Claiborne G Reed Golf Instruction

Claiborne G Reed Golf Instruction

5.0 (7)
2 hires on
1 employee
4 years in business

About this pro

Hello. My name is Clay Reed. I am dedicated to helping students learn & enjoy the game of golf at the highest level possible. I have played 30yrs, competitively Division 1 college, worked around the game from an early age as caddie, prestigous clubs & teaching all ages & skill levels. I am persuing a career as PGA instructor. I enjoy meeting people of all ages & walks of life that play or have desire to learn. My approach is traditional. I like to keep things simple & enjoy the challenge of communicating concepts in a manner students can understand & apply. Typically, I will discuss with a new student what they want to achieve. From there, I will develop a plan with goals & timeline. I will cover all areas of the game from course management, equipment, putting, chipping, full swing & more. I tell my students to stick with an instructor rather than taking lessons from multiple to avoid confusion & complication from various teaching methods/approaches. I pride myself on seeing students improve. If I am not able to relate to a student or help them improve,  I will not charge for the lesson & do my best to match them with an instructor who will. Golf is a game that can be enjoyed on many levels, with lessons applicable to life. It can be enjoyed from ages 6 to 106! I look forward to serving you to the best of my ability & making your goals become reality.

I enjoy seeing students do things they didn’t believe were possible. Simplifying the game such that lower scores are suddenly at reach. And most of all, having students become confident with the game, excited to learn & play more often as they improve. I enjoy the challenge of the game & hope to introduce as many others as possible to the game.

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Vero Beach, FL 32966
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7 Reviews


  • Marcie Donham

    Conveniently arrived at location of my child, easy to understand, provided plenty of information and explanation, drills and spends 1hr for 40 a lesson. I have been improving significantly

  • Julie Johanasson

    Simple yet effective approach. I think less about what I need to do, did or didn’t do on previous shots & stay more in the present moment. I hit the ball straighter & consistently. Most importantly, my short game has been totally overhauled & I recognize the importantance of spending the proper time on this in my practice routine.

  • Jon Middleton

    Clay helped me simplify my game, set goals & acheieve them. He has been a tremendous asset & 100% devoted to getting my game to a competitive level. This guy is very friendly & easy to talk with. He explains things in a way I understand. I can text or call him anytime & get information. It’s been a great experience & he is as much of a friend as my golf instructor. Which makes things fun & very easy to approach him about anything.

  • Tyler Migliozzi

    Good overall coach for beginner to intermediate golfers. He'll work with your swing versus try to change too much too quickly. Really easy going, very competive rates.

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



Obviously, you are looking to begin playing or maybe you are a low handicapper looking for specific needs. Either way, I want to learn about you & what you want to accomplish, potential goals, any injuries, successes of failures, anything you want me to know & of course I’ll have some questions of my own. Also, this is about you! So any questions regarding how I do things, my background, & anything you might want to know. From there, I’ll have students hit 5-10mins of balls. I’ll get some video & observation. From there I’ll have questions & you may think of new ones to ask me. I’ll assess you & begin making some recommendations & adding drills. By the end of this we will have a plan moving forward & I’ll be sure to send a recap of the lesson to you & our plan moving forward. 

This my general approach. If you have other ideas, needs or concerns....By all means, I’m here to help you get better! As long as you put the practice in, I can promise that will happen. 

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

Lifetime of playing experiences jr tour Arkansas, including Division 1 NCAA ARKANSAS Razorback Golf 4yrs

Professional Caddie Experience 10yrs

Pga Program Training(not finished)

JR Golf teaching, women, kids & all types

Worked at Redstick, Johns Island West

4yr Bachelor of Sciences in Finance & Investments University of Arkansas 

HR Block TAX

Centennial Bank

Age 38 & been around working, teaching, & playing my entire life 

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

Initial Lesson will always be 1.5 hrs 

-takes time to get to know, assess & begin working on a plan with 1st time students. I make sure that the student is aware of where they are trying to go & what type practice it will take to get there

Regular Lesson 45mins-1hr

How did you get started teaching?

Getting to the point where I wanted to teach, knowledgeable & able was a very long process. Beginning from age 5 my father encouraged me to play & seeing him play was not only inspiring, but some big shoes that I always wanted to fill. I was not always good at golf & experienced some embarrassing, trying & deeply discouraging times. I really wanted to be competitive from a young age and spent my summers in Arkansas practicing, playing tournaments & any instructional time I could find. This continued into college. But I had experienced the lows of having played very well for weeks & having confidence going into a tournament only to completely self destruct. I was very hard on myself and for some reason never gave up. Memories of playing with friends, teammates, opponents, & working as a caddie are what I hop to pass on. The “AHA” moments of doing what you never imagined possible is amazing. The unpredictable nature of the game where sometimes you just get lucky or catch a bad break. Golf is a gentleman’s game where you are taught to respect your oppenents & be of good character are just a few of the similarities between the game & life. As I started teaching my son, I was looking at myself again 25yrs back. I’d volunteered for many of the junior golf events he was involved in & was spending a lot of time at the Pga learning center. Often people would ask me for help or my opinions on what they were struggling with. Having had a lot of good teachers & experience from college golf, I had a fairly good amount to draw from. The more I realized that I was pretty good at this, it became apparent that I should at least give it a try. I had spent too many hours in an office and gave a lot of free lessons before I decided I needed to make a career out of it! 

What types of students have you worked with?

Male, Female, All Makes & Models from 5-95yrs old, I seem to have a lot of Jr Golfers & primarily people between 45-75. Golf doesn’t have to be performed along the strict traditional approach. Everyone is different and has unique limitations and strengths. The main thing is that we find a consistent approach that fits the individual and build on consistency. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Most recently I’ve been working with a young fellow that’s been struggling. He appears well when practicing but would fall apart under pressure. So I tried to create pressure situations, games & various competitions in practice sessions in hopes that would translate into his tournament play. I can’t say I solved all his problems but I went to a tournament to watch him play and he was awesome! It was his day & really special to see him find that success and confidence and win an event. Those are the type experiences that translate over into the real world as kids get older.

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

I would ask them what they believe makes a good golfer? Are they more traditional, in between or totally new age. How much technology do they implement in their lessons? I also like to take size into consideration. If you are 5’3 & stocky, I wouldn’t go with a 6’5 lean instructor. How do you feel talking to this person? Do they seem interested in you, are they appealing to you when you have conversation & are they making huge promises that seem far fetched? 

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

Think about where you are trying to go & how hard you are willing to work with your goal in mind. Let them know where you struggle, what the best parts of your game are & ask them what it will take to get you to the level you want to achieve. Obviously, only so much improvement can be made over time but within reason. Ask if they are confident in being able to take you to the next level of your game? Also, what do they expect from a student & let them know what you expect from them.