Coach John talks about his private coaching experience with CoachUp.
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Victoria: I'm Victoria B., with the CoachUp team here at the Bolton International. We're here with the Green Fund Tournament. The tournament is investors vs. entrepreneurs and one of our golf coaches, John, has come out to give some helpful tips to Jordan, our co-founder and CEO and some of the other golfers participating today. Now you've had some experience with a team, you led Acton-Boxboro?
Coach John: Yeah the Acton-Boxboro team, I've been the coach there since '99, and we've got a very good program.
Victoria: And you do a lot of private coaching, not only with just high schoolers, but adults as well.
John: That's right, and some of my clients, I've had clients from the New England Patriots, and the Boston Red Sox.
Victoria: You've mentioned that the way you coach adults is a little bit different than with the youngsters. What's your approach with teaching a young lad a lesson? What's your signature mark?
John: Keep it simple, and make sure that they have fun and minimize the amount of technical stuff, you might say. I've had kids as young as 7 and 8, and I just want them to get ready over the ball and pretty much let them hit it without talking about weight shift, and hit down on the ball and make sure you finish focused. As long as you let them hit the ball and have fun, you want them to cultivate an interest in the game and enjoy it. Cause if they don't enjoy it, it doesn't matter if they're technically solid, they're not gonna play. The adults, they're much more interested in "I gotta beat my buddy on Saturday, so fix this."
Victoria: So, we're talking a lot about golf, I may have read on your coach profile that you dabbled in other sports. Did you pitch at some point?
John: Yeah, I went to Tufts University and I pitched varsity ball there for three years, then I played semi-pro ball for about 13 years in the Boston Park League, the intercity league and when I was in my late teens/early twenties I was gonna have a pro career, but there came a point in time where I couldn't get hitters out anymore, and that's when I decided to play golf more regularly.
Victoria: Fantastic, well our coaches are full of fun facts and I'm glad we got to spend some time and got to know you better. Thank you for coming out and showing us some of your tips, and your coaching techniques. It's been really helpful. This has been a coach spotlight, from the CoachUp team. Thanks so much for joining us.