Teaching Philosophy

Greg’s coaching and teaching philosophy is a combination of great instructors and players from all over the world. Through the years of being a PGA Professional and golf instructor, Greg has attended numerous instructional seminars. Just to mention a few, he’s attended teaching and coaching seminars given by Mike Malaska, Dr. Craig Farnsworth, Dr. Bob Rotella, Dr. Jim Suttie, Mike Bender, Hank Haney, Mike Adams, Jim Hardy and Mike Bennett & Andy Plummer (Stack & Tilt). He has also spent a generous amount of time at the SAS Championship getting to know the players of the Champions Tour. He’s had lengthy discussions with Keith Clearwater, Tom Purtzer, Mike Reid, Chip Beck and Bruce Vaughn. The last four years, he’s built a strong friendship with David Frost. David has won over 20 tournaments worldwide and has shared valuable information about the game with Greg.

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Greg realizes the importance of studying and learning from the best instructors and elite players around the world. It is also important to utilize video so the student can see their swing. He understands that each person has their own natural ability and that the instructor/student relationship is a team effort. A good instructor will listen to the student and help them learn how their swing is working and how it can perform better. It’s also important to understand the mental tactics and course management approach to the game.

The first lesson together will be very important. It will allow the student and instructor to get to know each other. With Greg as your personal golf coach, or instructor, he will be asking questions concerning your game and the direction you would like it to go. The first part of the lesson will give you time to warm up and discuss your game. While you are warming up, Greg can admire your swing, see your ball flight tendencies and capture your very first swings on video. He will then take a moment to view the swing with you and properly diagnose your swing. It’s then time to focus on one or two important swing thoughts. It may take some time, practice, trust and a good instructor to lead you in the right direction. In your first lesson, don’t expect to be a master. However, have fun and do the best you can to be open to adjusting.  The objective, as a team, will be to learn, trust and feel proper swing adjustments. Please remember that one lesson is not going to solve everything!

After the first lesson you should expect to see some immediate results. Over his years of experience, he has yet to see a student get worse at the end of a 1st lesson. If you choose to follow through with a series of lessons, you will have peaks and valleys. Greg likes to say that, “the valleys are shallow and the peaks will be steep”, if you have desire to improve. Whether you come for one lesson, or end up taking a series or two, he’s committed to helping you improve your game.

His goal, as your coach, is to help you play your best golf. He understands that every golfer is unique in their own way. Greg is a strong believer that working as a team on all areas of your game will get the best results. For the lesson to be successful it must be fun and take place in a relaxed environment and the student & instructor must be comfortable with each other.