Shawn Hester Golf 2012 New England PGA Teacher of the Year
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Make 2013 the year you take your game to the next level
It's important to find a natural motion the player can repeat.
The fewer changes, the better.
My teaching philosophy can be summed up with this phrase, borrowed from my mentor Peter Kostis: "There is no one swing that fits every golfer, but every golfer needs one swing."
Golf swings are like fingerprints, no two are exactly alike. Each player is unique and must be taught accordingly.
I need to understand my student's intentions before I can coach them in a positive direction.
Trust and mutual respect are key ingredients to a successful long-term relationship.
I am not a method teacher.
Create Ball Speed
Grip of the club is slightly in front of the clubhead at impact
Head is behind the ball at impact
Weight is predominantly on the front foot at impact
For a right-handed golfer, there is no lateral motion outside the right foot during the backswing. The right hip turns inside the right foot.
The feet use the ground for resistance and leverage.
The downswing begins from the ground up.
The legs and arms both straighten and lengthen as a critical part of the striking motion. This extension of the legs and arms is a power source.
The clubface should remain square to the swing arc as much as possible. Excessive clubface rotation reduces consistency and solid contact.
"Shawn's vast knowledge and his uncanny ability to interact with his students enables him to get the most out of those he is working with. Through my own experiences, as a PGA tour player, I know that Shawn will get each student to reach his full potential through hard work and great instruction." Fran Quinn PGA Tour
"After having Shawn down to Florida for a couple of days to help me with my swing, I was able to finish 8th in the 2011 PGA Tour Qualifying School."