Improve Your Golf Game With This Simple Philosophy

By John Elliott, Jr.

As you look at me standing here you are probably wondering, what does this guy believe in, what does this gentleman teach? I teach common sense. What that means is that I am a cause and effect teacher. I look at your golf swing, I look at your golf ball and then I figure out what is causing your ball to go where it goes. I then check your swing out and figure out what in your swing is making your ball do what it does.

John Elliot Jr.'s Golf Philosophy

I am a reactor to two things: your swing; and the ball itself. So when you think of me think of a cause and effect instructor that when you come to see me, and I hope you do, you will have a better understanding of what you are doing so you can get to where you are trying to go.

  • A cause and effect is such that if the ball is curving to the right, common sense says that the clubface is open.
  • My job is to figure out why it is open.
  • Your job is to understand what I am trying to tell you so that you can then close that clubface. Same thing with the body.

Why You're Going Over the Top

If you are going over the top there is a reason. People do not go over the top because they want to; they go over the top because they have to. When you aim to the right when you are intending to hit it straight in order for it to go to where the target is you have to go over the top. That is cause and effect.

I think the terminology that I will choose to use is such that you will understand it, but more importantly you will be able to do it. Let’s get together one of these days and share our thoughts and help you play better golf. I really look forward to that opportunity.


Category: Psychology

About the Instructor

John Elliott, Jr.
John Elliott, Jr.
St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
3N441 Route 59
West Chicago, IL 60185
Tel: 630-231-3160

John Elliott, Jr., is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #39 instructor in the world. He is the head professional at the Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida.