characteristics required to implement this knowledge. The Ultimate Student assesses the role golf students must play in fulfilling their own successful game improvement.
What makes a good learner:
- Being ready to learn and have a willingness to try out new swing changes by demonstrating curiosity
- Accepting that they are ready to be taught
- Passionate for improvement
- Possessing good problem solving skills when considering their coach’s input.
A good student’s approach to practise:
- Remaining focused on the subject matter at hand while taking time to practice the topic until it is grooved appropriately and successfully
- Knowing when it is a good time to practice the drills prescribed by their coach by understanding the importance of remaining focused
- Understanding the importance of purposeful practise.
Immediacy versus long term improvement and understanding the bigger picture:
- Persevering without becoming frustrated or discouraged when items are not easily achieved at first
- Realising that in many instances learning is not always a spontaneous event but something that is understood over a period of time
- judging progress holistically and not solely by the flight of the ball.
Creating a successful relationship between student and coach:
- By challenging the coaching process and asking questions they will show a keenness to absorb knowledge
- Following the plan created to aid improvement
- Reflecting on the lesson via email or conversation post lesson
- Trusting the coach
- Showing a resilience and determination to achieve results
- Understanding that results are all in context and which needs to be clarified at each stage
Listed below are the 12 key points in determining a good student. The more of these traits a student has, the better their potential for growth.
- listen intently
- clarify problems
- ask questions
- don’t expect immediate results
- are determined to succeed
- trust the teacher
- don’t complain about minor setbacks
- follow the game plan devised by their teacher
- write down swing “thoughts” and “feels”
- set reachable goals within a set time frame
- don’t always judge their progress by ball flight