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The process golf instructors use to give lessons needs major improvements.
So does the process students use to take, practice and apply them.

My extensive field research reveals this. As a behavior-change expert, I designed a new process Behavioral Golf Instruction. It measurably and sharply improves instruction results. Results from all instruction sources will improve rather from private lessons (the best), golf instruction books, video, TV, Cable, web sites, tips from friends, observations of better players or self-experiments.

Quick Summary:
  • The students lower their average score. Instructors make more money.
  • All golfers and instructors should learn and apply this new process.
  • My web site ApplyGolfLessons.com tells and shows you what the process is.
  • You pay no charges. You view no ads.
  • I need your help in spreading this message to friends worldwide.

Welcome to golfers worldwide — stars, average players, beginners and those who quit playing golf believing the game was too tough. And welcome to professional golf instructors everywhere in the world -in the PGA of America, the LPGA, the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland, the European PGA, the PGA in Australia, the New Zealand Golf Assoc. and the 25,000 plus instructors in the USGTF.

The golf industry studies how professional golfers, golf clubs and golf balls perform as scientifically as engineers study how jet planes fly. However, when it comes to giving, taking, practicing and applying golf instruction, my studies reveal the need for a major overhaul. Too often instruction is like traveling in a covered wagon.


What is the good news? You can easily learn and apply Behavioral Golf Instruction, a process I designed to measurably improve the process of giving instruction and the process of taking, practicing and applying it. My objectives for Behavioral Golf Instruction are listed below. These objectives are like five consecutive tough pin positions on a tough course. However, I take dead, solid, perfect aim at helping instructors give the lesson and assisting students in taking, practicing and applying the lesson.

The objectives of Behavioral Golf Instruction are to:
Lower the golf student’s average score.
Measurably improve performance in the subject area of the lesson(s).
Improve all golfers who use the complete process correctly.
Achieve the improvement quickly, without the downturn instructors often predict.
Sustain the improvement long term.

Yes, these are ideal objectives. But we chose them as our flagsticks. We chained backwards from those tough objectives to design the steps in the process that will produce those five results. If you use all of the steps in this process and do so accurately, you will achieve these results above. Annika Sorenstam believes it is possible to shoot 18 birdies in a round, and was the first to shoot a 59 in an LPGA event. Our philosophy exactly.


I am an expert in changing human behavior and its outputs on a measurable basis in large organizations and in golfers and golf instructors. Here are some of the opportunities for improvement I found in my extensive research on golf instruction and its application by golfers. There are opportunities to improve in almost all lessons given in person or through other media. In many cases, the opportunities are substantial.

Most students who take instruction do not lower their average score. If they do, they often go through a prolonged period of decline. By a probability of five to one, the lesson is on a part of the game with a lower payoff. On 95% of the lessons, no one collects and records any performance data before, during or after instruction. As early as the end of the lesson, the student does not recall 50% to 90% of the lesson. The student attempts a swing change on full shots by immediately swinging the clubhead from the top of the swing to impact at 20 times faster than a Ferrari can accelerate. That is correct — 20 times faster, which is much too fast for learning a swing change.

Because the instructors rarely suggest self-correcting feedback systems, the students often cannot apply the lesson content and sustain performance when the instructor is absent. Only 10% of the golfers can apply ball flight laws accurately to determine where the clubhead path and clubface direction were on each of their last five full shots. The immediate consequences of making many swing changes are discussion of a long-term maintenance system.


ApplyGolfLessons.com tells and shows you what Behavioral Golf Instruction is and how to apply it successfully to lower average score.
There is no charge for reading or downloading any of this material. There are no banner ads to read and nothing to buy. The information presented on this website is given freely for the good of the game.

Here is what we already have on this web site or what we are about to put on it very soon:

How to correct the lack of measurement before, during and after most lessons. Click on “Recording Forms” on the home page to view 16 or more different recording forms and an explanation of why you should use it and how.
Click on “Blank Forms” to download and print an unlimited number of copies of the forms.
Click on “Booklet” and view, download or copy a booklet on How to Measure and Record Golf Performance.” You can read it in less time than it takes you to play three holes of golf under par.
Click on “Ebook” and read the Preface for an overview of Behavioral Golf Instruction. More chapters follow.
You can click on “Video” and you will soon be able to see and hear a video presentation on Behavioral Golf Instruction in Powerpoint format. It tells you the biggest problems in golf instruction and our successful solutions. Choose any one or more of five sections, or the total presentation.
Click on Written Solutions to view, download and copy solutions to many widespread problems golfers have. For example, students often do not know what to say and do that produces a better lesson from an instructor. Read our “Empowerment” article on the questions to ask, the statements to make and the actions students should take before, during and after the lesson.
Unknowingly, golfers often aim and align in directions and at distances from the target that often stuns them when they obtain accurate feedback. Click on Written Solutions and then on Aim and Alignment to give you solutions that corrects that for a playing career.
The ball flight of most golfers is erratic and they do not know the cause of it. Click on Written Solutions and then on Correct My Shots from Going There.
Click on Video to observe lessons using the Behavioral Golf Instruction process.

Later, I will add much more to this web site on other topics. Do study and apply these concepts. Please email me with your reactions, results, questions and suggestions. Then talk to as many golfers and instructors as you can about these ideas and email them a copy directly from our web site.

To tell me of your successes, to ask questions or obtain help:
email: edfeeney@applygolflessons.com


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