A PGA Professional since 2006, John continues to stay well versed in all aspects of the golf business including golf instruction. His recent efforts in gaining Certified PGA Professional status rank him in the top 2% of all PGA Professionals nationwide in regards to educational certifications. In his career, John has had the privilege of working alongside and learning from many skilled professionals and instructors including the Golf Channel’s, Michael Breed ("The Fix"). He works with players of all ability levels and enjoys an approach to teaching that focuses on each individual as an individual. He takes into account the fact that student’s goals often vary and therefore the instructional plans must vary as well. John is a tireless promoter of the game and participates regularly in PGA Growth of the Game initiatives such as Get Golf Ready, Golf 2.0 Initiatives, Free Lesson Month, Family Golf Month, and Patriot Golf Day. Over the years, John’s students have enjoyed much success and have achieved many goals. Some of the more notable accomplishments of his students include numerous first place finishes in junior golf tournaments, many occurring on the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour. Other accomplishments include students qualifying for the Delaware State Open and Amateur, joining collegiate golf teams, breaking par for the first time, and lowering their golf handicaps considerably. John continues to coach and mentor many of the finest junior players in the state including the winner of the 2010 Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Championship and the runner-up in the 2010 & 2011 Delaware State Junior Amateur. More recently John has been awarded Certified U.S. Kids Instructor status and also was awarded honorable mention status for the 2012 & 2018 U.S. Kids Top 50 Instructor Award. John is also Level 2 Trackman certified as well as Boditrak certified. Having these technologies at his disposal and these certifications John can analyze your game and swing like never before. John also enjoys staying competitive with his own game having placed first in six PGA Section sanctioned events. More recently, he has made five of the past eight cuts in the Philadelphia PGA Section Club Professional Championship, and six of the past seven cuts in the Delaware State Open. John's career best round is a 64 (-7). John aspires to one day qualify and play in the National PGA Club Professional Championship and the PGA Championship.
When working with a new student I make sure that I take the time to get to know him or her as an individual. I want to know about their golfing history, what their biggest strengths and biggest weaknesses are. Do they have any limitations that may prohibit any kind of movements we may encounter in the golf swing? I also like to know what my students goals and aspirations are. Utlizing this information, my student and I put a game improvement plan in place and embark on our journey of lower scores.
One terrific piece of technology that I often use with students who are new to the game is my BodiTrak pressure mat. This measures where someone's weight or pressure is located throughout the golf swing which is a big factor in hitting the ball with solid contact. By showing them the error and watching the video feedback we are able to fix issues with this fundamental very quickly.
I have been a member of the PGA of America for the past 13 years. I have received numerous certifications above and beyond this status as well and am proud to be a Certified PGA Professional in the area of Instruction (as well as others). I attend teaching seminars by regularly to ensure that I am always on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest in the world of golf instruction. More recently I have added Boditrak Pressure Mat and Trackman launch monitor technologies and certifications to my teaching program.
My standard hourly rate for an adult is $125. However, that being said I do offer package lesson rates that offer my students a discount on the hourly rate when they purchase lessons in bulk. For all my up to date pricing information please check out my website www.johnrudolphpga.com.
I started teaching because I have a passion for helping people and wanted to help people enjoy the game I love so much even more.
I have worked with many different types of students in my career, from beginners to club champions. I have conducted thousands of lessons, clinics, camps, and clubfittings in my career. Juniors, seniors, women, and men are all demographics that I am comfortable teaching.
A recent event that I am fond of was a short text that one of my students recently sent to me. It described a great round of golf he had recently played. I pride myself on staying in touch regularly with my students and being easy to get ahold of. It brings me a great sense of pride whenever I receive a message or note like this as I know that my students are enjoying this great game to the fullest!
The advice I would give to a student looking to hire a golf instructor would be to make sure you conduct your research. Look for an instructor who is a member of the PGA of America and who has been teaching golf for at least three years. Experience and education are paramount when it comes to being able to teach the game of golf.
Students should think about what goals they want to accomplish prior to talking to their teachers about their needs. They should also think about their current strengths and weaknesses in their game. Prioritze your weakest areas first as these areas will often lead to the fastest way to drop your scores and handicap.