We will be offering new students the opportunity to take part in an assessment process to help them reach their golfing goals. Our assessment is based on skill acquisition and will analyze each part of your golf game, from your equipment, swing, short game and putting. What we are looking for are the pieces of your game that cost you the most strokes on the golf course. Once we identify those skills, we will come up with an organized plan to help improve not only technique but also how to practice properly.
What to Wear: Saratoga National’s Dress Code is “country club casual.” Jeans, Jean cut-offs and T-Shirts are not permitted. I prefer that your shirt be tucked in and you are wearing something comfortable. I do ask that you wear exactly what you would wear when playing golf on that day, including shoes, as we will be evaluating those as well.
Where to Go: When first visiting Saratoga National for a Lesson, please drop your clubs off at the bag drop and indicate that you have a lesson with Anders at x time. They will then direct you into the locker room where you can change your shoes, and then into the golf shop to check in. I will most likely either be in the shop or on the range, and any or all personnel will be glad to direct you on where to go.
What to Bring: Bring your entire set of clubs, including any clubs you are “testing.” Also bring any gadgets, training tools, and a notebook. Also, the most important thing to bring: Questions! If there is something puzzling about the game, or about a swing technique you’ve seen, please ask, and if I don’t have an answer right away, I will find one for you.
Saratoga National’s mission statement ends with two words: “Have Fun”. This phrase is not only relevant on the golf course, it extends out to the teaching tee as well. The reason that people play golf is to relax, compete, get away, get better and most importantly have fun. I take that very seriously in my lessons as well, because if you don’t improve, neither of us will have as much fun.
The main premise behind my teaching is skill acquisition. For first time students, we will look to identify the “low-hanging fruit” in which we can most easily and quickly improve. The five skills that we analyze are: Tee-shots, Long Approach Shots, Short Approach Shots, Short Game and Putting. When we can assess those skills, it will be evident which particular skill can help lower scores immediately.
I recommend that all of my first time students spend at least the 1.5 hours with me so we can properly evaluate all aspects of their game. It is important for me to get a feel of strengths, weaknesses, and gather as much data as I can in order to ensure proper instruction.
With the multi-hour lessons, I am able to get a bit more in depth with the student’s golf game vs. a golf swing. Golf Swings are hard to change, but golf games are often times easily improved with better technique combined with a better mindset.
TPI physical screens are available for all golfers in any lessons. The screen will consist of 12 tests that are fairly stress free. These tests will help me evaluate whether or not a player can get their body into certain positions. This is very important in teaching as often times students are physically unable to perform certain motions, therefore will never be able to grasp the teacher’s changes. I prefer to screen most of my students so we can efficiently learn to swing the best possible way the person is able to. Please indicate when taking a lesson if you would or would not like a full TPI Physical Screen
If you have any questions on any of the programs, or would like to design your own, please feel free to email me. firstname.lastname@example.org