Golf Like The Pros

Golf Like The Pros

5.0 (11)
8 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

I like to teach by showing you how to hit the ball. I will demonstrate proper grip, and alignment. I teach how to set up for the coveted draw shot. I will also help you get more power out of your fades. Check out my reviews. The set up I teach will hold up through 18 holes.  I'll help you improve your iron play. I can drive the ball 300+ yards. I'll teach you to hit the ball long and straight too! Feel free to message me if you have a question.

I take great pride in that magical moment when all the instruction "clicks" for the student. When they start striping drives down range with the intended ball flight. I am still amazed at how easy golf can be for a new student who trusts me with this life changing event. I change peoples lives. I love my job.

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San Diego, CA 92119
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11 Reviews

5.0

  • Shane Stewart

    Great experience. Helping me address flaws in game.

  • Dan Bullock

    Easy to work with.

  • Bruno Cohen

    Mr. Vickers was an excellent and enthusiastic coach. He was eager to adapt his knowledge to my specific needs. I also liked his use of his cell phone app to record my swing and suggest corrections. He's a genuinely nice fellow and a good coach.

  • Ryan Carney

    Bill has a passion for seeing others improve their game that is contagious. I have gained a lot of useful tips and pointers but I’d say the confidence and support to step up my game has been the most valuable. Highly recommend working with him.


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to first listen to the students needs. I answer questions and we will go from there. Most students just want to hit the ball further with the driver. We can and will do that!

I like to start at the hole and work our way back. Chipping and putting. Then we hit the range and work on Iron shots. The middle part of the lesson we work on shaping long irons, woods, and hybrids. By the time we get to the driver, most swing concerns have been taken care of. At the of our session, we can focus on shaping shots with virtually any club in the bag.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

 I have helped many new golfers get off to a good start by having proper set up, correct grip, and ball placement. (In my opinion 99% of swing problems are grip or set up related). I have taught the same lessons found in many of golf's top instructional books:

Hogan's- 5 Fundamentals

Tiger's - How I Play Golf

Bob Toski's - How to become a complete golfer

Harvey Penick's - Little Red Book,

I have applied many of the techniques and lessons from these books to become the shot maker I am today. I am anxious to share my knowledge and and perspective on equipment. Importantly I will note the right ball compression rating for your swing speed. Which we will measure.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

1 lesson - $100.00

Typical lesson will last between 1- 1.5 hour

Availability: Sunday- Saturday    8 AM to 6 PM


How did you get started teaching?

I like to play competitive golf. I've won Tournaments and lots of skin money. I get invited to play in scrambles and group events quite often. I play in Men's clubs. I also participate in Amature tournaments thoughout the year. I like the pressure of hitting difficult shots. When it comes to golf advice, I try to explain the cause and effect. Ultimately, I will hit the shot that you want to hit. What one person can do, another person can do. My goal is to teach concepts that improve consistency.  I teach a set up that will produce a dependable repeating golf swing. From there we start to focus on course management, strategy off the tee, fairway strategy, various pitching techniques, chipping techniques and putting. Do you like to trundle? I do! I also pride myself as a player of impeccable etiquette. I will instill green side etiquette that will save you from some unintended sideways glances and eyerolls.

How did I get into teaching? I've been playing golf for 24 years. Many times players in my group and clubs will ask for advice. After years of positive feedback it comes quite naturally for me. I love this game with all my being.  I continue to teach the next generation the modern golf swing simply and effectively. I also advise on golf equipment. Clubs, Balls, Club length & grips.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught many students from the weekend golfer who want's to break 90 or even break 80 for the first time. To the fledgling golfer (kids from 7 - 12 years old) who are just starting their journey. Helping an advanced player figure out "what's wrong"  usually takes 15-30 minutes. We make few adjustments, focus on tempo, ball placement, keeping the head down and still, etc..  I enjoy putting in work to shape different shots on the range and practice green. This is where repetition, experimentation, and muscle memory will have the greatest effect. When was the last time you chipped onto the green with an 8 iron instead of a wedge?


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My favorite event is life itself.  I recently taught a brand new golfer who was struggling and couldn"t break 100. After 1 lesson. He has played 2 rounds since. He reported back to me a week later he posted a score in the 80's!

Recently I worked with a new a student, 5' 6" tall, in his 40's. He confided in me that he has never taken a lesson. I will mention, he has small hands. He said he was hitting his driver about 220 - 240 yards. He was using an interlocking grip. He was losing alot of leverage. I suggested we try the Vardon, or overlapping grip. After going through his wedges, short irons, mid irons up to 5 iron. It was time to hit the woods. After a few successful 3 wood and hybrid shots. He pulled out the driver. His first drive sailed all the way down the range. 260 + ...The look on this mans face said it all. He was awestruck. He couldn't wait to take his new found power to the course. Keep up the great work Jake!


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

If you want to see how to hit the ball. I will hit the shots you want to learn. I believe demonstrating techniques helps students learn faster. Stretch before your lesson if you can. Put your trust in me to get you where you want to be. In the end, it's your effort that will deliver the best results.

Remember, if golf was easy, everyone would play.

Golf is the greatest game mankind has ever invented.

                                                      Arnold Palmer


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

How do I hit a draw shot?

How do I hit the ball into the wind, or side wind?

What's the difference between a neutral grip, a strong grip, or a weak grip? What do these adjustments really mean?

What degree of loft should my sand and attack wedges have?

What ball compression is best for my swing speed?

Do my clubs fit my swing posture?

How do I read the grain on the greens?

What is the best way to grip the club? Baseball grip, interlock, or overlap?

How fast is my swing speed?

Are my clubs the right length for my height? Is the lie angle correct?

What is the best way to warm up before a round of golf?

Can I pay in cash? 

Venmo acct:  @BillVickers4


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