Coaching Golfers at Every Level to Effectively Improve Their Golf Practice and Game“If you’d rather have golf coach give you a GOLF PROGRAM rather than a GOLF LESSON, I may be a great fit for you.”Golfers who are new to the game, getting back into the game, playing on a team or trying to make a team enjoy working with Bob Thomas to make the most of their time, money, practice, and their lives. With careful listening and structure, Bob learns what matters most in a golfer’s road to improvement and educates, empowers, and coaches each to manage practice well and feel a sense of control, no matter what the game or situation may throw at them on the course.At age 14, Bob received his first set of golf clubs from his Dad. Bob was shocked because his Dad was a big baseball fan and that’s what Bob was playing most at the time. Bob played 3 times and put the clubs away to focus on playing baseball, coaching basketball, and classroom teaching. It would be 24 years before he would pick-up the clubs again thanks to a good friend whose Dad owned a golf course. This friend invited Bob to play a couple of rounds as payment for educational tutoring. That’s all it took as from that time forward, Bob would find a love for the game that would propel him to become a Certified Golf Teaching Professional with the US Golf Teachers Federation.
At one of his schools, Bob started a middle school golf program and was then hired to be the varsity high school coach where he won two league championships and tied for another. From there, he was hired as the first head men’s golf coach at an NCAA Division III college where he took his team from last to first and was named Coach of the Year in just two years. This collegiate position made Bob only the second African American, in NCAA history, to coach a golf program that was not at a Historically Black College or University. Bob is passionate about coaching and teaching, has professional training in Program Management and Executive Leadership, and considers himself a life-long learner. He has taken numerous classes and seminars on various golf related topics in his more than 20 years in the field.Bob understands that to coach each and every golfer, there must be consistent and constant interaction. Single lessons, although excellent information and training take place, will not suffice if coach and golfer meet once a month or even once a week. Accountability and consistent follow-up must be a major part of the training program if a golfer is to experience real improvement. Though Bob realizes that most golfers don’t like to practice, they’ll more likely approach practice differently and use the tools learned at practice sessions to create a real understanding on how to improve, if a system of constant interaction is in place. Because making practice fun and effective is at the core of how Bob teaches, he brings that same approach that won him championships and success on the high school and collegiate level. Interacting with the golfer, in some aspect each and every day, holds the golfer comfortably accountable and sets him/her on a path for success not only in the game of golf but in life as well. When he’s not coaching and pointing out the finer points of improving a golfer’s game, Bob enjoys time with his wife, his nine year old daughter, and their three cats, Felix, Lexi, and CoCo. He also loves cooking shows and is pretty sure he was a chef in his other life.