Golf For Beginners
If you want to learn the basics about golf without the high cost of private lessons, give me a shout. I work primarily with beginners and intermediate players. If you are new to the game or need someone to show you where your stance, grip and swing positions problems are, we need to talk! Short game and putting issues?? We can work through those too. I was taught by a well respected teacher and I've had the opportunity to pick the brains of a few tour pros. I have extensive knowledge of the golf swing, fundamentals that you have to get right and drills that can help you improve. You will get better!
My playing career includes quite a few accomplishments. One is something that very few in the game have. My playing partner for 12 years and I have an albatross (a 2 on a par 5) on the same hole at our club on Long Island, NY. I've won a tournament on a PGA course.
I'm located in lovely little Venice Florida now. If you think I can help you get started, reach out. My fees are very inexpensive.
Watching people hit a shot well and seeing the look on their faces.......that a-ha moment! That's so rewarding. I'll never get rich teaching and coaching, but I'll be happy and fulfilled working with you to get better!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Beginners should have the right expectations. Learning the proper stance, grip and motion is a foundation of starting to learn how to play. I will teach you drills that you can practice at home that will help you get better. Raising your level of competence is my goal. I'll teach you all aspects of golf. Swing, chipping, putting and the mental side.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've been a tournament player for years in NY before my move to Florida. I have won on a PGA course on Long Island. You probably won't become a tour pro with my instructions but I will make you a better golfer.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My fee is based on a per lesson basis. I don' t watch a clock. When we're done, we're done. Most times it's about an hour to an hour and a half. I mostly teach at Venice East practice range or you can pick the practice facility and the range balls. You decide what you need.
How did you get started teaching?
My club in NY was a semi-private club that attracted many beginners or intermediate players. The head pro found that he didn't have time for and his fees were mostly too expensive for the newbie golfer. I offered to help start these students with basic instructions. I found teaching and coaching to be very enjoyable.
What types of students have you worked with?
My prize student was a young man that wanted to learn the game and had a passion for it. We worked frequently and he took to all the drills and help. He became captain of his high school golf team and is now playing in college, he's outstanding! I'm so proud of him. I've worked with people needing a refresher course. Bad habits have destroyed their game.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
We have all struggled through difficult stretches playing golf. I was really struggling with my wedge and short game play. I tried to move the ball, open my stance more, soften my hands etc. etc. When I saw myself on a video clip the problem was obvious! My hands had gotten too high and caused the swing to be too steep. I worked with lowering my hands and boom....target practice! You can't see the problem without another set of trained eyes!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Have real expectations and do the drills and the practice. Golf is a hard game to get good at. If you are a casual player, accept the good with the bad. If you aspire to be great, put in the work.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
They should have clear goals and talk about how to achieve them. The goals should be real and coincide with their current ability and where they want to get to.