Make Them Feel Welcome

Such an underrated skill. Although for us it might just be another lesson or another golfer, for them it isn’t just another lesson. This is THE lesson. It may be their first, it may be their 100th whatever it is they are effectively opening themselves up. They are vulnerable. They have someone in close proximity eyeing their every move. Be sensitive to that.

It’s sometimes still shocking to hear,

“Sorry, I’m a bit nervous” or making excuses after poor shots but just remember that their discomfort is high. Of course for us we have seen every type of bad shot there is and we are not there to judge but they may feel that.

So, what to do to make them feel comfortable?

Again, it depends on who you’re working with but for the vast majority of people the best bet is to be empathetic. We know that golf is hard so put that across to them. 

Similarly, most people will feel self-conscious because they feel that what they are doing is “wrong” or abnormal. Let them know that this isn’t the case. When they hit a poor shot just stay on an even keel and let them know in no uncertain terms that you’ve seen a million shots like this, including from you!

Soon they’ll be feeling at ease and you can get on with the nitty gritty of the lesson.

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