A true passion has led me to my dream job of becoming a full-time golf coach. I strive to ignite enthusiasm and excitement in all my students while helping them have more fun, improve their game, and maximize their potential. From true beginners to accomplished, low handicap players and even fellow golf professionals, I take a caring approach that is based in serious study of all aspects of the game and how people learn.
I have spent time with and learned from some of the best teachers and coaches in the game today, including Andrew Rice, Michael Breed, Ryan Chaney, Martin Chuck, Sean Foley, Mike Adams, Bernie Najar, Cameron McCormick, Chuck Cook, Martin Hall, and many more. In every situation, my goal has been to find out what these great instructors know and bring it back to my lesson tee so that my students can benefit from the information. Mixed with my beliefs on the golf swing and short game, these experiences have molded my teaching style and helped me become a better communicator and a more caring coach.
Through the initial process of gathering data and discovering goals, I strive to create a partnership with my students that will provide them with support, while enjoying the journey of improvement together. Each student will learn what their main faults are, how to diagnose them correctly, and how to practice effectively to improve their shots in a short period of time. I understand that every player has a different physical makeup, and must be taught in a way that best fits their body and learning style.
A member of the PGA of America since 2005, I was ranked by Golf Digest in Maryland on the 2017-18 “Best by State Teachers” list, and was named the 2018 Middle Atlantic PGA Teacher of the Year. In addition, I am a TrackMan owner and Certified Professional, a TPI Level 2 Golf Professional, and was one of the first ever BodiTrak Ground Mechanics Certified Professionals. Since 2006, I have been a proud Titleist Staff Member and Certified Fitter.
I’m a lifelong resident of Maryland, and a proud graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School and Towson University.
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2017-18 Golf Digest "Best by State" #10 in Maryland
2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year
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Typically, I meet with a student for the first time and take the opportunity for us both to get to know each other. While I certainly teach "one-time" lessons, my business is largely long-term students who want a partner and coach to help them improve their game. We will meet, get a feel for one another, and I will gather some information and data and give a detailed summary of what I think the student can do to improve and how to practice it. Regardless of the term, I always send my students video summaries at the end of every lesson.
I've spent a significant amount of time with some of the best instructors in the game today, and have worked to improve and advance my knowledge as much as possible. Over the last 6 years, I have spent time with or learned from Andrew Rice, Michael Breed, Ryan Chaney, Martin Chuck, Sean Foley, Mike Adams, Bernie Najar, Cameron McCormick, Chuck Cook, Martin Hall, and many more. My goal has been to find out what they know and improve my knowledge base for the student in front of me. I am a PGA Member, and I have been certified in the following: TrackMan Certified Owner & Professional, BodiTrak Ground Mechanics Certified, TPI Level 2 Golf Certified & K Motion 3D Owner.
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION RATES
$120 / One Hour Lesson
$195 / Two Hour Lesson
$395 / Half Day (4 Hours)
$70 / Per Person—Small Group (2-4)
$55 / Junior Half Hour
$90 / American Heroes (Wed. Only)
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SUNDAY GOLF SCHOOLS - NEW for 2018!
$295 / Per Player for 5 Hours w/ Mark Russo, PGA
April 15 / May 20 / June 10 / July 22 / August 12 - 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Come join me for a fun and educational golf experience that will leave you with a plan to improve in 2018. I will share my ideas on your golf game, use the latest technology to help assess all areas, and we will have a great time doing it together. Space is limited to 4 players, so don’t delay! Give your game the attention it deserves this year by attending a Sunday Golf School with Golf Digest ranked instructor and 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year, Mark Russo.
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I have worked with all types of students, from college players to beginners. But the vast majority of my players are regular golfers who love the game and play fairly regularly. They shoot anywhere from 72 to 100, but all spend significant time and resources on golf and want to get better.
My advice would be to look carefully at what kind of personality a teacher has and what kind of consistent presence they have, and see if it matches up with what you are looking for in an instructor. Also looking at what kind of a commitment to their craft they have made will give you an initial idea of whether or not they are the right one for you. Someone who CARES about their students will always do the best work.
Take a hard look at your game and be very clear about what your weaknesses are - don't be afraid to critically assess your own game. Then be honest with an instructor on how much time you can truly practice. It's okay if you can't practice due to work and family commitments, just let them know that so the instructor can find the best way to help you get better within the frame work of your individual practice time. Everyone is different, but everyone can improve!