Apr 29, 2015
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND INFLUENCES IN GOLF:
I started playing at the age of 15 when my parents bought a house near a 9-hole course in Goleta, CA. It had dirt fairways and decent greens. I picked the range, worked the greens crew, ran the pro shop, and even flipped a burger or two.
We had a great men’s club that had a big influence on the social parts of the game. I have never had more fun in golf than I did on weekends in the 80’s at Ocean Meadows.
I played college golf at UCSB with Billy McKinney where we were ranked in the top 20 in the country our senior year.
Dave Atchison influenced my early knowledge of the swing, but no one has been more influential to my career as a coach than my business partner Kevin Brown. He was an athletic trainer and taught me a lot about biomechanics and how to properly use the body in golf. But his most important influence was how he mentored and developed athletes.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR STUDENTS?
I have been teaching John Pate for over 20 years. John has been one of the best amateur golfers in the country for 30 years. He recently won the California Senior Amateur and is likely to win a lot more senior events moving forward.
Kevin Larsen- Peaked at #2 Junior in the World. All-American at Georgia Tech
Nick Delio- 2008 California Amateur Champ
Matt Hansen- 2-Time All-American at UC Davis
Jack Perry- All- American at Northwestern
DO YOU FOLLOW A FRAMEWORK OR DO YOU TEACH EACH PERSON “ARTISTICALLY”?
I treat every person as an individual and try to optimize their personal strengths. I utilize all of the measurement equipment I have at my disposal to create a program that results in measureable improvement.
HOW DO YOU TEACH THE MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS THAT GOLF REQUIRES?
Through my experience as a player and coach I integrate mental and emotional skills into the coaching and practice programs.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME TO COACH THE YOUNG YOU, WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Coach myself to accept that we hit more bad shots than good shots and those bad shots don’t deserve to result in bogies. To commit fully and execute to the best of my ability, then to accept the result and move forward.
WHO IS IN YOUR DREAM FOURSOME?
Scott McBeath. John Pate, David Hughes and me. All guys who have been good friends for a long time and who I played with when I was learning the game.
COMPLETE THESE SENTENCES:
- The golf world has changed a lot in the last 30 years.
- My favorite players to watch are in contention on the back nine at Augusta on Sunday.
- If we all had a growth mindset we’d all be better off.
- My own golf would have been a lot better if I was kinder to myself.
- Modern teaching technology has helped me to be a much better teacher and coach by allowing me to objectively measure key performance parameters and holding me accountable for real improvements.
- People would play better if they played more often.
- My favorite teaching aid is a well-designed practice area.