Casey is the Director of Player Development & Managing Partner of Rick Murphy Golf Academy in Greensboro, NC. Casey played a college golf for Roanoke College and later played professional golf for 5 years. Casey has a passion for coaching his students to meet their individual goals. Casey believes that the golf swing is best learned through guided discovery; this means that the coach serves as a filter for the students ideas and that a good coach helps their players understand how to self correct their flaws through proper training and practice. Casey teaches the total game of golf, which encompasses many areas. These areas include: Full Swing, Short Game, Putting, Mental Game, & Fitness/ Nutrition. Some of Casey's accomplishments are listed below:
- Director of Player Development & Managing Partner of Rick Murphy Golf Academy
- 2016 Nominated for 2016 Player Development Award Carolinas PGA Section
- 2012 & 2015 Nominated for Youth Player Devlopment Award Carolinas PGA
- 2016 US Kids Golf Certified Instructor
- 2016 Certified by the PGA to teach Adaptive Golf to Military Veterans
- Over 9 Years of teaching experience
- Class A PGA Professional
- Camp Director of 48 Junior Golf Camps
- Conducted over 1,000 Junior Golf Clinics
- Played Professional Golf for 5 years
- Play collegiate golf for Roanoke College
I enjoy seeing a smile on someone's face when they hit solid and straight shots consistently for the first time in their life. I love to help people make the game of golf more enjoyable. I also enjoy teaching a variety of different people and customizing their golf games around what their own strengths & weakness. I enjoy teaching golfers how to play better golf and do not try to fit them into one particular method of hitting a ball. I teach golfers how to golf rather then simply how to swing.
Casey is an excellent instructor. He picked up my major swing flaws within 6 swings and had me working on corrective action. I like his enthusiasm and positive attitude.
Our son, Zachary has taken weekly lesson's from Casey for over four years. When we first started golf lessons, Zach was only eight years old and Casey knew how to focus an overactive little boy and make the instruction super fun for him with games and trick shots. After a year or so, Zach started competing in junior golf tournaments and Casey would prepare and support him every step of the way. Casey gave him playing lessons (on several golf courses and not just the driving range) that took his game to another level. Another thing we found very beneficial is his interactions with us (the parents). He made sure we understood his instruction in the lesson so we could reinforce the fundamentals during golf tournaments and practice. Zachary developed a very special bond with Casey and unfortunately, work moved us to Texas 2 years ago. Casey continues to communicate with us and Zach is still receiving instruction from him using golf video apps. We email some swing videos of his playing and he emails back several videos with a play by play discussion of his swing and videos with some drills to improve any issue. Zachary is now almost 14 and has had interactions with several golf instructions in Texas and they always ask me who developed his swing and technique and I proudly tell them Casey Cline.
My daughter takes lessons with Casey, he is so kids friendly coach, generates great interest for the game and has an amazing knowledge. Highly recommended
Before we start an initial lesson I like to interview my student to get as much information as I can to find out what their individual goals are and what they enjoy most about the game. This process takes about 5 - 10 minutes. Here are a few of the questions that I ask in the initial interview:
Why do you want to take golf lessons?
What is your current score/ handicap & what is your goal score or handicap?
What are the strongest & weakest areas of your game?
Do you have any physical limitations?
What are your ball flight tendencies?
How much time do you have to devote to playing & practicing?
Those are a few of the questions that I ask a student in an initial interview before our first lesson. Next, we go out to the range or short game area and I would watch the student hit several shots to a target and diagnose the areas where they need the most improvement. In addition, I ask the student about what they are trying to do in their motion. Many times their is a conflict between what a student thinks they need to do vs what they actually need to do to get better. After diagnosing their issues I can then work on correcting the area that needs the most attention. Towards the conclusion of the initial session I will recommend a program for improvement that best suites the student based on their specific needs.
- Class A member of the PGA of America
- 2016 US Kids Golf Certified Instructor
- 2016 PGA Adaptive Golf Certifed Coach
- Attendee of 2008- 2016 Carolinas PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit
- Attendee 2011 & 2013 PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit
- Attendee of 2014 PGA Youth & Family Golf Summit
- Lynn Blake Alignment Golf Certified Associate
- Played Professional golf for 5 years & understand the game from a players perspective.
My standard rate for one lesson is $50 for a 30 minute session or $85.00 for an hour lesson. I have many coaching programs that I offer to my students based on their individual needs. I offer six month & yearly coaching programs as well as short term programs. The programs I offer range from $225- $2,500. I make program recommendations after the initial interview /appointment.
I played the game professionally for five years & found that I enjoyed helping my fellow competitors in between rounds. This lead me to becoming a class A PGA professional. I enjoy helping people improve, when someone starts hitting the ball better the game becomes more enjoyable reguardless of the skill level of the player.
I have worked with all ages & levels of player. I have taught a 3 year old as well as and 89 year old! In addition, my students are comprised of a variety of different skill levels I have taught a U.S. Mid Amaetur Champion, mini tour players, club professionals, beginners, and high/ mid handicap golfers. I enjoy teaching a variety of different players reguardless of age or skill level.
A week ago one of my high school players shot 36 in his high school match and won the event. He has been working on his game with me for about 2 years now and he has made a great deal of progress. When he first came to me his scores were in the low 50s for nine holes and now he is a 2 handicap!
It is important that the teacher knows what the student wants from their golf lessons and that the focus is on meeting the students goals. Golf is a life long journey not a sprint so the relationship between the coach & player is vital. A good coach genuinely cares for their students and develops trust with their players and helps them with all aspects of their game. A good coach should be a master at taking a techical idea and making it simple and relatable to the student. You want a coach who has a passion for the game and makes learning fun! After all, fun is why we play the game in the first place & I believe better play helps the player have a more enjoyable experience. In addition look for experience and professional accreditations.
How much time can you practice & play during the week?
How long do you think it will realistically take you to achieve your goals?
If you wanted t improve one aspect of your game quickly in the first lesson what area will you want to focus on?
What are the biggest strengths and weaknesses in your game?
What price point fits your monthly budget for lesson?