Keep your head down. Don’t sway. Your left arm should stay straight. Bend your knees. Shift your weight. Don’t forget the shoulder turn. Hold your finish.
And think about all of those things in a 1.2-second span.
Wow. With all that to remember, it is easy to understand why prospective golfers never make it from the lesson tee to the first tee. They become convinced that golf is just too difficult to learn.
To that Kay McMahon says “baloney.” The LPGA Hall of Fame instructor believes that learning golf is simple, and she has created a teaching system that proves it.
It’s called Golf 8.5. McMahon, president of eduKaytion golf, developed this system to make learning the game of golf fun and simple. Beyond that goal, it could be a teaching system that helps reboot major growth in the game of golf.
“There are four pre-swing steps followed by only 4.5 swing positions which produce a classic golf swing for any person of any level,” said McMahon. “Golf 8.5 proves to be easily understandable, simple, doable and highly successful.”
McMahon’s students agree with that opinion.
“When I was able to find practice time, I wanted to work with the best instructor. Kay McMahon was immediately at the top of my list. I worked with her during the 2013 golf season and as a direct result of her help and encouragement, I won my first PGA section tournament.” – John Souza, PGA Head Golf Professional, Stadium Golf Club.
McMahon, based at Cranwell Resort & Spa in Lenox, MA, always begins teaching Golf 8.5 by first understanding her student’s goals. After transforming the misconceptions that have probably caused confusion and frustration for years, she then explains ball flight laws and most importantly, provides a clear, easily understood lesson on how the club works.
“People tend to focus on the golf ball, but it is the club that is moving,” says McMahon.
Golf 8.5 starts from the beginning and allows golfers to understand the how and why. The learning curve is fast-tracked, and by the time students learn the 8.5 things to do to achieve a classic, consistent golf swing, they understand that golf can be a simple sport to learn.
“With traditional teaching methods, little tidbits of information never get connected and/or are misunderstood,” said McMahon. “Golf 8.5 breaks it down into only 4 things to do before the swing and only 4.5 things to do in the swing. When the first three pre-swing things are done in the right order, then the fourth thing, posture, happens automatically. Traditionally posture is taught first with people feeling uncomfortable and looking like pretzels. In Golf 8.5 posture happens automatically. Therefore, we do not have to teach it – it happens.”
The Golf 8.5 program is taught using easy to visualize instruction. For example, take the club back thinking of a “Y” formed by the shoulders, arms, hands and shaft. When the club is waist high make an “L” by bending the right elbow and continue turning until the shaft is over the right shoulder. That’s a simple way to describe the first half of the swing.
McMahon credentials are outstanding. She developed her simplistic Golf 8.5 system through her 30 years as a teaching professional. She is recognized in the golf world as a well-renowned instructor, a teacher of teachers, and an outstanding, entertaining, enthusiastic speaker exhibiting her passion for the game of golf. She has won the NENY PGA Section’s Horton Smith Award twice in the past three years. She is in the LPGA Teachers Hall of Fame, and listed among Golf Digest’s 50 Best Women Teachers in America.
McMahon, her partner Eloise Trainor and the Golf 8.5 team will do clinics and schools in any region of the country.