Named one of America’s Best Young Teachers by Golf Digest, Trillium has a decade of experience as a golf instructor. We were lucky to get this interview…Enjoy!
Q: You mentioned growing up being surrounded by artists, with your Father being an architect and your Mother an artist- how, if at all, has this influenced your approach to teaching?
A: I consider myself lucky to have been raised with so much creativity surrounding me. It wasn’t about sitting down and deciding to be creative with an art project, creativity was more of a perspective in our house.
My approach to teaching is certainly influenced by their creativity, probably more than I can explain in a few sentences. However, one of the more salient representations I can thank them for is an open mind. Creativity includes loosening the boundaries and tossing away any self imposed limitations. We were taught not to be afraid of making mistakes and through that perspective came discovery and learning. I often make mistakes but sometimes they turn into really wonderful encounters and I learn new lessons from them.
Q: Everyone’s got ideas for how to grow the game of golf, in 140 characters or less, a’ la twitter, what would be your best advice?
A: There are a lot of good ideas out there. Even if you’re not a professional, if you love golf you should consider yourself an ambassador to the game:
Grab a friend who you think might like golf and bring them to the course!
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: I like everything about my job but I enjoy helping people the most.
That takes effect in a variety of ways including acting as a guide for students who want to better understand their game to sharing information to fellow instructors to helping those without access to golf who are in tough socio-economic conditions.
Golf is an amazing game, but it’s hard to play, it can be expensive and it can be difficult to find. I consider those real challenges and I enjoy working on the solutions.
Q: As the first PGA or LPGA instructor accepted into the graduate program at Teachers College, Columbia University, it’s clear you’re approaching the game of golf from a different angle. How has your time at Columbia influenced your direction as teaching professional?
The Motor Learning program is in the Biobehavioral Sciences Department, and based entirely in science, which is hard to read if you don’t have a background or any training in it. Now I have a foundation to draw upon and instead of taking other peoples interpretations of the research at face value, I can read it myself and then disseminate it to other golf instructors. In a way I’ve gotten rid of the middleman and can mine for data within a framework of golf.
My time studying and reading the literature has been profound as way to verify assumptions that I’ve made as well as open new perspectives of how to approach teaching motor skills. I have a much clearer idea of how humans learn motor skills from the neuronal circuitry all the way to how to build a suitable practice schedule for an individual. But perhaps some of the most interesting components of my coursework were the analysis of physical education, curriculum development and teacher expertise.
I plan on using this education to support golf professionals and help guide initiatives to include more science-based content.
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