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Author: Todd Kolb

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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Being a Coach Is NOT Giving Lessons

10/29/2014 Being a coach, is not giving lessons After spending over 20 years teaching the game of golf, I’ve learned the importance of developing a process for my students. The concept of a process is at the core of my instruction. This is why I have made a commitment to teaching my students in long term programs with a focus based on building skill upon skill that will lead to long term development, not short term quick fixes. My instruction is NOT about giving lessons. Sure, I spend hours upon hours on the lesson tee, working with students on...

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5 Characteristics All Great Golfing Parents Have

10/21/2014 I’ve worked with hundreds of junior golfers. But working with those juniors isn’t the only dynamic in teaching. Relationships with their golfing parents remains largely, one of the most important factors in the development of a junior golfer. I have had fantastic relationships with so many parents and after years of observation, I’ve been able to identify a few interesting characteristics of good parents that are quite common in the parents of some of my most successful juniors. Last week, I highlighted the 5 Characteristics All Great Players Share and dove into what makes golfers successful. Now, let’s talk...

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5 Characteristics That All Great Players Share

10/14/2014 Hi. My name is Todd Kolb. Today, we are talking about that common traits all great players share. After 20-plus years in instruction, I’ve had the chance to work with players of all abilities. The best players–the truly great ones–have universal similarities. And the funny thing is, rarely are any of these similarities in their golf swings! See, I’ve spent hundreds of hours on the lesson tee. The high majority of this time, especially recently, has been centered around the youth and helping motivated junior golfers improve. With every crop of golfers, there are always the naturally gifted players,...

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