My teaching philosophy is simple: If a player can master certain essential skills and bridge the gap between training and performing on the course, they can play better golf. I also insist that my students work hard, have fun, and enjoy themselves throughout the process.
I began playing golf at a young age and eventually went on to study Business and PGA Golf Management at the University of Idaho where I graduated with honors and my Class-A PGA membership. In the program, I found my love for teaching and competitive golf. During my tenure there I became one of the top players in the program and competed in 2014 in the PGA Jones Cup, an annual national tournament held at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL where I shot the low total score for my team.
As a former Jim McLean Master Instructor, my teaching style and philosophy was shaped around in-depth study of the golf swing and what the best players in history have done as they play the game. Learning under Jim and working with him during clinics, golf schools, and private lessons with PGA Tour players taught me what it takes to be a world-class teacher. Further influencers include “Top 100” teachers Butch Harmon, James Sieckmann, Brian Mogg, and Rick Smith. I also found mentors in “Best Young” instructors Joey Wuertemberger, Jason Guss, and Grayson Zacker.
The most important lesson I have picked up is to never stop learning. I continue to improve and educate myself through personal research and reading as well as traveling to seminars and summits around the country. Some of these include Butch Harmon, Dr. Kwon, Mark Blackburn, Shawn Humphries, Brandel Chamblee, Scott Cowx, and Scott Fawcett of DECADE Golf. My certifications include Titleist Performance Institute Level 1, Swing Catalyst Level 1, and CAPTO Putting Levels 1 & 2 Instructor Certification. I also use leading technologies in my teaching including Trackman, SAM PuttLab, CAPTO, BodiTrak, and high speed video combined with JC Video analysis software.
I have experience teaching all levels and all types of players, from beginners to advanced competitive players including men, women, and juniors of all ages. Everyone can get better!
My favorite part of what I do is seeing positive change or improvement for my students and watching that translate into better scoring and reaching goals. I love to get reports of tournament victories, personal bests, and matches won against buddies. My students that I teach have racked up numerous tournament vicotries and dozens of top 5 finishes last year alone.
Some of my favorite students to work with are competetive junior players who train and compete regularly. Youth tend to have a great attitude and a "no-fear" approach to the game. Not to metion they love to have fun and I fancy myself a bit of a kid at heart.
High tech evaluations of golf swing, grip, etc.
Taylor didn't try to make wholesale changes to my swing and has continued to analyze my swing and giving me things to work on. After the instruction he summarizes the takeaways and I know what drills I need to do to accomplish the changes. He also explains things in different ways and makes sure that I know how to make the changes without him there. This will eventually lead me to be able to correct my swing.
We cannot say enough of what a blessing it is to have Coach Taylor Riggin instructing our sons. He is genuinely committed and dedicated to helping them improve their game and to reach their full potential. He goes above and beyond what is required of him and is professional and courteous. He is highly skilled and has a great eye in making adjustments for the optimal golf swing that they may develop the best swings possible for power and accuracy.
very nice facility and great staff
When I work with a student, I always use the technologies at my disposal. Slow motion video and analysis is a staple so we can see together what is happening in your swing, stroke, etc. Another piece of technology that I use regularly is the TrackMan launch monitor system. This gives us both club and ball data that can help us get a full understading of what is going on and how to help your game. I also use the CAPTO putting sensor to read your stroke and analyze what may be keeping you from holing more putts