The Critical Path in Coaching

Having been in the planning stages for quite some time now the England Coaches this week embarked on the PDS Coach development course with Mark Bennett. With a background in the Special Forces and extensive experience from helping people perform better Mark’s coaching course is all about the ‘soft skills’ of coaching. I think we generally speaking have great technical coaches in golf. Most of them are also very experienced in the game as a whole and can spot improvement areas in players by watching only a few holes of play. The challenge though for most coaches, no matter what field we are talking about, is to get the pupil to understand what needs to be done in order to follow the critical path towards their goal. How often have we not had players that say they want to reach a specific goal, we know what needs to be done, we think the player know what needs to be done, but the player is not doing it. In fairness, some of us might even have personal experience of knowing what we want, what we need to do to get there – but we are not doing it…

The skill of a great coach is to constantly communicate, remind, test the will and the understanding of the pupil in order to get him or her from A to B. That is what a coach does. Move people from one plac e to another.

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