Mike Riso Golf

Mike Riso Golf

4.8 (16)
33 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees

About this pro

"I'm a passionate golf professional who loves helping golfers of all skill levels quickly get better, from the ripe young age of 5, to seasoned golfers 88 years young!" If you're looking for more solid shots, longer drives, less tension on the course, added confidence golfing, and want more enjoyment with your game, Mike Riso Golf can help! Whether you need help with your full swing, short game, putting, sand shots, or the mental game - we offer private and semi-private lessons, 'On-Course' playing lessons, short game clinics, and long-term Player Development Programs. As a golf professional teaching for over 28 years, I have a passion for helping students improve. My pricing is reasonable and I can create custom packages to fit your budget, whether you want a few lessons or a long-term program. I also offer a Money Back Guarantee on all lessons. Beyond golf instruction, we offer golf-specific stretches to add flexibility and gain distance, and an innovative stress release technique you can apply on and off the course. Our web based company, Mike Riso Golf, offers FREE weekly golf tips and articles to motivate you to achieve the game you've always wanted! Lessons are available at Clearwater Country Club, and Largo Golf Course. Our webpage is [email protected]

There's no greater satisfaction then watching a beginner hit the ball up in the air with a better level of consistency. Or if I'm working with someone who's been playing for years, but gets stuck and just can't figure out how to hit the shots they know they're capable of, and then in only a few minutes have the light bulb go off for them! To watch the smile on their faces, and to finally feel like they know exactly what they need to focus on to get the results they want! This is why I teach.

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Belleair, FL 33756
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16 Reviews


  • Zach Ganley

    Knowing I only needed minor adjustments to straighten out my hook, Mike did not change anything terribly drastic about my swing and only gave me a couple minor adjustments which have helped so far. Adjustments being posture and grip. Would recommend.

  • Courtney Dantone

    accommodating to schedule needs, relaxed environment, direct and continuous feedback, makes it enjoyable

  • Frank Dalton

    Kept it simple, Left with a few suggestions that I can work on then build from there

  • Allison Texas

    Mike called us before our first lesson and explained exactly how the lesson works. He took the time to ask us questions and make sure all of our questions were answered. At the lesson he approached us right away upon arrival to the green. He was friendly, smiling, happy and outgoing. It was a very warm welcome. He got started with us right away even though we were just a few minutes early. He was not someone watching the clock for the one hour lesson. He gave us great instruction. The best tips and pointers I have ever received with golf. He watched us carefully to fine tune what we were doing wrong and praised us for what we had already mastered and was doing right. Mike encouraged us and helped us to love the game of Golf even more. We are now on his email/blog/tips mailing list and have already enjoyed reading one of his emails. Deciding to take lessons was something we thought about for months. Mike was not the cheapest instructor -but we have learned over time in any aspect in life you do not necessarily want the cheapest teacher/professional on the block. He was worth his fee and then some. I am so happy my husband and I had a lesson with Mike. We will be scheduling more lessons with Mike in the near future. Golf is already a joyous event that we love, Mike just was the cherry on top.

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

The first thing is to find out what students want from taking golf lessons.

Are you an avid golfer, a beginnner, playing for social reasons, or trying to use golf to develop more business?

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

I've been teaching golf for over 33 years, and formerly owed a golf shop in Buffalo. I'm also in the PGA Golf Management program. 

I was an assistant golf coach at Buffalo State College.

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

Lessons start at $65, and for juniors rates are discounted 25 percent.

For those seeking long term improvement, lessons can be further customized through our Player Development programs.

Series of lessons can be as few as four lessons, or more advanced packages include from ten to fifteen lessons.

The package we reccommend is based on your specific goals and needs. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started golfing at age 11 and fell in love with the game.

I entered the golf business in 1984 and started teaching a few years later after seeing the need for quality instruction.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students as young as 3 years old, and have taught students well into their 80's.

The main types of students I specialize in are: beginning to intermediate women, golfers trying to reach a milestone such as breaking 80, 90, or 100; seniors who have lost distance, and business men and women looking to use golf as a platform to developing additional business. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Dave, an 82 year-old student had been very frustrated with his game getting worse, after playing for over 50 years.

After having the opportunity to help him, and watch him improve, I actually saw him smile! 

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

Always have a phone conversation with your prospective teachers.

This is the easiest way to see if a teacher is a good match for you, and to get a feel for their style and overall teaching experience.

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

How much will I play?

How much will I practice, if any.

What is my budget for golf lessons?

Did I talk with my teacher regarding any concerns, before hiring them?

Does the teacher offer a refund, if I'm not satisfied with my lessons?

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