Getting involved in Blind and Adaptive instruction is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. In general, I recommend you approach your students with limitations and challenges the same as you do all of your players. Do your homework, and have a plan in place to help each individual get the most out of what they have available. Learn their tendencies. Joe Grohman (PGA Disabled Golf Committee) stresses that “care, commitment, compassion, and consideration” are the tools needed to help develop their game to the best of their ability and to have a good experience at the golf course.
Everyone has something they are dealing with and no one wants to be patronized. Learn their unique situation, and take on the challenge honestly and as a team. For example, if you have a Blind student who wants to learn the game, read the Blind Training Manual, practice and play blindfolded. For amputees or wheelchair players, hit some balls one-handed or in a wheelchair, etc. Basically try to gain a better understanding of their needs and challenges by walking a mile in that person’s moccasins.
Try to get some guidance and direction from Professionals with experience in adaptive golf by attending a PGA clinic or assist an established disabled golf instructor. Basically there is no right or wrong way to swing the club here, and that player is his or her own standard.
Trial, error, and experience are your best instructors, so don’t be afraid of setbacks as long as you learn from them. Be relentlessly positive and your student(s) will appreciate your taking on this challenge together!
Established by Howard Shaw in 1992, the California Blind & Disabled Golf Program is entering its 28th year. The program has further developed with the Lions Club International volunteers, and PGA Golf Professionals, continuing to grow to pursue several goals.
First, and foremost, we hope to introduce more blind and disabled individuals to this wonderful life-changing activity. The program strives to mainstream Blind, Disabled and Adaptive golf through many activities such as free clinics and training sessions for coaches, caddies and players. We also promote easier access to facilities, and instruction and support for stroke victims, people with progressive disabilities and those hoping to get back to the game after catastrophic injuries or disabling accidents.
In addition, we continue to host events and competitions to challenge the skills of the participants and fully embrace the comradery, and enjoyment of the game for all comers! There is never a fee charged for instruction, clinics, or equipment! In addition, every effort is made to subsidize the expenses for the participants.
This program is funded through participation in events and your generous donations.
Thank you for your interest and involvement!
Go to OldeSchoolGolfSchool.com and download the Blind Golf training Manual free of charge. Please share with anyone interested. 100% of the donations for the California Blind and Disabled Golf Association cover lodging, transportation, meals, equipment and other expenses for Blind, Disabled and Special Olympics students.
Feel free to contact me directly with any questions.
Robert M. Kotowski, PGA
Director of Instruction, Olde School Golf School
California Blind and Disabled Golf Association
Santa Catalina Golf Course
Zaca Creek Golf Course | Buellton, CA 93427
805.698.6224 | [email protected]