A graduate of Teachers College at Columbia University with a master’s degree in Motor Learning and Control, PGA and LPGA Professional Trillium Rose has a formal education in the science behind how people acquire and adapt skills. She incorporates fitness and feel into her golf-instruction curriculums and specializes in developing targeted practice plans to help her students improve. As the PGA-LPGA Director of Instruction at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland, Rose has developed a clientele of political figures, world leaders, A-list celebrities, novices, high school and college players and regular men and women hoping to shave a few strokes off their handicap – and have fun in the process.
Rose has seen her business grow to more than 1,000 students, thanks to her all-encompassing approach to coaching the game that includes competitive practice, mechanics and play. Yes, Trill, as she is called by her loyal supporters, believes golfers should develop a competitive practice regiment – and that there is no substitute for actually playing the game on a golf course. And instead of employing technological tools in a way that might be intimidating to students, Rose uses technology to make lessons, practice and on-course play a fun experience.
“Technology has helped my coaching evolve in so many ways,” says Rose. “When Trackman first came out, I spent a great deal of time hitting balls on it, cross-referencing the shots with numbers. I must have spent 50 hours one season just exploring what they looked like and how the numbers related to ball flight. I’ve become a better coach because I understand the dynamics and how they are measured. The same goes for the other technology that I use: K-Vest, Boditrak, JC Video and Edufii.”
Rose notes that the Edufii app has helped her improve communication with her students and has made her more effective from a time-management perspective. Even when students are not scheduled for a lesson, they can post a question via Edufii. This allows Rose to stay in regular communication while posting videos and updates that will help students iron out any wrinkles between lessons.
“The online locker has revolutionized my teach- ing and interaction with my students,” says Rose. “I know that students need notes after each lesson. In the past, I would hand-write or email notes. It took time and wasn’t ever as good as I wanted it to be. Now, I use Edufii for every one of my students.”
Rose says the benefit of an app like Edufii for students is providing videos, PDFs, weekly assignments and mini-checkups in a centralized location, allowing golfers to see more clearly what we are working on. As an instructor, Rose saves time – instead of typing emails, or burning DVDs, she can now film and upload video during lesson time.
“I leave work and don’t have hours of follow-up to do anymore. I’ve also maintained better relationships with students,” Rose adds. “Those who use it regularly appreciate how easy it is to get a hold of me. I send lesson tips to those who have lapsed to remind them about golf. It’s a great way to stay in touch.”
Rose is also using her advanced degree in Motor Learning and Control to infuse fitness and feel into her teaching curriculum. She teaches a Golf Mobility class in Woodmont’s fitness studio, with the goal of improving feel and technique during the off-season.
“I cut down a dozen golf clubs and put molded grips on them, and have everyone stand on a yoga mat,” Rose explains. “I like the fitness room because there is a mirrored wall where people can see themselves move. The premise of the class is to go through the golf swing in painstaking detail and get to know the parts of the body that are used, how it feels, what it should do, etc. I will sometimes blend in stretches and exercises that correspond to different phases of the swing so people have an idea of how they can improve their own technique.
“I’ve had tremendous success with the attendance and feedback. Students have told me that they learn more from the class than lessons. I believe that could be true because during lessons, people are consumed with ball flight and lots of other things.”
Beyond technology and fitness, Rose also emphasizes the fun side of the game. She and the other PGA Professionals at Woodmont organize golf trips to resorts, including a group teaching and playing component that helps members improve while playing at a popular golf destination.
“Sometimes we have a tendency to forget about the fun component – golf is supposed to be fun and we should always be looking for fresh ways to make a great experience,” says Rose. “It’s easy to get into a comfort zone and teach the way you’ve always taught. Change is generally uncomfortable and takes work, so folks usually don’t look for it. Generally, I think that if you’re not moving forward, you are actually going backward. Everyone else is plowing ahead, so if you are not, you will get passed.”
2017 Middle Atlantic PGA Teacher of the Year
PGA-LPGA Director of Instruction, Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, Maryland
Rose, Trillium. “Increased Interaction Leads to Ongoing Golfer Engagement.” PGA Magazine , Feb. 2018.