Golf Channel Academy with Kelley Brooke at Bethpage State Park ,New York
TrackMan User since:
TM Instructor Level 1 & 2
When and why did you start playing golf?
I started playing golf in my early 30’s after I retired from playing lacrosse. Lacrosse was always my passion and took up a lot of my free time traveling throughout the USA as well as internationally, all the while working a full-time job. Once I stopped playing lacrosse, I felt the need to fill a void and golf was the perfect fit, along with fishing!
What was your HCP when you turned Pro?
I am a D1 college golf coach /swing instructor. My handicap is a 1.
Which is your favorite golf course?
Do you have a favorite coach you follow and why?
I have a few favorite lacrosse coaches on my list, lol. But as far as golf , I follow, Gankas, Malaska, Cowan and Hogan’s book.
Who is your favorite player and why?
Tiger – When I was done playing lacrosse, it was about the same time that Tiger turned pro. If it were not for Tiger, I probably would not of ever picked up the game.
What is your best golf related achievement?
I was a medalist for the PGA players ability test, I have a course record of 65 at a local course and was awarded the college golf coach of the year after going 7-0 for the season.
As a golf coach, what is the most common mistake among players you see?
The most common error is basic set-up, clubface control and ball flight.
What are your greatest professional strengths?
For lessons, being able to understand how each student learns and how they comprehend through terminology and drills is definitely a strength of mine. Also for lessons, is being able to blend my certifications in TM, K-Vest, Boditrak, and TPI. While on the course, course management, mental focus, and diet (graze eating) are also very important. As a coach, I value teaching time management.
What’s in your bag?
Driver – Taylormade M1 Accra Tour-Z 465 X
Fairway Wood – Taylormade 3 HL 16.5 White Tie 70 X
Irons – Taylormade – P790 Project X -LZ- 6.5 X
Wedges Callaway Mack Daddy 50’,58’,64’
Putter – Seemore(center shaft)
Ball – Taylormade – TP5x
How often do you play golf yourself?
If I could every day! Do to my busy schedule and raising 4 daughters, just a few times during the week.
What has changed since you started working with a TrackMan?
My lessons became a lot more efficient, as well as educational for my student. When the student starts to understand – attack angles/face angles/launch numbers through my lessons by using TrackMan data, they become fully engaged.
Which is your favorite TrackMan feature, and why?
I love all the features leading up to impact, impact and than launch numbers.
How and where can golfers get in touch with you?
Do you have any suggestions, how TrackMan can do better or differently?
For every quarter throughout the year, have an open forum webinar to discuss new teaching ideas with other coaches.
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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