I came to this game of golf like many of us, through my Grandfather. I was 12 years old when he took me out to the local Par 3 course in Westbrook Maine and introduced me to a game of a lifetime.
My family moved to Winter Haven, Florida in during my 9th grade year of high school and I continued playing as much golf as possible. In August of 1986, I was hired as a cart attendant at Cypresswood Golf & Country Club by the Wood family that owned the golf course and developed the Cypresswood community. This gave me the opportunity to practice and play a lot of golf. As with most, young golfers I tried almost every method of play usually ideas from Golf Magazines as this was pre-internet. I also received help from my friends and co-workers as I developed an insatiable appetite for solid contact. That appetite drove me crazy because I could not figure out why I was so inconsistent. One of my first mentors, Jack Wenzler, started working with me on my swing. Mr. Wenzler was an old-school teacher with the thought of keeping it simple. He had given thousands of lessons throughout his life and found that most students completely over applied his instructions to the point where it hurt their swing. He would constantly say A little bit of this remedy will cure this problem, you don't need the whole bottle That kind of thinking really has formed the basis of my teaching philosophy.
I began as the Head Golf Professional at Cypresswood beginning in 1991. I also began teaching golf in 1991 at Cypresswood. As with most teachers, I had an idea what I wanted each student to do. Good grip, good setup, good posture and a good start to their back swing. I quickly found out that almost all golfers with any kind of experience interpret those instructions in different ways. The skill I had to learn is to figure out a way for the individual student to be successful. That sounds simple but it is a different challenge for each student. Each of them have different learning patterns. Some have to be told, some shown and others have to be moved through a particular drill or exercise in order for the student to understand. At the end of each lesson, I want each student to be better in some way. A better way to execute a shot, a simpler way to swing the golf club or just a practice plan outlining a route to success.
After 25 years of teaching and giving over 15,000 lessons, I think I am able to help most students. I never stop trying to learn from other teachers and coaches. I will always work to make my students' golf experience more pleasurable. I will always ask my students what they want out of their golf experience. In the end, it is all about my students wants and desires. My goal is to help them by teaching them with a very simple, straightforward approach, Remember, A little bit of the remedy will cure the problem, you dont have to take the whole bottle