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Is performance coaching for you? Patrick McGuire explains the best way to get better faster.

pateditPerformance Coaching vs Traditional Coaching vs “Quick Fix” Coaching

Traditional Coaching generally focuses on the mechanical causes and effects of a player’s shots, good or bad, and works for many players.  This style of coaching usually requires more time and repetition for players to gain confidence and improve. This style of coaching is a core belief, and will always be a part of our profession, and has produced results and multiple champions at every level of golf.  Lessons are often hourly based, and cover multiple criteria per session.

“Quick Fix” Coaching – Often, players who are working on the “effect”, vice the true “cause” of a shot, seek the “Quick Fix”, quick tip, or band-aid to solve their issue.  Tips such as “keep your head still,” “slow down,” “take it inside or outside,” and/or “you’re coming over the top” type discussions are designed to help a player feel better at that time, and “might” work for a short period of time, but generally do not get at the root cause of the real problem…a problem that is sure to re-appear. No real, long-term improvement comes from this style of learning or coaching, however a player may pick up awareness, which is certainly critical for improvement.  I believe this type learning and coaching is a great way to identify beliefs a player may possess.  Beliefs, however, can be useful, or very detrimental to their games.  This style of learning generally lacks structure and covers multiple things at once.

Performance Coaching specifically measures results from golf swings & shots, good or bad, and focuses more on how the brain interrupts what is physically happening.  It is process, mental and mechanics combined, which truly helps the player and coach get on the same page faster with respect to the “true cause” of an issue and the player’s belief system – the system most critical to execution and performance.  Performance Coaching uses the best from each style of coaching without being limited to positions or patterns to create awareness or change.  Lessons are more varied in length depending on the student and move quickly from learning to application.  This style of coaching focuses on a single issue at a time, to improve quickly and effectively.

I have designed several programs that focus on key performance factors and how to coach and learn faster.  The “Find Your Number” program is the first public offering of our performance programs.  My goal is to get people better and smarter about their game without taking years.  Through assessment, we assign a player a Number for their individual skills that more accurately reflect their current capability, as well as their potential for improvement.


Click here to learn more about Find Your Number.

RGA Director Patrick McGuire Launches New Performance Programs for 2017!

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As the Director of Instruction and Founder of Raspberry Golf Academy, I can't believe how lucky we are to work with such great people and enjoy the success of our efforts through student results.   2016 was a great year for us and our students. 

We are working hard and looking forward to an exciting 2017.  We have new performance programs that will improve our student results and show off our coaches’ abilities.

Our new 2017 performance programs will be the talk of the town.  These programs are not for everyone.  They are for people who may have struggled with traditional coaching or reached a plateau in their game.  We have finally created a platform to see quantifiable gains in skill and performance. 

If you want to get better and gain results every lesson, stay tuned for our new programs.  Our first release will begin with the FIND YOUR NUMBER program.

We want to provide the best environment for our students and coaches to learn and improve.  It's what drives me.  I look forward to watching the success and stories of the year to come.

Director / Founder 

Patrick McGuire  

It' never too late to play better - 78 year old Susan Firth Shoots Her Age and Her Lowest Round

With the lofty goal of shooting her age in the back of her mind, Raspberry Golf Academy student Susan Firth dropped a lengthy birdie putt from off the green on the 18th hole at Brambleton Golf Club to fire a 78, which just so happens to be her age.

The England native has been playing golf since she was in her 20s but took a long break in the middle part of her life. She made the return to the game and began taking lessons from instructor Lisa Deel at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club about five years to prove to herself that she could still get better at any age. She has improved from a 15 handicap to an 11 and is trending down currently.

It was on Tuesday, Oct. 25, that Susan knocked in that birdie putt to match her age of 78, despite shooting a 42 on the front nine. It was certainly a clutch back nine performance to not only match her age, but to shoot her career low round.

“I thought if I made par on 18 I would shoot 79, and that would be okay,” Susan said, “but luckily I birdied 18 from putting in from off the green, so that was quite a surprise and a very pleasant one.”

Riding the confidence from that round, she improved her career low by three shots as she fired a 75 on Thursday, Nov. 3, also at Brambleton. After a 37 on the front, she overcame a double bogey on the 10th hole to shoot 38 on the back. She finished her round with a six-foot par putt on the par-5 18th.

“I was hitting the ball really well and I was putting really well,” Susan said. “After the double I came back and had a string of pars, and then on the last hole I had a poor drive, but I was just short of the green in three and I chipped on six feet from the pin and made the putt for par.”

This level of success did not come out of nowhere, however, as she recently won the 2015 and 2016 club championships at Brambleton.

According to Lisa, Susan is a very positive person who does a good job sending email updates about her progress and always believes there is more room for improvement.

“I think it is a great accomplishment, but I wasn’t surprised, she is a great competitor, always with a positive attitude,” Lisa said.