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Filindo Colace strives to be a golf coach, not just a golf instructor. He arrived at this goal not only after leading over 1,500 golf lessons, but also from his own athletic experience. As a youngster, he was an avid hockey player and enjoyed frequent practices and near-constant supervision from coaches. Thanks to this gradual, habit-forming development, he eventually became a professional roller-hockey player. Unfortunately, that same approach isn't often seen in golf, except for at the pro level. Despite wanting to get better at their beloved game, amateurs too often expect to make huge strides by visiting the range once a week, taking the occasional one-off lesson from whichever pro is available, and sprinkling fairy dust on their drivers. In fact, all they're doing is revisiting old problems or, worse, reinforcing bad habits.
Colace wants to combat this casual approach by developing a lasting coaching relationship with clients. Following swing and short-game evaluations, he sets up his instruction as a series of weekly lessons, practice sessions, and nine-hole playing lessons. By frequently observing students' play in all manner of environments, he can teach them how to shave strokes in every facet of the game and then carry their improvement out onto the course.