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SNAG History 

The origins and philosophy behind the SNAG Coaching System are not new to sports, only to golf. The golf world has maintained a credo for all players new to the game that they learn the game, practice the game then play the game. The SNAG philosophy is significantly different for the beginner. Play the game, learn as you go and practice if you want to. This puts an emphasis on getting the beginner acclimated to playing the course from the very start. We do not recommend starting on the golf course but rather a SNAG course that is designed for the beginning player.

Golf is one of the few games where the equipment used by the beginner is exactly the same as the equipment used by the professional. The SNAG Coaching System uses specially designed equipment that helps the beginner progress through the learning curve faster and more effectively. You will see a greater level of success from all students using this equipment over standard golf equipment. If you look closely at other sports you will find that the equipment is modified to make it easier for the beginner:   

• Cycling uses training wheels on a smooth, flat surface, not the Tour de France.

• Snow skiing uses short wide skies on a bunny slope, not racing skis on the triple black diamond slopes.

• Baseball starts with a tee-ball concept and small fields, not a 95 mph fastball in major league parks.

Yet we start all golfers with professional equipment on the same venues where professional tournaments could be held. The coaching system addresses how and where beginners should start within the context of your own facility.

The SNAG Coaching System utilizes whole-part teaching. It involves the demonstration of the whole skill first, and then the breakdown of the skill into its parts so it can be seen, understood and executed properly by the student.  Each part is described by a phrase or word picture and assigned a word cue. When word cues are given in their proper sequence, the student is able to recall the descriptive phrase or mental image and can work on his/her own to practice the skill.

The coaching system also incorporates another teaching methodology called play-practice-play that helps you determine where your students are in their skill development. It basically involves a style of teaching where after a brief introduction, demonstration (whole-part method) and instructions, the student begins with a play portion of the session to experiment with the different skills you wish them to learn. The skills are then taught during the practice portion of the session where you can assist any of the students still trying to grasp the basics. After this practice session, you have the students play and once again work on these new skills at their own pace.

By performing specific tasks outlined in the SNAG Coaching System, students develop correct golf motor skills. The system contains three creative training tools that will enhance their progress. It is important to note that most of us are visual learners and respond positively when instructions are not mechanical but fun.

Another unique quality of the game allows the student to begin play in a familiar environment where shot distances are relative to everyday life. This smaller, more focused environment eliminates most of the fear and intimidation that a regulation golf course implies. It also provides a better overall picture of a course environment to help build the student‘s confidence and reinforce his/her successes.

The coaching system integrates aspects of golf instruction that is not readily available to beginners. The student is introduced to course management, rules, etiquette, and life skills for our junior section. These aspects will greatly enhance the learning process helping the student to shave strokes and make for a more enjoyable experience when they actually play on a regulation course.

The SNAG Coaching System uses terminology from the game of SNAG, called SNAGology. It is important that you use these terms and phrases when coaching your students as they relate to the equipment and the tasks to be performed. They also paint positive mental pictures to which the students respond. When the student progresses into golf, it will be easier for him to adapt to golf terminology. Familiarize yourself with the terms and word cues. You will find that they express many of the same thought processes as traditional golf terms but it a more fun way. Remember, for the student to learn effectively, the experience must be fun.

 

SNAG Philosophy 

The intent of the SNAG concept is to simplify the learning process of golf. We asserted that most of the time the golf didactics is too mechanical, too technical and to ambitious and transports not really fun to teachers and students. 

The SNAG trainings system should simplify the entrance in golfsports. It should primarily offer a better learning experience while having fun.

To reach this aim a complet packet was developed including the suitable equipment, training tools and a fitting training program. It is unique at the golf market.  

SNAG is a player friendly, fist touch development programme designed for both children and adults. SNAG incorporates developmentally appropriate equipment that allows golf to be learned and played in alternative venues with immediate, positive results.

• The psychology of colour is used in each of the components
• The five-sided grip ensures that students hold the club properly.
• The Launch Pad makes the game portable and serves as an alignment tool.
• Targets are used to help the students focus on aim and accuracy.

Academic Integration 

Golf is a character-building sport which has rarely, if ever, been effectively offered as a curriculum option in the world’s school programmes: Until now.

Deveploment more than 15 years ago by two former PGA Tour players, SNAG provides an excellent entry into the game of golf, beginning at the earliest stages of the education system. The SNAG curriculum incorporates the teaching of all important academic parallels and life skills.

The SNAG curriculum concept is

• Mathematics: numeracy, angles, measurement.
• Physical Education: gross and fine motor skills, spatial awareness, accuracy.
• Social Studies: communication, relationships, co-operation.
• Science: (physics) forces, inertia, acceleration, trajectory
• Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP): rotation, balance (stability) movement and coordination.
• Fundamental Movement Skills: body awareness, space awareness, qualities and relationships.
• physical health and development of basic moves