Every aspect of what I do, I customize to the student. I think mass golf instrcution (magazines, tv, etc.) causes significantly more confusion than progress. As a coach, my job is to understand you and your leaning style. It allows me to give you meaningful cues that will have a lasting impact. I don't approach coaching any two students in the same way. I want to understand what golf means to you and how much time and energy you have to be able to get to your goals. I want to know what is going to make you feel like this is a successful partnership and what kind of program is going to help you succeed in getting there.
I truly enjoy connecting with people. I seek to make a personal connection with every person I work with. It helps me serve as a better coach and keeps me more connected to the people that I work with. I want to help people succeed and show them that they are capable of much more than they think...
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
First, I like to establish contact and send some goal setting sheets. My process for improvement varies for someone who is looking to get as good as they can versus someone who just wants to not embarass themselves when they are playing in the annual company tournament or with a spouse. It also gives me a feel for what the measuring stick is. Do you want to break a particular number, average a ceratin score, hit so many greens, etc.
Then I like to have them come in for a sit down. Review the goals sheets and talk about where they see their golf games and where they would like to be. It also gives me a chance to see if the goals are in line with the amount of time and energy someone has to put into their game.
After a short discussion, I like to watch someone hit balls. See if what they are showing me lines up with what they are saying... Give them a few suggestions, take some notes about what I see. It also gives them a feel for if they like my coaching style and my personality.
If we both agree that it's a good fit, I will send a Game Optimization Plan. It will outline what I hear your goals are and a suggested gameplan for making those goals a reality. It will also give feedback on what I saw, suggested improvments and drills and games to make the necessary changes.
I am also able to give lessons outdoors at Indian Tree Golf Course. At the agreement of the student, we can plan lessons at either venue.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a Class "A" PGA Professional. I went through six years of school in order to achieve that certification.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
30 min Lesson - $150
60 min Lesson - $225
Series of 5 - $800p>
Series of 10 - $1400/p>
Series of 20 - $2400
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How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching 16 years ago when I became an apprentice at Aurora Hills Golf Course.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with every variety of student. From professional to complete beginner and everything in between. As young as 5 and old as mid 80s.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I was very honored and happy to win "Best Instructor" in Colorado in Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine CAGGY awards for 2021.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Be willing to ask questions about the process and about the ideas for improvment. Look for someone who communicates in a way that resonates with you. Someone who knows a lot but isn't able to communicate it in a way that makes sense to you is going to confuse and frustrate you more than help.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What level of players have they worked with? How many lessons do they give a month? What would the plan be for how to get started?