New SwingFix instructor Steve Bann is half of arguably the most successful teaching duo in present-day golf.
In partnership with Dale Lynch, Bann founded BannLynch Golf and Pure Golf Training at Yarra Bend Golf Course in Melbourne, Australia, and Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Fla.
Bann and Lynch are coaches to elite professional and junior players from around the world, including K.J. Choi, Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Nick Flanagan, Kevin Na and Geoff Ogilvy. They are also the only instructional duo to take five teenagers into the world's Top 50.
Now that Bann has joined SwingFix, you don't have to travel to get instruction from a tour-caliber teacher, and we asked him to take a few minutes to share something about himself and his approach to golf.
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1. First off, talk briefly about your golf instruction philosophy and how you preach it at your facility.
BANN: My/our philosophy is based on The Holistic Approach (technique, physical, mental and strategy). Each client is assessed and then based on their individual goals and skill level is introduced to the Improvement Cycle Philosophy.
2. What attracted you to the SwingFix platform and how effective can this method be for golfers?
BANN: Most golfers the world over get caught up in what I call the Reactive Cycle. I believe with a consistent and sequential approach to technique improvement working with a coach the Reactive Cycle can be avoided. I think the SwingFix platform provides a way for the golfer to have regular contact with the trusted source of game improvement information.
3. In your opinion, what is the secret to taking the "range game" to the first tee?
BANN: The Confidence Cycle, no doubt. And from my experience, all golfers who practice using this approach are able to build confidence across the required range of skills in practice, and they are then able to transfer this confidence to the course. Most golfers don't practice correctly and they are rarely able to feel the sensation of knowing (confidence) when they try to take their practice game to the course."
4. Is there a particular training aid that you tend to use most regularly and with the most effectiveness?
BANN: Anything that helps with the Five Laws of Impact is useful. Face and Path are the to most influential Laws of Impact, so I regularly use the impact bag and plane board as training aids to enhance the feel and learning process for these two key areas.
5. Is there a way students who have worked with you most often dramatically improve and achieve that coveted five-shot drop in scores? Power, consistency, short game, management, playing more golf, etc.?
BANN: The combination of SMART goals, embracing the philosophy of The Four Training Factors, The Improvement and Confidence Cycles has worked many times with my/our students. There are 11 shot categories of golf, nine shots with each category, eight lies and eight different winds. Every golfer is an individual and when they can be accurately assessed and then establish a practice program that targets the area for most improvement for their game, great results are not far away. Avoid the Reactive Cycle (always trying the latest tip and trying not to make the last mistake again) at all costs.
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