Golf Coaching Certifications - What should coaches be learning?
There are hundreds of golf coaching certifications about how to move the golf club, but very few on how golfers can actually learn these movements in a way that makes them stick!
At GLT we encourage the golf world to contiunue their obsession with the mechanics of the golf swing, it can help players shhot lower scores. But we encourage that coaches become equally obsessed with 'HOW' a golfer can learn these movements in the most effective way.
Coaching Praxis - an online certification written by Dr David Grecic, Dr Robert Neal and Brendan Ryan can help you with this.
The way a young golfer is coached can be either detrimental or beneficial to their development. Linear Pedagogy is a popular method golf coaches have been using which can be compared to a one size fits all method of coaching. This coaching tends to be repetitive and assumes every drill is adequate for every golfer.
The Golf Coaching Excellence course stresses the use of a Nonlinear Pedagogy method of coaching. Nonlinear Pedagogy is the most effective way of getting the best out of any golfer. This coaching style adapts to the skill level and needs of each individual golfer. This allows the individual to understand develop their game at their own pace. Coaches can benefit as well by clearly being able to see whether their coaching methods are working or not. By figuring out what training methods or drills work or do not work, a coach will be able to create an even more tailored program for their students.
Long Term Athletic Development or LTAD for short is a framework for an ideal training, competition and recovery schedule for every stage of athletic development. We stress that every golf coach use this model with their athletes. Those who follow the LTAD model are more likely to reach their full potential than those who do not. It is important that there are specific training programs designed around every stage of the LTAD model so that the athlete learns the appropriate skills for a specific stage to promote steady growth.
The self-regulating process is an important part of a golfer’s development and performance on the course. A seasoned golfer is aware of their mental and physical state and how they affect performance, which they can use to put themselves back in the right mindset. The right coaching will help instill this in golfers and allow it to happen subconsciously.