Q & A with Coach Jamie
What drove you to begin teaching?
Why did you form Giggling Goose Golf Instruction?
How are you different from other golf instructors?
Should I take a private lesson or class?
This depends entirely on your comfort level and what you want to achieve or gain from the lesson.
The advantage of taking a class is that the content is spread over several weeks, so the pace is a little slower and you have time to practice between sessions. Also, the classes are group-based lessons, so you get the opportunity to learn along side others who are at the same level and also learn from watching others. I highly recommend classes for newer players as there can be a lot to learn when starting the game of golf and the shots and movements often times are not intuitive or natural for many players. It may seem intimidating signing up for a class because you won't know the other players or may feel like you aren't good enough to join a class...but rest assured you are not the only one that feels this way. I work hard to create an fun and informal learning environment. We do some partner-based drills and games to keep the pressure off and have some fun.
Individual private lessons are great for players who prefer not to learn in a group setting or who are looking to achieve specific goals at a faster pace. Each lesson will have a primary focus and will progress at the player's pace. Typically, the more practice and playing the player does between lessons, the faster the player will see results. I recommend practicing twice and playing at least 9 holes once or twice between lessons to help solidify the concepts we work on during the lessons.
How should I prepare for my lesson?
What players do you most enjoy teaching?
USGTF Certified Golf Teaching Professional
United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF)
US Kids Golf
Certified Coach - Level 1
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)
TPI Level 1 Certified
NCAA Collegiate Player
4-year NCAA Division II Collegiate Player