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Teaching Philosophy

Instruction Based on Preparation and Progressive Learning

Tim Mahoney's teaching philosophy was honed while instructing alongside many of the greatest teachers in golf including: Chuck Cook, Jim Flick, Hank Johnson, Peter Kostis, Davis Love, Jr., Paul Runyan and Bob Toski. Tim's unwavering commitment to his student's improvement—both professional tour players and amateurs of all levels—becomes obvious during the first lesson. It is this passion for his student's success that has driven Tim to become one of the game's top instructors.

Preparation is THE Key To Success
The majority of swing errors are the result of an incorrect pre-swing fundamental: Grip, posture, ball position, aim, mind-set and tension level. These pre-swing keys have a direct relationship with the in-swing motion. The grip controls the clubface and release through impact. Ball position controls the swing path. Posture controls the body's pivot. Aim controls the sequence during the swing. Mind-set controls the ability to adjust. And, the body's tension level controls the ability to swing the club without interference. Fortunately all of these fundamentals can be improved and adjusted before the swing even begins.

A Non-Method Approach
Tim has no one method of teaching the golf swing. Each student is an individual, and has differing abilities to learn and progress. The emphasis is on understanding the student and assisting with the learning of their ideal golf swing. To facilitate this learning, Tim establishes a perfect set-up position and then works to perfect a swing-shape that compliments the student's body type and time commitment for practicing the preferred swing.

Progressive Learning
All golfers have one major flaw in their swing and Tim will diagnose and correct the cause of the flaw, not its effects. Tim believes that the student must first understand the flaw and then progressive learning techniques can be utilized to transfer the student toward their ideal golf swing.

Solid Contact
Manufacturers design clubs to swing on a pre-determined angle. During the entire swing, the club shaft should be either parallel to or pointing at the target line to assure this proper angle at impact. Swinging the club on the correct angle, or plane, will guarantee solid contact and maximum consistency.

Distance
Distance is the effect of clubhead speed and solid contact. Clubhead speed is the result of wrist hinge, arm swing and body pivot. Golfers must utilize a blending of all three power sources to maximize distance and Tim works with each student to unlock their maximum power production.
 
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