PNW Golf Academy Seattle, WA
TrackMan User since:
When and why did you start playing golf?
I started playing golf when I was 5 or 6. Golf is something my family has always done together, but I think it was mainly so that I could hang out with my Dad who is a very passionate golfer. I wasn’t a competitive golfer until high school, it was just a game we played together as a family.
What was your HCP when you turned Pro?
My handicap was +2, but it’s hovering around scratch now that I’ve entered the business.
Which is your favorite golf course?
A toss up between Cypress Point and Loch Lomond in Scotland. I was lucky enough to play with the head pro at Cypress, Casey Reamer, and really enjoyed learning about the history of the golf course as well as playing with the course record holder. Loch Lomond is a very special experience as well.
Do you have a favorite coach you follow and why?
I am a big fan of Pete Cowan. I love his style and the way he conducts himself with his players. Seems like a no non-sense kind of guy and I’d like to follow that example.
Who is your favorite player and why?
If you’d asked me 10 years ago I wouldn’t say this name but after recent events I would have to say Tiger Woods. Golf is about overcoming both mental and physical obstacles and no one has done that more than Tiger Woods in the last 10 years. What he did last week at the Masters is unbelievable and the impact he has on the game cannot be understated. It’s great having him back and the game is in a better place because of it.
What is your best golf related achievement?
Two come to mind, playing Division One college golf after only playing competitive golf for 3 years and winning Western WA PGA Teacher of the Year 4 years ago at the age of 31. That was a huge honor voted on by my peers and made me feel like I was finally a legitimate golf instructor.
As a golf coach, what is the most common mistake among players you see?
The obvious answer is sequencing in the downswing, but that’s an easy answer. What I see most, though, is simply mis-diagnosing the problem. With the wealth of information out there about the golf swing, golfers tend to diagnose their game flaws based on some video they saw on social media. So often the problem it is the exact opposite of what they think it is. Without proper experience or tools to diagnose the problem, it’s next to impossible for an average golfer to figure out why the ball isn’t doing what they want it to do.
What are your greatest professional strengths?
I believe that my greatest professional strength is my ability to quickly diagnose the key flaw in someone’s golf swing and then explain it to them in the simplest way possible. The entire process of the golf swing is quite complicated if you break it down. I try to simplify it for my students and make it sound easy, so it becomes a lot easier to accomplish. I really try to focus on athletic movements that they may have made in the past and relate it to their golf swing. TrackMan compiles a lot of data, and that data allows us, as golf professionals, to really simplify the swing for the student. That’s why TrackMan has been such a great partner for me and my golf instruction business.
What’s in your bag?
Titleist everything! I have been on staff with Titleist for over 7 years and can’t ever see myself playing anything else.
Driver: TS3 9.5
3WD: TS3 15* Hazardous Smoke 6.5
Irons: 3-5 TMB, 6-9CB Project X 6.5
Wedges: Vokey SM7 46F, 50F, 54M, 58D
Putter: Scotty Cameron 5.5M
Ball: PRO V1
How often do you play golf yourself?
If I can get 1 round in a week I consider it a good week. I probably average about 9 holes a week, which is not enough!! More in the future I promise!
What has changed since you started working with a TrackMan?
Almost everything, but what TrackMan has taught me most is that you don’t need to rework an entire golf swing to become the most efficient golfer you can be. What TrackMan does is isolate the problem which makes it much easier to tackle as an instructor and player. TrackMan has really improved my student’s wedge and driver play and in today’s modern game, those elements are crucial to lower scores.
Which is your favorite TrackMan feature, and why?
At the end of the day, the screencast is probably my favorite feature. All the data is incredible, but the ability to compare the data and video of a golfer with a professional player really opens their eyes to what they are doing compared to the very best. At the end of the lesson, we always do a screencast to show the student what we’ve worked on that day. These screencasts can include, pro comparisons, before and after and drills for our clients to work on. They can then review the lesson and make sure they are practicing correctly and with purpose. I’ve sent over 5000 screencasts in roughly 4 years of instruction using TrackMan so you can tell how valuable I think they are.
How and where can golfers get in touch with you?
They can find me by going to our website: pnwgolfacademy.com. You can also follow us on social media @pnwgolfacademy. We are located in Issaquah, Washington, just outside of Seattle and Bellevue, but we work with people all over the world via online lessons.
Do you have any suggestions, how TrackMan can do better or differently?
One of the things I think would be very helpful, is if we were able to see video of golf swings on the course practice mode. It would be great to be able to analyse the golf swing as you play the course. The other thing I would mention is the ability for those who own multiple TrackMans to have those systems talk to each other. I have two sims next to each other at our indoor facility and if a client works on both machines over the course of a month, we can’t compare that information with the other, only to the swings that were made on that particular TrackMan. Yes, its all uploaded to the same myTrackMan account, but that doesn’t help us in real time if we want to go back and refer to previous sessions.
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.
Disclaimer: The answers in this interview have not been modified or changed, nor do they necessarily represent the views of TrackMan A/S.