"Golf is a game that can't be won, only played."
I started golfing when I could walk, with a plastic set of Little Tikes in the California sunshine of Palm Springs. My grandfather who played on the Hogan Tour, now known as the Korn Ferry Tour, taught me love for this great game. Even with a move to Indiana at a young age, my love for golf didn't wain as I frequented all the local courses across the Hoosier state. Not being able to have a private membership anywhere growing up, summers were spent shagging balls and cleaning carts so that after the day was done, I could get a couple hours of free practice. Though I've had a few lessons throughout my life, I am 100% self taught and have very much embodied the "muni kid," spirit like so many of you.
Along with all over the United States, I've golfed in Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Canada. The place that was the most memorable was Hawaii. Shaka Golf pays homage to the golf courses, people, and pureness of the game that I experienced during my time on the islands.
I am in pursuit of becoming a certified golf teaching professional through the USGTF. I am a 3.5 handicap and was a tournament winner on the now defunct Golf Channel Amateur Tour. I also have two hole-in-ones during my life, the first when I was 10, the 2nd when I was 32.
Golf is a game that has given me so much, it's now time for me to give back to it by helping others like you. I look forward to playing a part in your golf journey.
Like any golf instructor, I enjoy those moments we as golfers live for. That one "amazing shot," where everything finally aligns and the end result is spectacular. The reaction when a person starts to believe they can actually play this game while having fun is everything. My job is to bring as many of those moments to your game as possible.
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I've worked with people of all ages and experience levels from someone who is brand new, to those who have golfed for decades.
Identify what the end game looks like. Do you want to play for fun with friends and family? Do you want to play competitively? Having the right expectations of yourself and the process required to get to your desired end result are important.