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Author: Todd Kolb

The 5 Keys to Great Coaching

02/14/2016 Having worked with athletes for so long, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the keys to becoming a good coach. In early February, I wrote on one of the keys that I thought was absolutely imperative. I’ve also talked at lengths about the pursuit of the perfect golf coach. It’s important to find a coach that fits your golf game. My belief is that there are five components to effective coaching. #1: “Let the athlete Know You Care” The first of these is what I have come to refer to as “The Golden Rule,” and it...

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Teaching With Technology: Understanding Distances With Flightscope

02/08/2016 Many golfers are familiar with the idea of using technology to analyze their golf swing in order to improve their game. But recording your golf swing using technology, like FlightScope, can assist you in other ways, namely by helping you determine what we will call the two Ds of your swing: the distance your ball is likely to travel, and the deviation, or how far to the right or the left of the target, that you tend to land the ball. Distance: Knowing the distance you hit each club will be a valuable tool to help you shave points...

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The Responsibility of Coaching and the “Key” Element

02/03/2016 ‘Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.’ This familiar turn of phrase haunts coaches and teachers alike, suggesting that the ability to instruct is less important than the ability to perform. However, I have learned firsthand that the opposite is true: the greatest gift an athlete can give is their ability to coach. And coaching comes with substantial responsibility. To sum up the impact a coach can have on an athlete would be too great an undertaking, so I will instead focus on one single aspect of the coach’s responsibility: awareness. Throughout my years as a golf...

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For the Student and Teacher, Repetition is the Key– “One Unit”

10/28/2015 Parents who are considering enrolling their kids in our academy often ask me what separates good players from great players? My answer, “The ability to do the mundane boring fundamental tasks day after day.” Yes, the discipline to stay on track and repeat simple tasks is the true separator between good and great. This is true for the athlete and also the coach. Let me share a story with you to explain. Earlier this spring, I was spending a few days with one of my long-time players working on a variety of aspects in her game before she...

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3 Concepts from Dr. Kwon’s Biomechanics that Improved My Teaching

10/14/2015 If you are a frequent visitor to USGolfTV you may have come across my last article where I shared my experience taking Dr. Kwon’s Golf Instructor Biomechanics Level 1 class.  In case you haven’t, here’s a link in this tweet: We need to "to challenge the status quo," in golf instruction– @toddkolbgolfhttp://t.co/ukvNMIWe40 pic.twitter.com/iu4MS7aea7 — USGolfTV (@usgolftv) September 29, 2015 The focus of the article was to help my fellow golfers realize that in many ways previous golf instruction concepts were based on personal opinions and rarely did those opinions have any scientific data to validate the message. In...

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My Two Days with Dr. Kwon– Golf Biomechanics

09/28/2015 As a golf instructor for more than 20 years, I have witnessed a variety of changes in our overall understanding of the golf swing.  Many of the beliefs we once thought to be cornerstones of a fundamental golf swing just a few years ago, have proven to simply not be true.  The most evident of this change and new understanding is in the basic ball flight laws which we now know, were taught incorrectly for years. This is a great video explaining that by Joseph Mayo and Waite Mayo Golf: So when considering the fact that golf instruction is...

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Remove the Emotion from Golf

07/31/2015 One of the things I find interesting about golf is the endless supply of emotional highs and lows it can provide on a daily basis. In 35 years of playing and teaching the game, I have never come across a sport that can make you feel like a PGA Tour champion one moment and within the time it take to hit one shot send you into a spiral of despair and anger. Yes, we all know too well how quickly things change on the golf course. As a golf coach I have a delicate balance when working with...

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Tiger Woods’ New Swing Under Chris Como, His Improved Shaft Lean

12/05/2014 This week we are getting our first look at Tiger and the status of his game under the guidance of new coach Chris Como. Needless to say the return of Tiger not only has the average golf fan interested, but my fellow golf instructors as well. Over the last 3+ years I have had the pleasure of following some of Chris Como’s work from a distance and attending a golf forum where he was a keynote presenter. Even at a relatively young age compared to many of his peers, there is no question Chris has a great understanding...

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3 Elements to Picking the Correct Golf Instructor For Your Game

11/13/2014 When looking at finding the correct golf instructor to help you with your game, there are important factors to consider–especially given the nature of modern golf instruction. The correct instructor can help set the path for success in your game or lead to ongoing frustration and disappointment.  Trust me when I say there are MANY great teacher out there, you just need to know what to look for so you can make a good educated decision. Here are 3 factors to consider when finding the correct golf instructor. 1) Find an instructor who teaches often There are many...

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3 Things Every Girls Junior Golfer Needs to Know

11/06/2014 As an instructor, I’ve coached all types of golfers. I’ve coached the old and young, the tall and short, the high-handicaps and low handicaps and so much more. In recent years I’ve focus on developing the junior golfer and have noticed some key components to becoming a top female player. Through observing the strengths and weaknesses of my top female students, I’ve been able to pinpoint some absolutes in their instruction and development. Therefore, when it comes to girls junior golf, here are some great focus points for improvement! 1. Must Maximize Distance Maximization of distance is critical for...

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