In addition to working on my swings, my mentor has started to teach me how to put! Although I have lots to still learn, I can definitely feel the physical growth of my golfing skills compared to the first meeting. I can see the increase in distance in my swings, and also the increase in aim. After a quick warm up with my swings, we will start transitioning immediately to the putting field.
The first thing we learnt during the puts is proper form. The number one thing that is most important is to drill the right form into my memory to remove the possibility of bad habits. Firstly I bend the knees slightly and bend my hips closer over the ball. Then with my arms, I let them hang right below me forming a triangle with my arms. To hit the ball, it is important that the arms do not bend at all. One problem I ran into last meeting was the continuing mistake of cocking my wrists. Cocking the wrists will increase the speed and power of the ball, and cause reduction in aim and precision. It is important that when you hit a put, the triangle formation of the arms stays solid and constant.
One interesting concept my mentor taught me was about the lean of the ground. The slightest lean or tilt of the grass will cause a different outcome of the route the ball takes. I have to line up the golf ball with the hole from a far, and determine where the lean is. If there is a hill on the left side and I just hit it straight, the ball will make contact with the hill and move towards the right side. To compensate for this, if there is a slight increase in the height of the left side, I would aim a bit towards the left to use that hill to push the ball towards the right. It is important that I always check the lean of the ground because it is never perfectly flat.
*Note to future self, DO NOT put my golf bag on the green or my mentor will get angry. It is important that any golfer keeps their golf bags on the rough to prevent destroying the land with holes made by the golf stand.
1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why?
The most difficult mentoring challenge so far has been the difference in skill level. Due to the huge level of skill gap and that fact that this lesson is 1 on 1, sometimes I find it hard to relate to someone. Usually when we are taught in a group with similar skill levels, many people beside me would have similar questions and confusions. When I am in a lesson with Scott, although I get more out of a 1 v 1, it is harder to relate to the problem/ confusion and fix it quickly.
2. What is working well? Why?
The communication between my mentor and I have been working extremely well form the first meeting. When he talks I show attentive listening, and when I talk he returns the favor. We each show this respect to the other person to encourage future conversations and also find more enjoyment in the class. A golf lesson is a lot more fun when you are talking to someone rather than doing it alone. He also encourages me to keep asking questions to keep the learning and the talking flowing. In addition to that he is extremely understanding of my unfamiliar to golf and is patient with my questions and struggles. This allows him to stay motivated and energetic throughout each hefty lesson. We also are very comfortable around each other which reduces the awkwardness in his lessons.
3. What could be working better? How can you make sure this happens?
One thing that could be better is the preparation I have for each meeting. Before each meeting ends he tells me what we will be learning next meeting. With this information I can go home and research just the basics of it to reduce the time spent learning the self-manageable things with my mentor. This will definitely increase the effectiveness of each lesson and will allow me to progress further and farther with my mentor.