The Sixtyone Country Club is not physical. It is an idea. Sixtyone members, whether they play golf or not, share the same point-of-view. We all believe that connecting a young person to the game of golf is a good thing.
Our members share their time, treasure, and expertise to help change the way people think about golf. Members of the ICTM network take things a step further. They roll up their collective sleeves and make things happen.
Sixtyone Instructors have a love for the game of golf and a passion to share it. They hold they highest level of commitment and responsibility. Instructors are directly responsible to make sure that Sixtyone Academy programs are successful.
Sixtyone Caddies just like professional caddies do a lot of the heavy lifting. They (literally and figuratively) carry the bags. Caddies have an advanced awareness of the Change. Think. Golf philosophy and assist instructors at all levels. Committed caddies do it all. They even have opportunities to take responsibility and run Academy program sessions.
Academy tutors have an advanced knowledge of the game of golf and Sixtyone culture. In addition, some tutors have advanced knowledge in other areas that support Sixtyone’s efforts. Tutors have more flexibility in scheduling and, in some cases, are in the process of learning what is needed to move to the caddie level of the network.
Monitors are the entry ICTM level. And, quite frankly, a very crucial group for the Change. Think. Golf. movement. Monitors are at ground zero. Most monitors are new to golf and, just like many of the Academy students, have little to no previous golf experience. That is just fine. As long as you have and interest in joining the Sixtyone Country Club, are open-minded, curious, smart, innovative and courageous; becoming a monitor is a great way to get started in golf. ICTM monitors is where it all begins.
Golf is very simple, yet, endlessly frustrating. It is not like most other sports. Most of the battle on the golf course happens in the golfer’s mind. The Sixtyone idea is a non-traditional perspective of a game of tradition. We use a few simple but effective practices to make sure that our students do not lose sight of the fact that golf is a game. You play games to have fun.
The best tool an ICTM member can have in their tool bag is the ability to help students learn to enjoy the tough times. Golf is personal. That makes it hard. Encourage constantly and set a positive example by maintaining the following standards:
- Change. Think. Golf.
- Be present. If you can’t make it, no worries. If you can, commit to being there.
- Be on time when time is involved.
- Simplify the game.
- Stick to basic golf instruction: Swing sequence | Tempo | Balance | Course management | Pace of play.
- If you are not a certified golf instructor, do not try to teach technique.
- If you are a certified golf instructor, shy away from technical instruction early. Many Sixtyone students do not know whether or not like golf yet.
- Once students show commitment and understanding, we will connect them with a certified golf instructor. Be on the lookout for these students.
- Be a cheerleader. Publicly praise, privately reprimand.
- Under-promise, over-deliver.
- Remember golf can’t be taught, it must be learned.
- Don’t say. Do. Show. Play with them. Avoid just standing over their shoulder making comments on the details of every swing.
- Be a language cop, starting with you.
- Be stylish.
- When talking Sixtyone culture, use as few words as possible. Don’t be afraid of the uncomfortable silence. What we do is simple. Don’t complicate it.
- Be respectful. Be honorable. Be a golfer.
- Safety – As an ICTM member, the most important thing to for you to understand is that the mental and physical safety of children is the most important thing we do. Children goober first and think last. That is what they do. It is of the utmost importance that, from the time a child is taken into our care until we return them to a parent, guardian or authorized adult, we remain vigilant at all times for all types of potential hazards.
- Be curious – Eleanor Roosevelt said; “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” It would be hypocritical of us to ask kids to do things we do not do ourselves. Know and live The Code. Learn what you can about coaching, about working with children. Do the challenges. Create new games. Learn the rules of golf. The more you know, the more you will have to share.
- Engagement – Remember this. If you find yourself doing nothing, you are not doing it correctly, whatever it is. Here are sample outlines of typical on-course and off-course sessions. Students should always be doing something, working on something. You should too. Get them engaged. Ask them big questions. Show them a drill or ask them to show you one. Talk to them about something you recently learned. Name check them (e.g. Do you know her? Do you know him?). Break up cliques or combine one clique with another. Make things happen.
- Log your work – Record the sessions you have worked. Instructors and caddies use Notion to journal their sessions. Tutors and monitors use this Google form to record their work. Stipends will be paid on the 1st and 15th based on what you submit by that date. Golf is a game of honor.
- Communicate – Sixtyone members are always available. Our first option is via the Google Chat app. If you need information, use the group chat. If you have special circumstances, reach out via text or phone call. The key is to communicate. If someone posts in the group chat, respond. Radio silence is not something we do.
- Journaling – Whether you are using Notion or the Google form to log your work, it is important that you take notes. Notes do not have to be lengthy. Short and sweet bullet points will do. But, it is critical that we communicate details of our interactions and keep a record of details large and small. Information is key to success.
- Equipment management – Be aware of who is using what. Keep your stuff and Sixtyone stuff separate. If you need some new stuff, let us know. Students will leave equipment everywhere. Losing one ball or one rubber driving range tee seems insignificant, but things add up. There are many ways to keep things under control. Figure out what works best and stay on top of it.
- Greenkeeping – Our goal is to leave the course (the school practice area, the restaurant, the gym, etc.) better than we found it. The students will do what you do. Your words mean less than your actions. If they see you leaving the course better than you found it, so will they. Don’t say. Do.
We translate golf into a language that is easy to understand. We work to eliminate misconceptions and barriers. We don’t do a lot of things, but what we do, we do well.