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Golf Lessons In Arizona

I was born in Texas in 1952 and started playing golf at age nine.  After competing in Jr. and high school golf in the 60’s, I received a scholarship to participate in the golf program at the University of Houston. From 1975 to ’79, I worked as an Assistant Pro at several Houston area Country Clubs under Head professional Jim Deaton including; Elkins Lake, Walden on Lake Conroe, and Walden on Lake Houston. I worked in the pro shop and gave lessons at each of those facilities. During that point, I played Houston area tournaments and acquired sponsorships to participate on golf tours in Australia, Asia and the U.S. In 1981, I was offered a teaching position at Raveneaux Country Club in Houston, TX and remained there for several years before moving to Mesa, Arizona in 1985. Teaching golf lessons in Arizona primarily at Dobson Ranch, has kept me busy. I am always learning and finding better ways to teach this fascinating game.  Learning to become a better teacher is an on going, sometimes trial and error quest. Yes, there is physical knowledge involved but the difficult part is figuring out what mental approach works best for the individual.  This is where years of teaching experience plays a key role in helping my students advance.

Philosophy

I am primarily a fundamentalist with regards to teaching golf lessons in Arizona.  Aside from that, it’s all about the process of elimination.  I usually take video of a students swing and while they view the images; I explain the pros and cons of their swing.  Then the decision I have to make is which improper positions need adjustment first, and so on.  30+ years of teaching golf lessons in Arizona, helps when determining the causative order that will best facilitate steady improvement.  It is next to impossible to change too much at one time.  Practice and patience always pays off when accompanied with a well thought out plan. Golf is a complicated sport; so learning in a group setting is not as effective as having individualized attention.  Knowing your own personal weakness is the first step to making progress.  From that point on its about giving each change enough time to establish comfort and trust.