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The only credentials one needs in teaching golf is the smile on the golfers face

I’ve spoken to many teaching professionals, all whom disagree with me, who have accolades from one group or another and one thing stands out. These endorsements are rarely from the common golfer and never from a beginner golfer.

I’ve often invited teaching professionals to come to my forum and debate their knowledge with mine. In 8 years no one has come forth. It could be that they deem me unimportant, it could be they feel my knowledge of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing is less than stellar or it could be many things but it is important to note that no teaching professional is willing to enter into a discussion between what they consider a golf swing is or should be and the simple fact that Joe Norwood designed a golf swing that is universal in nature, that mechanics can lead to feel and that there is one method more consistent which allows the golfer to hit a golf ball straight. I do require any debate to be in writing and this could be an issue also. 

I’ve often posed the challenge to any top professional teacher to compete for one hour and teach someone who has never had a golf club in their hands before and after the hour to see who has gained more knowledge, the teachings of a Top 100 teacher (whom I’ve never seen teach a true beginner) or me the teacher of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing method.

I’ve taught many beginners in the past, don’t teach beginners any more unless they show a commitment to the Joe Norwood Golf Swing by investing $80 and purchasing The Anatomy of Golf and Golf-O-Metrics but when I did take on a “Newbie” it didn’t take long to get them to hit the ball in the air and have some understanding as to how they did it.

The issue came down to my invested time which is why I’ll teach online all day long and shoot videos and talk golf but when it comes to teaching my followers now have to be followers.

I remember Andy coming to me one September day, with his bag of clubs he had just purchased at a golf outlet and said teach me how to play. I told him he should never have invested money into golf clubs as a beginner since he would be changing sets at least 3-4 times which he has. He had this 500cc driver and the pro at the store said he could not miss the ball with it.

I said he was right, you won’t miss the ball with it but that doesn’t mean you’ll get the ball in the air with it and he didn’t for several months

It was September and I told Andy I would take him on (since he was also a very dear friend on mine) but that he was prohibited from playing on any golf course until Spring. He agreed and we met 2-3 times a week at the local range and began his journey.

The following April he played 9 holes for the very first time in his life and his score was 55. He still has that score card today. He topped the ball, he sliced the ball, his short game stunk but still he hit enough good shots and learned enough about what to do (of course I was with him through the entire round giving him instructions) that at the end of the day, his score was as good as the average golfer of today who has played at this game for decades.

Andy stayed in the JNGS stable for a couple of years until he started listening to the golf channel and reading. As Gramp’s would say; Don’t get too good too quick.

Andy summed it up in one sentence. The JNGS is not what teachers teach and he can’t have two masters. He did take one lesson seriously which was to practice his short game a lot.

Andy is in his 60’s and enjoys playing on his home course. His score is somewhere in the mid 80’s and he hopes to break 80 some day and I hope he does. He would talk about teaming up with the young “Buck’s” who hit the ball 300 yards and would laugh it off because at the end of the day, his score was 8-10 strokes better.

I guess Andy was my happiest lesson other than the only lesson I ever gave to my best friend of over 45 years Toby. I’ll talk about that story another day but simply this man listened with such admiration and was at the Studio City Range with Gramps when I gave him this lesson and his very first shot was a 7 iron bullet perfectly hit. It’s a lesson that taught me a lot and a lesson I’ll never forget.

If you can’t break 90 then stop playing golf for six months. Begin a regimen of focused practice not on hitting balls but on how to hit a golf ball. Traveling in time and never breaking 90 does not do justice to your endeavor.

Gramp’s taught until he was 98, I’m 63 so I still have 35 more years of teaching. I would rather teach that play. I never saw Gramp’s hit balls like I do. I missed that part of his life. I learned the greatest golf swing ever conceived from a man who never hit a golf ball beyond 30 yards.

Learn that confidence and you’ll learn a lot about life and golf.

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