Dr. Coop's Teaching Philosophy

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Dr. Coop's Teaching Philosophy
Category: Psychology

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My philosophy of teaching is a rather simple one but yet at the same time I do not think it is simplistic. I work very hard to help golfers identify many psychological forms of interference that prevent them from performing at the levels which they are capable. Some of these interference points that I have found are things like fear, both fear of success and fear of failure, expectations that weigh heavily on a golfer, the lack of a conceptual understanding of what to do with the golf swing and the inability to perform on a consistent basis because of outside forms of interference. We work very hard to identify what the interference points are and then once we identify them we can develop strategies for dealing with the elimination of these interferences. If you want a simple formula it is that performance equals potential minus interference. If you remove all your interference points then your potential and performance will be equal. That is what all of us who teach golf are striving to do, we are trying to help the golfers performance live up to their potential. In other words, their performance is totally what their capabilities are. The closer you move to reaching your potential the more you eliminate your interferences. As a teacher I am here to help you get rid of your interferences, we identify them first and then eliminate them. So my total philosophy of teaching is trying to help you identify your psychological sources of interference and then eliminate them once they are identified.

About the Instructor
Dr. Richard Coop
Dr. Richard Coop
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Education
CB 3500 Peabody Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500

Dr. Richard Coop is a mental instructor to countless PGA Tour professionals, including Payne Stewart, Ben Crenshaw, Mark O'Meara, and Nick Faldo. He is also the author of The New Golf Mind and Mind Over Golf.


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