Born and raised in Pittsford, NY a suburb of the city of Rochester, Michael played a multitude of sports both in and out of school including baseball, basketball, golf, bowling, sailing, tennis and was also on a paintball team for several years.
Michael’s junior golf career included 20 to 30 events a year and over 130 eighteen-hole rounds a year between 8th grade and senior year of high school. After graduating high school Michael enrolled at Penn State University in the fall of 2008. Here he entered into the PGA Golf Management Program where he majored in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management as well as minored in Business and Economics.
Throughout his four years at Penn State, Michael competed in and won a handful of events within his program. When he first entered the program, he aspired to be a Head Golf Professional with a focus on instruction. Over time his passion for teaching grew, and he moved towards the goal of teaching full-time. Upon graduation, Michael was accredited as a Class “A” PGA Professional when he accepted a position in Philadelphia at St. Davids Golf Club; here he acted as the Second Assistant and Director of Junior Golf. In February of 2014 he took his PGA accreditation another step further by becoming PGA Certified in Teaching and Coaching. At the end of the 2014 season Michael received the 2014 US Kids Golf Honorable Mention Top 50 Kids Teacher Award.
Other certifications include: US Kids Golf Certified Instructor, EyeLine Golf Certified Instructor, Trackman Level 1 Certified Instructor, Swing Catalyst Level 1 Certified Instructor and SeeMore Putter Institute Level 1 Fitter.
At the end of the 2014 season Michael was given the opportunity to teach back in the Rochester area and was mentored by Hank Haney instructor and Golf Channel Academy Instructor Brian Jacobs. This is where Michael was able to further develop his teaching skills and create his own business at the time called “Smash Factory Golf.” Through lessons, Michael takes players through five stages of learning: Understanding Cause & Effect, Skills Development & Skills Maintenance, Supervised Practice, Transfer Learning and Play!!!
Michael couldn’t be more excited to join the staff at Jeff Isler Golf. Through his experiences as a player and a coach, Michael looks to develop players of all abilities so they can play their best. Michael and his wife Laura now reside just Northwest of Dallas. During his free time Michael plans to play in the Northern Dallas PGA Section events and to try something new by joining a boxing program.
Hey Mike, Thanks again for the lesson a few weeks ago, I finally feel like my old swing is coming back again. I just wanted to give you an update and let you know that this past weekend was my first time shooting in the low 40's or even under 45 for over a year! I am excited to get back to it this summer.
1. Create an open dialog between the student and the instructor – starts with a new student assessment (paperwork that the student fills out and a meet and greet)
2. Determine if the student has any restrictions or disabilities that will prevent them from making certain movements in the golf swing
3. Diagnose the students swing/ball flight using video and trackman analysis
4. Create a plan for the student depending on their commitment
5. Show the student a roadmap to their goals and what is needed from both parties
6. Move the student into propositions and use of training aids.
7. Develop a practice plan based on their commitment
PGA Member - August, 2008 - Present
Proponent Group Member - January, 2014 - Present
USKG Member - January, 2014 - Present
Penn State PGM Alumni - December, 2012 - Present
Class "A" PGA Golf Professional - February, 2013
PGA Certified Professional in Teaching & Coaching - February, 2014
Double Goal Coach "Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons" - January, 2014
U.S. Kids Golf Certified Instructor - January, 2014
EyeLine Golf 4PE Certified - November, 2013
Swing Catalyst Level 1 Certified - February, 2016
BodiTrak Pressure Mapping Level 1 Certified - December, 2017
2014 U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teachers Honorable Mention
I have had the privilege to work with beginner level players all the way up to Mini Tour level players.
I have had the privilege to work with students between the ages of 3 and 93.
The best advice I would give a student is to find a teacher that acts as though that student is the only student that the instructor has. That the instructor is going to invest time in them to assist them to reach their goals. Find an instructor that is knowledgeable and up to date with what is going on in the teaching industry. The instructor must also fit the needs of the student.
1. How much time are you willing to invest - need to know if you have time to practice between lessons
2. What are your goals?
3. Why are you taking instruction? (Make JV/V team, want to play in college, tournaments, playing with friends/family, want to play better for work)
4. Willingness to change. Yes change!! Some people feel uncomfortable with change but what you are comfortable with might not be the best for you and what may feel uncomfortable at first does not always mean it is wrong. It is our goal as an instructor to assist you in creating a long-lasting, consistent and efficient swing to decrease dispersion creating consistency in scores. Our regular students have experienced this change that has assisted their games to loose and average of 6 to 10 strokes and counting!!!