I was recently listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast (highly recommend his podcast) and he was asked, “What should you look for when choosing a teacher? ”
The answer was brilliant and I’ve applied it to golf and golf training ‘systems’.
The first thing to look for is: Reliable/Repeatable results. This might go without saying but does the system produce results? And who gets the results? is it just tour pro’s? For golf, the teacher or the system should be able to get results with any type of golfer. As an example, Tour Tempo gets results with beginning golfers all the way thru Tour pro’s.
Ideal trait #2: Do they question the norm? I love this one, because this is how all progress is made. When my dad started to unlock the discovery of Tour Tempo, it took conventional thinking on tempo and flipped it on it’s head. There is a direct relationship between questioning the norm and results: the more it’s questioned, the quicker the better the results. Again, Tour Tempo totally fits that and that is why the results are so dramatic.
The third trait is: Do they Challenge the student? In other words, when you start to work on the new system, is it pushing you beyond your current limits? If the answer is no, then you won’t grow and there will be no lasting improvement. I would add a part ‘b’ to this trait: Does this feel totally different? Again, in the golf analogy, if you go the teacher and nothing feels different, well, by definition, nothing has improved. Tour Tempo really fits the bill on this trait. The first time students try Tour Tempo, it’s difficult for them to: A. keep up with the tones and B. Sync with the tones….. But, if they work at it, then they start to ‘get’ it, and that ‘getting’ it is where the sweet spot is in learning. Also, Tour Tempo really feels different (along with the Tour Tempo training aids) and the most common comment we hear is, “This feels way different, it’s way too fast”. Then about 20 swings later the student is hitting 10-15 yards farther and the tempo is starting to feel better.
So, there you have it, make sure whatever system or teacher you use can answer yes to all 3 of these questions.
His teaching puts an emphasis on the golfer achieving a consistent, PGA Tour-type tempo and maximizing clubhead speed at impact.
He has worked with his father to develop the concepts of Tour Tempo and also has co-patented 4 training aids with his father.
In recent years, he competed in professional long drive events and was able to generate clubhead speeds over 140 mph and ball speeds up to 200 mph, despite only being 6’0″ and 165 lbs. His longest drive in competition is 402 yards.
He has presented the concepts of Tour Tempo all over the world. In 2008 he presented to the PGA of Sweden. Later that year he presented @ the World Golf Fitness Summit. In 2011, he made the trip to Amsterdam where he was part of the PGA of Holland’s coaching summit. He most recently made the trip to Orlando, FL to present at the 2013 PGA of America Teaching & Coaching Summit.
He is certified with the Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Fitness Instructor I, Golf Professional 2, and Golf Biomechanist 2. Also, he is certified with SSC Golf Swing as Level 1 Speed and Power Instructor and Level 2 Spine Engine Instructor.
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