I recently received an email from an elite golfer asking some great questions about our Tour Bridging Program so I thought I'd share our reply.
Thank you for your questions about our program. In simple terms our TB program is built upon 4 simple guiding principles.
You will start by being thoroughly assessed in every department of your game over the first 2 weeks of the program from putting skills to golf course skills.
After your 2 week assessment our practice framework for the next 8 weeks covers all the golf skills that you need to practice, and we will work with you on upgrading your weakest-most important golf skills.
So from week 3 to week 6 you will be working in a technique development phase for 70 percent of your week, and the rest of the time in a targeting phase.
From week 7 to week 10 you will be in the targeting phase of development for 70 percent of the week, and for 30 percent of the time managing your technique.
Keep in mind that this is dependent on where you are technically with the different skills that make up your game, and more importantly how much influence they have on your high score average.
This will decided by you, David and me after you complete the first 2 weeks of assessment.
Yes you're right, we don't take lunch breaks, because you don't take lunch breaks when you play on a golf course. You are on the golf course for at least 5 hours so we have mini breaks where you can stop and drink and eat as you feel the need.
Golf course day is coaching and observation by David and myself. We watch you play and compete and from this information we will help you to play better.
Our golf course lessons are always based on how we observe you playing.
Remember our whole focus is on lowering your competitive score average.
After training each day our students go back to their respective courses (some are members at Joondalup Golf Course) to play holes, or go to the gym or take a break.
There is a good gym within an easy 10 minute drive of our facility.
Our training is intensive, and it's very focused on improving your skills to improve you score, and each golfer has a different map for getting there.
So even though our day to day practice framework is consistent (there is variation), what you do within it is completely geared towards your needs.
Our part time program is only for students who have attended our program full-time for 10 weeks previously. And many of those students now are working part time to fund their ongoing training and we allow them continued access to the program around their work hours.
The other part time students are our tour players who come in and out based on their playing schedules and they're members of our Tour Player Program.
The bottom line of our program is that you will know how to work on your game the right way after completing 10 weeks in our program.
After completing our 10 week training it will completely change the way you think about golf as an elite golfer and probably the most important part of our program is the mental/emotional support you receive where you learn the mind-set required to reach the top of the amateur or pro game.
You will receive continued support when you go home, and you will be able to come back for shorter periods of 4 weeks for follow - up instruction in our program.
This is how you become eligible for part - time training in our program in the future.
We train very differently (believe me) to what you have been exposed to.
You are not getting golf lessons and paying by the hour, or paying for a program of lessons with lots of time on your own.
We simply don't work that way.
You are supervised for 25 hours of training in our program each week.
You are getting training to become tougher mentally and emotionally, whilst at the same time upgrading your critical to success golf skills, because our primary goal is to help you to reach your goal of becoming a top level golfer.
I have no hesitation is saying that it will be the best thing you have done for your golf, not to mention for you.
But be prepared to practice like you never have before.
5 hours a day each week in our program for 10 weeks is greater than a years practice taking lessons and trying to figure it out for yourself.
Lawrie Montague and David Milne - Pro Tour Golf College