A little bit ago, I released a video download detailing the putting assessment I give to new students. This assessment is the same one I use, regardless of skill level, to help me better decide how to prioritize where to begin and why. Similar to what TPI has been doing with a physical screen, I need to see the limitations and skill sets prior to giving any instruction. At the end of this blog, I will offer a special discount code for anyone interested in purchasing this video. There is one video download for players to do on themselves and then one for coaches to walk their players through.
What I didn't expect was the collaboration that has begun because of this assessment. Coaches and players that have purchased the download started writing me about their results and how to interpret them. These discussions and the follow up that ensues has become very enjoyable to work through. I truly love what I do and these putting assessment talks have allowed me to reach more and more players/coaches in a positive way. The other thing these chats have done is to validate or invalidate certain ideas/theories I have had in the correction phase.
In general, I am more of a precision adjuster when it comes to modifying putting strokes, reads or perceptions. I take in way more information than I give out and I try to find the fewest ways needed to positively effect the most areas at once. I recently had the pleasure of spending a couple days with Andreas Kali and some of his Copenhagen academy players in Florida. He watched me go through virtually the exact same assessment with all the players and then noted which way I decided to go after that. For some, they got nearly the exact same lesson because of how the assessment turned out and how I internally prioritize a path for improvement. For others, the assessment generated a deeper conversation than just pointing out specific issues. Like many things in golf, there are multiple solutions to any problem and our job as coach is to collaborate with the player on what solutions work best for them. After those couple days, Andreas mentioned that he thought it would be helpful if I tried to codify my decision tree. I've always struggled with that idea because I never wanted to have my decisions made in advance before I see the data in front of me. But, as I go through these collaboration groups, it is becoming clear that it should be a task I undertake.
Lastly, I want to invite any coaches that have already purchased the assessment video to feel free to contact me if any questions arise. I like hearing each persons special situations and then working to solve the area for the coach and player alike. Easiest way to reach me is through social media. Contact me on twitter and Instagram with the tag @johngrahamgolf.
Look forward to hearing from you and here's that discount code: type in assessment when checking out to receive $10.00 off. The code will be entered at the very end. Be patient and wait for it to be asked for. Both videos are very similar so no need to purchase both.