Name: Thomas W. Smith
Title: Director of Instruction & Operations
Coaching at: Choo Choo Golf Academy & Range in Chattanooga, TN
TrackMan User since:
When and why did you start playing golf?
When I was 15yrs old I went to play with some friends and have been passionate about it ever since.
What is your HCP?
Which is your favorite golf course?
The Honors Course in Ooltewah, TN
Do you have a favorite coach you follow and why?
I feel like I follow and read everything I can but Butch Harmon, Jeff Smith, and Scott Hamilton are my top 3.
Who is your favorite player and why?
Tiger Woods has to be my all-time favorite and was one of the reasons I started playing this game.
What is your best golf related achievement?
Winning the Tennessee State Amateur in 2006
As a golf coach, what is the most common mistake among players you see?
Without a doubt setup and alignment!
What are your greatest professional strengths?
Patience, work ethic, and passion.
What’s in your bag?
Driver: Titleist 917D3 8.5* Fujikura 757X
3W: Titleist 917F3 15* Diamana Blue 80X
5W: Titleist 917F2 18* Diamana Blue 80X
4i: Titleist 716 T-MB Dynamic Gold AMT X100
5i-PW: Titleist 716 AP2 Dynamic Gold AMT X100
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (50F, 54S, 60K) Dynamic Gold S400
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2
How often do you play golf yourself?
I stay pretty busy but try to play at least 2 or 3 times a month.
What has changed since you started working with a TrackMan?
Personally, a lot more confidence in what I am doing and a lot less trial and error.
Which is your favourite TrackMan feature, and why?
Hard to pick just one but the Test Center is hard to beat
How and where can golfers get in touch with you?
I can be reach via:
Do you have any suggestions, how TrackMan can do better or differently?
Lie angle and face mapping at impact would be great to have.
Would you like to be the next TrackMan coach of the month?
All you have to do is sign up on TrackMan University and complete Level 1,
we will randomly pick a new coach every month.
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