The Story Behind the Two Step Process

Shawn Humphries and Byron Nelson

When I first began teaching golf, like any new teacher, I only taught beginners. I noticed that there wasn’t a step-by-step process for new-to-intermediate players to learn. Every other activity out there has some sort of standard process for teaching. So why didn’t golf?

In 1988, I began breaking the golf swing into steps and started teaching students my Two Step Process. I was working for Eldrige Miles at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas. He is the one who gave me my first pro job and taught me the club business. The years went on, and I refined and honed the Two Step process into a solid system for teaching the game of golf. When I was the director of instruction at Carmel Valley Ranch in the 90s, I could line up as many as 50 people and teach them the Two Step Process all at once. It would blow your mind the impact and results I was getting. It was so cool!

People would watch my clinics, scratch their heads and say, “I have never seen anything like this before in my life.”

In 1998, I began working for Byron Nelson as the director of his golf schools. We would produce over 25 schools a year in a 6 month span. I introduced Byron to the Two Step Process, and he loved it so much that he wrote the forward to my best-selling book. Byron also wrote a recommendation letter for me to become a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher.

This is the same process I taught Troy Aikman and the legendary coach Bill Parcells. Troy liked it so much he wrote a second forward to the book. Bill endorsed the book as well with a nice quote on the back cover. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have these kinds of endorsements for such a simple process. It truly reassures me that I’m on the right track when it comes to teaching.