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Golf Performance Center Student Makes Second Hole-in-One!

A golf student from Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center recently made his second hole-in-one during Andrews High School team practice.

Two solid golf shots were hit by players on the 3rd hole at Cherry Hill Country Club in Andrews, SC but it was 14-year-old Robert Higbe IV who found his ball at the bottom of the cup.

“I couldn’t find my ball, I hit it good and over the tree-line, but I didn’t see it anywhere,” Higbe said. “When Christian walked up to the hole, my ball was in the hole.”

The 9th grader has also been an active member of the First Tee Program; Andrews High School Coach Poston expects great things from the young Higbe.

Dale Ketola, Golf Performance Center’s Director of Instruction and Clubfitting said about his student,

“Robert is a great young player with tons of power for his size. Currently, we are working on attacking the ball from a more shallow angle and more from the inside.”

From the results of his lessons with Ketola, it looks as if Higbe has been paying attention in class!

Read more about the Andrews High School Golf Player from South Carolina.

Contact Dale Ketola to schedule a private lesson and check out a few of the Instruction Programs offered by Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center.

What Makes Good Golf Teaching Professionals Successful?

Dale Ketola Golf Teaching Professionals Seminar at Grande Dunes

At a recent seminar for teaching professionals, Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center‘s Director of Instruction and Club Fitting, Dale Ketola, discussed ways in which good golf teaching professionals can become more successful in his or her chosen field.

“You have to build a relationship with the student, ask questions, find out why he or she wants to improve and make a plan showing how it’s going to happen,” said Ketola. “And, have the golfer bring a notebook to write down lessons so he or she can refer to the lesson on the driving range or at home.

Make it easy for students to learn and want to continue their relationship with you,” advised Ketola.

Dale also offered business tips such as how a teaching professional can better understand a student’s learning curve, how to overcome barriers, when and how to use video during instruction,¬† and how to determine whether or not a student needs new clubs or a swing adjustment.

The most compelling part of the seminar examined common mistakes made by instructors when trying to start a business and how to look at a business in a completely different way.

Dale suggested that advertising methods should focus more on the “why” and not the “what”, drawing inspiration from Ted Talk speaker, Simon Sinek, about how great leaders inspire action.

Following the model of the “golden circle” and starting¬†with “why” your business exists, then following with “how” your business fulfills its core belief and then finally discussing “what” your business does, can help teaching professionals to gain a following.

People don’t necessarily buy what you do – they buy your passion and will align themselves with your core values…powerful stuff!

Dale will be holding another teaching seminar for professional instructors – future dates are being arranged. If you would like Dale to speak at your next business conference, contact him through this grandedunesgolfperformance.com website.

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