Yep…those of us who hold some sort of PGA of America credential must meet a minimum number of education and service hours during a given period. To that end, going to seminars is a way to earn credits. Does anyone in any profession really want to go to a seminar? I know I sure don’t. Especially when travel, hotel, food, etc. is on my own dime.
But…I always lean another new thing – something I’ve never heard before; something that makes sense; something exciting; something inspirational and motivating.
Bob Madsen, one of the world’s most renowned professional golf instructors was teaching us teachers more about how to teach. When he was discussing a lesson HE was taking from another pretty famous dude, Bob was telling us how he was asking his instructor question after question – and then even more questions – about every detail he could think of. The instructor apparently became a bit un-nerved at the barrage of questions, leaned into Bob’s Personal Space, and said:
“If you wanna’ just do parts and pieces let’s go chop a chicken!”
Bob, like myself, wants players to be more attuned to the “WHOLE” picture, the whole feeling, the WHOLE sensation. Only by understanding the WHOLE can you understand a PART of it. By clearly understanding a part – AS IT RELATES TO THE WHOLE – you will be able to make sense of the mechanics that truly matter.
A lot of my time is spent “un-teaching” players. Most players are over-taught and most instructors over-teach. There is no TRUE NEED to know most of the stuff that I hear – whether it’s from players or fellow teachers. But hearing a cool thing at a seminar is a different story. Let’s never stop learning. Something to think about.