A Day at a GLT Workshop

Joseph Culverhouse
  • Author: Joseph Culverhouse
  • Manager - GLT Content and Communications
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I’ve already written about GLT’s golf workshops & seminars several times, but until this week, I’ve never seen one for myself. (That’s right, I broke a journalistic commandment and used second-hand information to write an article. I’m practically auditioning for buzzfeed!)

Despite having read about the workshops enough to write convincing, believable copy, before actually attending, I wasn’t fully aware of the amount of information the GLT team delivers to golf coaches in just one of these sessions.

The day starts about as you’d expect, a bunch of guys wearing their best playing gear sitting around having coffee and getting to know one another. Other than lunch, that’s about the only predictable moment of the day.

Game Like Training is all about teaching coaches to conduct practice in a manner that simulates the stresses golfers face on-course; therefore, the seminar is conducted in a similar way. While there are short slide presentations to begin each session, Iain and Matthew encourage audience interaction, and allow the questions posed by the audience to direct the flow of instruction.

So, following the coffee introductions, it’s time for the nitty gritty. Starting off, Iain Highfield gives attendees a quick but thorough run-through of the importance of golfers having a solid psychological process.

After a few questions (along with a sprinkling of self-deprecating humor… or at least a few attempts,) attendees are taken to the range to see the information they’ve just received put into action as GLT Coach Arick Zeigel plays the role of student while Highfield leads a few of the exercises he uses to strengthen student’s mental processes.

 

 

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GLT's Matthew Cooke and Arick Zeigel demonstrate interleaved training drills.

 

 

Then, it’s lunch time. A nice sandwich spread, a few sides to choose from, dessert. Not bad at all.

After lunch is given time to properly digest, it’s time for the motor learning portion of the program. Like Highfield, Matthew Cooke opens with a brief slide presentation, followed by a Q&A session. Then, it’s back to the range to see the words come to life.

Again, Zeigel plays crash test dummy as he demonstrates how Team GLT and AJ Golf Academy use interleaved training processes to help foster long-term, retainable, transferrable learning in student golfers.

If you say it quickly enough, it sounds like a casual day at the golf club, but the amount of advanced information provided over the roughly six-hour event can overwhelm even the most studious coach if presented in a traditional manner.

Yet, as only the GLT Team can do, the presenters deliver the information in such a casual and informal atmosphere that participants can almost feel as though they’ve been tricked into learning while just having a fun day talking about golf.

The goal of GLT’s golf workshops and seminars is to take scientifically proven, complex information and deliver it in a manner that is easy to understand and even easier to apply. With that goal in mind, I have to declare the May 7, 2018 edition of the GLT Golf workshop and seminar a success.

 

 

 

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