Student-Instructors Offer Free Golf LessonsAccording to a Buddhist proverb, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Well, if you’re ready to elevate your golf game and you live anywhere near Temecula, you will find your teacher conveniently appearing every Thursday at The Legends Golf Club.
The Legends Golf Club is the sister site of the Professional Golfers Career College, the nation’s leading two-year accredited golf college. In fact, in order to earn a specialized Associate’s degree in Professional Golf Management, students must complete four courses dedicated solely to the instruction of golf. Every Thursday seniors gather at the Legends Golf Club to put their skills and study into practice, shaping and refining golf swings for their Techniques of Golf Teaching IV class. They, not to mention their students, could not be happier.
Take Glynn Rodgers, for example. A December 2012 golf college graduate, Rodgers taught a diverse group of 4 or 5 students, all of whom had different needs and areas of focus. Rodgers reveals, “My approach to training a new student is to find out where they are and where they want to be. Then I concentrate on the fundamentals. Most importantly, I try to make it fun!”
Rodgers, a recent retiree from the U.S. Navy, got into golf with the help of his dad when he was only four years old. Not long after that he began playing in junior tournaments and eventually his high school golf team. Rodgers shares, “I came to PGCC after retiring from the U.S. Navy...22 years of service. I've been a club-level golfer most of my life. I even worked as an Assistant Golf Professional for a year after graduating from high school... that was a long time ago!!!” Through all the years that have passed since then Glynn maintained a love for the game, and for teaching. Rodgers continues, “I really get a thrill out of seeing someone make a connection with what I'm trying to get them to do. I love the challenge, and I take seriously the trust a person places in me to help them improve.”
The golf swing is a notoriously challenging skill to master, and no two people go about it exactly the same way. Versatility and clear communication are key ingredients to successful progress. To Rodgers, a great instructor is somebody who can see their student’s vision, and be very forthcoming about what kind of work the student will need to put in. According to Rodgers, “A great instructor will really take time to ask questions, find out what the student wants to accomplish, and be honest about what it will take in terms of commitment to practice and instruction.” So what is Rodgers’ number one instruction no-no? “Don't just sell lessons; develop a program that will help your student reach their goals.” This is a lesson he learned from his Techniques of Golf Teaching course at the golf college. Techniques instructor Nick Bland shared some sage advice that really stuck with Rodgers, “Tailor your lessons to the student; there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ in golf.”
According to Rodgers, Bland, who is also the Head Golf Professional at The Legends Golf Club, is big on the basics. “Basically, Nick stresses developing rapport with students, managing their expectations, and not using too much technical jargon... just keep it simple.” While keeping it simple can be a tall order in this game, there are definitely students who defy their instructor’s beliefs about how to hit a golf ball. “I currently have a ten year old student who can hit the ball like Happy Gilmore, with great hand-eye coordination. It cracks me and others up to watch!”
If you're interested in taking free golf lessons every Thursday, contact The Legends Golf Club at 951-694-9998 to reserve your spot today!