What to Expect in a Swing Lesson with Jeff Smith

I do NOT have an ideal swing model, and I do NOT try to change student’s swings just so it will look a certain way. I get students to make their best swing based upon their body type and physical conditions which dictates how their body moves the best and can deliver the most power.

The first thing I do with the student is sit down and talk to him about the state of his game, why he is seeking help, what his expectations are, and if he is able and willing to do the things that are necessary to improve enough to meet his goals.  This initial interview helps me determine what motivates the student and how I can best work with him. Then I perform a series of easy to do physical screens which tell me how the person will move the best to produce the easiest, most powerful and repeatable golf swing that will hold up under pressure.

In the full swing and the short game, I concentrate on looking at what the student already does well. Using that as my base, I then think about asking the student to make any adjustments, if necessary.

I do use some teaching aids. I use low tech things like string, shafts, grips, markers, tees, range baskets, putting aids, swing trainers, and swim noodles and golf balls. I use them to demonstrate a feel or a thought or an idea when it is necessary.  

I also use the Foresight Sports GC2/HMT to teach inside my golf studio and to use the Foresight Sports simulator for seeing true ball flight indoors. I use a K-Vest and electronic devices that trace the club and tools to help each student be their best. I do use video with some students. I have a high speed video camera suitable for teaching combined with the Swing View Pro teaching software system to illustrate something in the lesson.

I teach verbally, visually, and kinesthetically.  I give each student homework at the end of the lesson, and I give him or her the lesson goals and homework so that he or she can remember what we worked on together.

Sample Lesson Procedure

Step 1:   Interview with student and physical testing

Step 2:  Assessment of present situation

Step 3:  Instruction, Coaching and Feedback

Step 4:  Homework

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