Jon's Coaching Philosophy
Insights from the use of technology can make all the difference
When played well, the game of golf looks so natural. When a Tour player is interviewed (in the highlight reel) they often say something like, “I didn’t have many thoughts today”. Or you might hear them say, “I got into the zone”. These interview soundbites makes high performance sound so easy. For anyone who has tried to play golf for a living, we know the gap between these comments and the reality consistently solid play is a deep, dark chasm. It’s a chasm that is almost impossible to navigate without a guide.
My role as a coach, to players of all abilities, is to help them make the necessary changes in technique to accomplish more than they are capable of alone. I’ll gladly be proven wrong, but in my experience there is no such thing as a “natural golfer”. I will concede that there are people who have developed skills in other sports that crossover to golf.
Most of us (everyone actually) has to be trained to play golf well. No one instinctively understands the geometry or physics required to produce the speed and club alignment to project a ball in the air 300 yards and find a fairway 30 yards wide. The technology available today enables us to understand both the physics and geometry of excellent golf. The speed at which we are acquiring information, learning, confirming and testing new theories has never been faster in the history of golf. Technology, and experts from other disciplines, (yes, actual rocket scientists), are helping coaches and players understand what it takes to produce better golf shots. With applied technology, we no longer have to guess where performance is lagging.
One of the great benefits of studying stats the past few years for me and the players I coach is understanding what is possible. From the data we access from the PGA Tour, we know now how world-class players perform when playing their best, average and worst. We know so much about a player's game, for example we know what percentage they operate on for fairways and greens in regulation, proximity from pitching, proximity from greenside bunkers, what length shot they typically have after a missed green - their percentage make from all length putts and how close they hit their approach putts from the distances that count.
Armed with this information, I can match PGA Tour performance to the performance of the individuals I coach and know where they are lacking and/or where their focus should be when practicing.
Tattersall Golf is designed to be a data-driven support system for the serious golfer. Jon's coaching philosophy has been and will continue to be, understanding the principles of movement, features of club design, geometry and physics to make your golf journey as effective and rewarding as possible!