Teaching Philosophy,
Approach, Goals for Your Game


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    Where I Began

    An amateur sharing my personal story.

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    Where I will go

    As a professional, I feel empowered to empower.

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    My Teaching Approach

    I believe the first order of business is fun.

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    Where I Teach

    I teach in person and I teach through media content.

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As a teaching professional, I feel empowered to empower.

When I began my journey, I was an enthusiastic player with a desire to share my learning experience and game accomplishments. I took up the game in 2000 and accomplished a 5 handicap in 5 years. My passion and commitment to the game shifted my career from owning my own marketing & branding company, into the publishing world, where I published my first book, A Girl’s On-Course Survival Guide to Golf. I shared my story visually because that is what I do best. As a professional golf teacher, I am now able to provide researched-backed and student-centered learning content that can create significant change in how golfers learn and play the game. My deep passion is a continued focus on educating, inspiring and motivating players of all ages with skills to discover more pars for optimal performance and enjoyment.

 

At Age 7

I began my creative journey when I was a little girl, showcasing my drawings to everyone on the school bus. My joy in life has always been creating.


 

My Teaching Approach

My belief is that we are each on a unique path. There is not one way to journey through life. I believe that we each come into this world doing something better than anyone else on the planet. It is our mission, while here, to find that true and unique path. There is not one way to journey to more pars.


I also believe that we learn better when we are having fun. Children got it right. They create fun. It is my job as teaching professional to re-introduce my students to the power of creating fun. Too many forget that golf is a game.

As a golf coach, I like to create long term relationships with my students. I enjoy experiencing their journey as they begin to drive it longer and sink more putts. I most enjoy players who are REALLY passionate. I am also very passionate about helping players enter the game. The game can be intimidating…I know. My job is to make it fun and enjoyable on day number one.
Women’s golf instruction is my niche. I teach women of all levels. I enjoy teaching men as well. For me, as long as you are passionate about the game and willing to practice and focus…I’m your More Pars Coach!
I am TPI Golf Level 3 Certified. TPI’s mission is to educate golfers and industry professionals on the body/swing connection through its ‘TPI Certified’ educational program.

Why I believe in TPI education: TPI is in line with the LPGA Student-Centered model. I need to know what my students can and cannot do on a physical and psychological level, so that I can be a better coach.

A list of words that when made as one represent who I am:
Accuracy
Achievement
Adventurousness
Altruism
Ambition
Assertiveness
Balance
Being the best
Belonging
Boldness
Challenge
Cheerfulness
Clear-mindedness
Commitment
Compassion
Competitiveness
Continuous Improvement
Contribution
Control
Creativity
Curiosity
Decisiveness
Democraticness
Dependability
Determination
Diligence
Discipline
Diversity
Dynamism
Effectiveness
Efficiency
Empathy
Enjoyment
Enthusiasm
Excellence
Excitement
Expertise
Exploration
Expressiveness
Fitness
Fluency
Focus
Freedom
Fun
Generosity
Goodness
Growth
Happiness
Hard Work
Health
Honesty
Honor
Humility
Independence
Ingenuity
Inner Harmony
Inquisitiveness
Insightfulness
Intelligence
Intuition
Joy
Leadership
Legacy
Love
Loyalty
Making a difference
Mastery
Merit
Openness
Order
Originality
Perfection
Positivity
Preparedness
Professionalism
Reliability
Resourcefulness
Results-oriented
Rigor
Security
Self-actualization
Self-control
Selflessness
Self-reliance
Sensitivity
Serenity
Service
Simplicity
Speed
Stability
Strategic
Strength
Success
Support
Thankfulness
Thoroughness
Thoughtfulness
Timeliness
Tolerance
Trustworthiness
Truth-seeking
Understanding
Uniqueness
Unity
Usefulness
Vision
Vitality

I have always set goals instinctually, but never systematically. I now understand that setting goals, systematically or through a process is much like setting an agenda …a motivation agenda for improving. For example, if my student sets 3 achievable challenges, setting an agenda provides a reason to achieve and allows for evaluation and self-accountability. Goals create a process for achievement. I use a star rating system with my students so they can measure and compare against other practice sessions and goals.
I hear this ALL the time from students, “I just need to get this swing thought into muscle memory.”

Muscle fibers do not remember anything. Muscle fibers do not have a separate independent “mind” of their own.

All memory is retrieved from inside the brain which commands all action and response. Google the Wadman Experiment to learn more. Our goal in golf is to train the brain to deliver information to the muscle. The muscle just obeys orders.

At the gym, we do reps to build muscle. On the course, we build the brain to deliver a consistent golf swing.

With brain training, it is critical to go
through the process each time:
1. Preparation (preshot)
2. Execute
3. Evaluation

I believe Dr. Debbie Crews work on how the brain performs best delivered to the golf population through her Opti-Training has the potential to be a game-changer for the game.

I teach my students the learning process so they can take control of their golf game, not the other way around. I keep it simple.

THERE ARE TWO METHODS THE BRAIN STORES INFORMATION
1. Motor Learning: like swinging a club or riding a bike
2. Cognitive Learning: learning math or a new language

Motor Skills are stored in a part of a brain that is almost impossible to get rid of. You cannot get rid of motor skills, but you can replace them with new ones. If you swing over the top, you’ll always swing over the top, unless you replace it with a new motor program. Think of it as installing a new software program or writing a new book. I invite and encourage my student’s to write their own books.

If you really want to learn, then you need to randomize your practice. That is my message to my students. Something happened, certainly way before I entered the game that said: “Bang a bazillion balls and you’ll get better.” I was part of that racket. Our job as Golf Professionals is to re-educate on the process of learning.

BLOCK PRACTICE is technique / skill practice. It is what we see at the range with many players: hitting a bucket of balls using a 7-iron; hitting 50 balls, getting a groove as you repeat the same swing with the same club. To optimize its effectiveness, block needs be super targeted and limited.

RANDOM PRACTICE is just that. With that same 50 balls, instead of
using the same club, you use all clubs, change up the shot and target for each ball. Just as you would out on the course.


My Core Values

Creativity
I am having the most fun when I create.
Caring
If you care, you will give it your all.
Determination
Student Stated: I was so impressed when you would not give up on us. You made sure we understood.
Enthusiasm
When I am passionate, I have endless energy and enthusiasm.
Fun
If you are not having fun…do something else.
Growth
When we stop growing, we die.
Loyalty
For me it is quality, not quantity.
Making a Difference
I believe I can make a significant difference, while here.
I make it a point to surround myself with smarter people. My dad always said, “If you are the smartest one in the room, you are in the wrong room!”

If we simply bang balls with the same 7-iron, we are not really learning. All we are doing is repeating. Improvement is short-lived. If you simply copy a shot over and over, you are not learning the process of creating that shot. Instead, we need to create a process. My goal is to teach students how to learn and how to create.
Empowered students stay in the game.

Certification matters

TPI Golf Level 3


Teaching & Learning Environment

I have authored four books, but did not teach until I was certified. As an LPGA member and TPI Golf Level 3, I now feel confident that I can deliver great results for my students.


I reside in New England and beginning in 2016, I teach locally at Atkinson Resort & Country Club's Willowcreek Golf Academy located in Atkinson, NH, where I am responsible for driving more female participation. I focus 90 percent on clinic programs. I also host Journey to More Pars Golf Schools at 5-star resorts. and an online school with 3 learning levels, Journey to More Pars Online Course Curriculum.





I love learning.



I love to share what I learn.



I love seeing the smiles on my student's faces when they get more pars.

How I define Success for Your Game

My goal is to help you achieve your goals. I have helped grow and promote the game of golf to women in a personal and unique way since 2008. More than 100,000 women have been touched by my brand. I define success not by how much money is in the bank, but how many more pars on scorecards, how many more players in the game and how many more smiles from all the pars they are getting.

I enjoy helping others. I enjoy teaching. I enjoy the joy I witness in so many players when they see progress. I feel fortunate that I can communicate through media and speak to so many varying skills and ages. My tagline says it all.

Golf is a journey…let's journey together.

Create

Christina my custom evaluation is totally fantastic! I've never had such good information!! I'm finally able to get on a course this week and I can't wait to try out all of this new stuff. You are amazing!!! I will let you know how it turns out after a few practice sessions. Many, many thanks!!!
- Joel C


Deliver

I love these books. They have been so helpful with my learning process. I’m truly a visual person and the colorful illustrations and the Pink book DVDs have been a great asset in my efforts to gain knowledge in this game. I truly love what you’ve put out there and have found absolutely NOTHING better to help me in my efforts. Thanks again and keep them coming!
- Kathy M


Results

This video is so helpful. Keeping my shoulders down as made a huge difference in my game. To the point that golf friends are asking me who I am taking lessons from....I tell them Christina Ricci. You have had a greater positive impact on my game than any other person I have taken lessons from. Thank you for breaking down the key points without pointing out too many things at once.
- Kim B

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John

Debbie

That is a beautiful range!!! Love the guy in the background. lol I try all of your tips, Christina, and my golf game is much better. Maybe today’s tip will help me with a slice that has plagued my drives for a while. Seems like there are certain holes on the course where I always slice my drive. Must be something inside my head on those particular holes, such as, you always hit a slice on this hole so let’s just do it again!

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Ruth

Sue

First of your video tips I’ve received and I can see already I’m going to take something from each one! Raining still in Seattle too!

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Seth

Cynthia

This is always a tough shot for me. I really should walk up and assess the shot but usually worry that I am taking too much time and hurry it. Club choice is always a challenge for me since I have been golfing such a short time. By the way, is your 58 degree club slightly less of an angle than the 9 ? I would guess so since you want the ball at a lower angle after you hit it…I am not familiar yet with the different degrees..l guess I should do that.

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Christina Ricci is an LPGA member and TPI Golf Level 3 Certified. She has authored four Golf Survival Guide books and is a strong advocate for growing the game, educating women on the importance of professional golf instruction, and providing educational tools to learn the game in a fun and approachable manner. Her unique female perspective and personal journey inspire women of all playing levels to reach their personal golfing goals.