My teaching and playing philosophy has always been guided by the KISS system; Keep It Simple Stupid!
Certainly the many years spent with my father, also a PGA Professional and the personal experiences as the Head Golf Professional of the Pinehurst Country Club and then Director of Golf of the Innisbrook Resort afforded me the opportunity to develop the foundation of my teaching philosophy.
However, it is from the pleasure and privilege of knowing and sharing time, information and ideas with such great players and teachers like Mike Souchak, Sam Sneed, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Bob Toski, Julius Boros, Curtis Strange, John Huston, Gary Koch, Jan Stephenson, Dale Eggling, Lou Miller, Jim Flick and Gary Wiren, plus the thousands of amateurs I have taught, my unique philosophies of teaching and playing the game were formulated and developed.
Basically I believe that:
- Golf should and needs to be fun and enjoyable.
- There can be a correct and different swing for each individual and when practiced and developed correctly, it can become repetitive and successful for that individual.
- Practice and swing drills are the key to golf success, however, practice does not make perfect! Perfect practice makes perfect and permanent. There needs to be a commitment to improvement.
- The mental aspect of Golf is as vital to learning and developing your game as the physical preparation.
- The learning process and teaching process can best be learned and enhanced by the demonstration and understanding of what the best players do best and do most in common.
- Golf needs to be taught and absorbed in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Golf instruction should be balanced between the practice tee and on course experience.
- Most importantly, neither you nor I should be focused on band-aid quick fixes or totally rebuilding your swing. We should together be focused on the fundamentals of the swing, ball flights and getting the most out of your current abilities while always keeping an eye on future improvement.
I approach each student focused on the fundamentals of the golf swing and the game of golf, while recognizing individual abilities, objectives, experiences, and personalities! The key to a successful learning experience is the comfort and communication developed between student and teacher. I look forward to sharing that experience and the CORALES golf experience with you!