Lawrence is a Master Golf Teaching Professional, Titleist Performance Institute Certified and U.S. Kids Golf Coach with over 16 years of experience teaching both children and adults of all skill levels. He received his teaching certificate from the renowned United States Golf Teachers Federation, and has been instructed by one of the top 50 golf instructors in the United States. He has played in numerous local tournaments, including professional and charity events. He has scored many rounds in the 60’s.
He believes the game of golf is both fun and challenging and everyone can enjoy and excel at the game with proper instruction and practice. He is also a National Federation of Professional Trainers certified fitness trainer. He has over 20 years fitness experience. His experience in fitness training is an asset for teaching modern day golf swing fundamentals and mechanics. His understanding of how the body performs an athletic movement is essential to his teaching methods and theory.
There is always room for improvement at all skill levels. I pride myself on being a very patient teacher, who recognizes each student’s strengths and areas that need improvement. I develop a program catered to each individual’s learning style and skill level – from beginner to the more experienced player. During each lesson, you will receive step-by-step instructions. We will go over all areas of the game including: long game, short game, bunker shots, pitching, chipping, and putting. In addition, during course lessons, I teach course management, how to play under various conditions, golf etiquette, and rules. We will also work on the proper mind-set and emotional approach to the game. Modern technology is used during range lessons. I will capture your swing on video for review, and numerous golf training aids are utilized. For juniors: it is important to garner a strong interest in and respect for the game. It is also a must for the students to enjoy themselves while learning the fundamentals. As they say, “practice makes permanent,” and this is the perfect time to learn the proper swing and course management techniques. This is a game that the junior can play for a lifetime.
Lawrence emphasizes the swing of the golf club rather than the "hitting" of the golf ball. This is a key fundamental base for learning the sport of golf.
Detail oriented without being neurotic. Swinging my driver without fear of losing my ball now.
I always enjoy meeting new students. I teach adults (aged 16 and above), as well as junior golfers (below age 16). I teach beginners working to learn the basics, as well as experienced players, trying to correct any problems and lower their score. For our first meeting, I like to get to know my students. I will determine their experience with golf and history with any other sports. I listen closely to determine their particular goals. Then I will have my students point out their self-assessed strengths and weaknesses related to the game of golf. We will discuss their physical condition and any possible limitations. It is also very important to determine if they learn best visually, verbally or by feel. I will videotape and analyze the students’ swing – looking for proper mechanics or any flaws in the swing. I will check the fundamentals, such as the grip, posture and ball position. We always set short term and long term goals and discuss the best way to achieve them. Because I am also a certified personal trainer, I will assign exercises for golf fitness in order to develop golf muscles and create flexibility for a proper swing. The first meeting is extremely important. It is the foundation for a beneficial golf instructor/student relationship that will set them on the right path. I pride myself on being a patient teacher with a keen eye for detail- sometimes the smallest tweak to a swing can make a world of difference. I want to enable my students to reach their highest potential, while they develop a love for the game.
I am a Master Golf Teaching Professional (MGTF), certified by the United States Golf Teaching Federation (USGTF). There are only 400 certified USGTF “Master” teaching professionals in the world. I’m also a National Fitness Professional Trainer (NFPT). It is a great asset to be a golf coach, with a strong physical education background. My understanding of how the muscles work is a tremendous benefit in teaching the golf swing.
My USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional Certification training focused solely on teaching the game of golf. Many of my new clients ask me if I am a PGA member. I chose not to follow this route, because I do not want to spend time learning non-teaching relating information, such as clubhouse management and event management. I do not want to manage a golf course. Nor do I desire to play on tour. My sole purpose is to teach this amazing game to my students. I do take part in continuing education opportunities that I feel will enhance my teaching.
Currently, I have a handicap of 1. It is certain that there are many teachers who score lower than me. But, I firmly believe that being a good golfer, does not make one a good teacher. I did not grow up with golf. I learned the game as an adult. My own process of learning the game has been extremely beneficial to my teaching style.