A Learning Philosophy • Why a Learning Philosophy?

Learning in the game of golf begins with the study of a conceptual and physical relationship required in voluntary actions. My learning philosophy is premised on this relationship of mind and body. I appreciates the art and science in learning and how it requires a working teacher-student relationship in a successful learning process. My Learning Philosophy is based on research and field testing of a curriculum designed for structured conceptual learning that is consistent with how students cognitively learn. There should be a strong correlation between Learning and Teaching Philosophies that can support one another in the challenges presented in instruction and student learning.

A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions – as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.

Friedrich Nietzsche, German Philosopher, 1844 – 1900

My Learning Philosophy • The Art and Science of Learning in Golf

A Learning Philosophy must acknowledge the art and science in student learning in golf. There is a physical science applied in form and function and a psychological science applied in cognitive learning. This Learning Philosophy encourages student conceptual learning using a cognitive process of Critical Thinking, Observation, and Reflection as a means in achieving accurate and timely learning. This philosophy in learning stresses the significance of properly preparing students in knowing how to conceptually learn through developed skills in self discovery, development, organization, and assessment as their means of learning and owning technique.

Teaching Philosophy • Why a Teaching Philosophy?

The game of golf covers a very broad spectrum in the physical demands and psychological requirements in teaching. A Teaching Philosophy is based on how instruction utilizes the student learning process in instruction. A Teaching philosophy appreciates the art and science in teaching and how it requires a working teacher-student relationship in the instructional process. This Teaching Philosophy was formed out of research and field testing that demonstrated how students can experience accelerated learning when instruction is based on a curriculum that is consistent with how students conceptually learn in golf. Teaching and Learning Philosophies should support one another in the challenges presented in student instruction and learning.

My Teaching Philosophy • The Art and Science of Golf Instruction

This Teaching Philosophy has evolved through many years of research, study, observation, learning, and experience with students, mentors, teachers, and golf professionals. This approach to instruction utilizes a learning philosophy as a means for successful instruction and student learning. A student must be properly prepared to learn before teaching-learning can begin. Effective student learning requires a defined curriculum and an instructional approach that is appropriate to the manner in which students learn. Instruction must be based on understandings in the value of basics and required disciplines in golf. Short-term goals are to identify faulty student concepts and replace them with valid concepts of the golf swing. Long-term goals are to provide students with understandings, instruction, guidance and support in the learning process of building structured concepts in form and function of the golf swing. This philosophy in teaching encourages learning how to learn as a means to achieving personal ownership of skills and abilities in conceptualizing techniques in creative ways to meet the infinite demands of the game.

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Because I now live in Virginia, and working with the Dodger’s organization, I’ve had only a few opportunities to work with Danny over the past ten years. But, if I lived in Houston, I would be a regular student. Each lesson has had a profound impact on me. In my very first lesson, Danny helped me not only with golf, but also in my career as a Major League Baseball Player. He taught me how to conceptualize my golf swing as a relaxed athlete, just as I’ve always done swinging a baseball bat. He taught me about taking a moment to absorb the results without judgement, and with measurement. I last worked with Danny a few months ago, and he quickly noticed something in my performance. Within a few minutes I added several yards to my driving distance.

Danny has not only a great understanding of the golf swing but more importantly, is able to communicate this to me in an easy to understand manner. I have played golf for over twenty five years and was able make vast improvements almost immediately. His approach of getting back to the inner athlete and building a solid foundation to build the swing around is a trait of all great instructors and coaches in any sport. As a person who has spent considerable time studying movement and swing patterns, I can appreciate Danny’s expertise and his understanding of the swing as the similarities between golf and baseball are very closely related. I have been fortunate to spend time with many great baseball swing instructors in my career and Danny’s method to teaching and getting results is as good as or better than these individuals who teach at the highest levels..

Danny has great athletic insights in the mental and physical workings of the golf swing. As an athlete and a professional golfer, I think his philosophies in athletics and golf performance have helped in changing my perceptions and understandings in what is responsible for achieving a repetitive dynamic golf swing motion that can last a lifetime.

Danny Crowley and I have been friends for many years going back to my years in Houston. Danny has the proper attitude and love of people which will enable him to become one of golf’s premier teachers.

As a teaching colleague, I have greatly appreciated your approach to teaching. First and foremost, you always showed great sensitivity to your students, with an uncanny ability to adapt to different levels of abilities and styles. At times, I would come to you discouraged about my swing and in five minutes you would fix it once again. I expect to be your student and friend for life.Thank you for what you have given to Marsha and me. It’s a priceless gift!

I would like to thank you for being a great golf coach. We played the Alliance Cup Charity Event yesterday at Memorial. I am a Director of WTGA as I try to give back to the game I love. I shot 69. My first ever. And we still have lots of improving to do. Thank you.

I just wanted to say thank you again for the lessons, you truly made my swing so much easier and gave me way more confidence. I hit my first hole in in one at the 115 yard par 3 at Mulligans Course. It felt great! I had a lesson with you at the end of December and then the second just two weekend ago. I had won 2 lessons from my company. Man, what a lucky drawing that was for me.I have already recommended  a few friends to you, and will continue to do so. Your approach to teaching is very refreshing and a big difference from others. I know I don’t have the perfect grip or posture, but you didn’t even mention them and allowed me to just swing without worrying about 50 thing being identical to the pros beforehand.

Danny has a unique ability to explain most complex things about golf in most simple terms. Not only that, he does not teach just general golf-he teaches the golf that is just right for you; what will work or not work for your specific habits and physical abilities. My wife and I took several series of lessons from Danny and I would highly recommend him for anybody interested in golf-from entry level to advanced and experienced golfers.

I truly enjoyed my lesson with you yesterday, and feel that I made great strides towards understanding what was wrong with my mechanics. You are very clear and concise in your instruction, easy to understand, and I had fun while I was learning.

I look forward to my next lesson on the 17th. I also enjoyed our conversation. It is always good to find thinking folks. Thank you again, and take care.

I started playing golf twenty years ago with some ongoing physical limitations that contributed to a flawed swing with many incorrect habits. Danny has helped me to understand how to work with my limitations successfully while identifying and eliminating flawed habits. His ability to communicate understandings of the golf swing that can work for me has helped in lowering my handicap from 20 to 6 in spite of my physical limitations.

I started playing golf and taking lessons from Danny two years ago. He has a keen understanding of the golf swing and is very articulate and patient in his instruction. Danny knows my learning style and has individualized the lessons so that I understand what I am doing. He has taught me how to apply my knowledge so as to play with confidence, and I love the game.

Thanks a bunch for yesterday’s lesson! Not only for sticking with it until you found the solution, but also for encouraging me to stick with it! Your commitment to fixing my swing is very much appreciated, and I’m still smiling about the progress made int eh last 10 minutes of the lesson! When I got to my car last night, I grabbed a 5 iron and 6 more balls … I just had to see if the fix was real … And it was! High-five and kudos to your diagnostic and training skills!