I first met this kid when I spoke at the PGM program at Clemson in 2016 and I was intrigued by his curiosity and passion for learning. In PGM programs nowadays you get a few young men or women that have made up their minds that teaching is the direction that they want to go and Robbie was one that showed interest. He attended my Guru workshop in 2016 and then started showing up every other Saturday to shadow and observe me teaching. We had a connection….Thank you for allowing me to visit you,”Will you help me?” he would say. He was so appreciative and respectful which I am a big fan of. People that show an interest in learning make it easy for you to share with them what you think may assist them in being successful. I am always grateful to get this kind of request from peers that visit. I started to pour into him what little that I knew about teaching and coaching . What he didn’t know was that I was becoming the student in many ways. When we share we learn and are reminded of what got us to where we are. So I pulled some strings and made sure that he became my intern assistant for the 2017 season because I wanted to see what this kid was made of and if he was for real. As timing had it I was in a position to hire another instructor at the end of the summer and I told Robbie that he would have an up front 6 month interview for the job if he was interested. The eyes got even brighter. He didn’t dissapoint. As I have done in the past with Alex Van der Linden (now Governors Club DOI) and Seth Merz (current Junior Golf Director/staff instructor), I try to keep it in the family. He did an exceptional job. He continued to ask the tough questions, be curious, did the little stuff that most young men would deem as mundane or ordinary, believed in my philosophy and program and even filmed and documented my lessons to help me create content which is as selfless as it can get. He passed the test. So I am pleased to say that on August 1st, Robbie Failes will be a full-time PGA teaching professional at the Carmel Golf Academy at one of the best Country Clubs in the Country, Carmel Country Club. I am very excited to have him as part of my instructional team. Huge thank you to my other superstar, Seth Merz, for helping me mentor Robbie and assisting him in many ways but most importantly welcoming him into the CGA family. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the both of you. Robbie, welcome to #TeamCGA, you have earned it.
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Here is an interview with one of my students at Carmel CC that has been with me for a few years and has bought into the idea of “Long Term Coaching”. This talk was purely impromptu so thank you Jon Watkins for taking the time and for the kind words. This is why I love my job so much and think Carmel is such a special place because of passionate golfers like Jon. I hope you enjoy the talk
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Three years ago I transformed my teaching into purely “Long Term Coaching Programs” which include supervised practices with the team #teamguru. Here is an opening presentation of a full swing session with a few guys where I discuss the difference between “blocked vs. random” practice and the key to getting your range swing to the golf course. I had the help of my son, Nicklaus who is one of the top juniors in NC. He was gracious enough to hit some shots for us and talk about what we are working on together.
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Here is my presentation from last years “Guru Workshop” that I hosted at Carmel CC. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to share. You never know, you might be asked to speak at the next one
Its always fun to do podcasts and get to share my story. In this interview with Bernard Sheridan we discuss how i got into the game and a little background about my career as well as some tidbits on my personal life and teaching philosophy. I hope you enjoy and don’t be afraid to share
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Here is a short clip of my talk that I did at my 2nd Guru Workshop (4 years ago) with John Graham on my ultimate goal in the golf business. Amazing how so much of this has come to fruition. I hope you enjoy as I bear a little of my soul and how I have made some changes in my life and my mindset.
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Here is a short video from one of our presenters at Guru Workshop 17, Jon Tattersall talking about the body/swing connection. Sign up for the workshop by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you at Carmel CC on March 13th
Year 6 Is Going To Be Big!
For those of you that know me well and have followed my career understand that I have 3 goals: 1) Provide Education for other instructors 2)Mentor others “pass it on” and 3) Build relationships. My workshops have been my small way of moving myself and others in that direction by bringing together the best instructors in the game to share their knowledge and expertise. I have selfishly grown as a coach through presenting and being around all of these great people who I am most grateful. This year I have put together another great lineup of expert coaches that will make for a fantastic day of learning and networking. Over the last 5 years we have had over 350 attendees (teachers, college coaches, PGM students, golf professionals) from 8 different states. This year I want to make it even bigger!! I am very fortunate to work at one of the finest golf facilities in the country in Carmel Country Club, so I hope you can join us at the 6th annual “Guru’s Teaching and Coaching Workshop.” Here are the details and our line up of speakers for this year.
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Location: Carmel CC – 4735 Carmel Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226
Date: Monday, March 13th
Time: 8:30 – 6:30 (presentations plus q & a with live lessons)
Cost: 275.00 (includes lunch)*** PGM students 225.00
Let’s meet this years coaches:
Jon originally from England, began his career as an assistant in the United States at CCNC in 1988. During his tenure at CCNC he worked for the legendary PGA member Buck Adams and played numerous rounds of golf and took lessons from E. Harvie Ward. Jon’s first Head Golf Professional position was at Landfall Country Club followed by Porters Neck Plantation, both in Wilmington, NC. In 1998 Jon moved to Atlanta, GA to open a learning center with GOLF Magazine Top 100 instructor and ABC commentator Gary Smith. Through a mutual friend Jon met Todd Townes, a performance-conditioning specialist who worked with several PGA Tour professionals, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB athletes. Together they began working to improve their client’s performance. In 2007 Jon and Todd founded Terminus Club (now Fusion ATL) in Atlanta, GA. This facility became their base to measure athletic golf performance and develop training protocols. The facility has four physical therapists, performance strength coaches, stretch therapists, massage therapists, 3D motion analysis systems for swing and putting. Fusion ATL recently signed a partnership agreement with Peachtree Orthopedic Group and a marketing agreement with Northside Hospital to promote wellness programs and performance training to kids in the Atlanta Metro area. Jon has worked with PGA Tour, Web.com, LPGA, European Tour winners, members of Ryder Cup Teams and a winner of The Open Championship. In recent years Jon has coached winners of the following PGA Tour Awards: The PGA Tour Vardon Trophy Winner and Web.com Player of the Year.
Titleist Performance Institute Advisory Board Member
Georgia PGA Teacher of the year 2014
Georigia PGA Chapter Teacher of the Year 2012
GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2007 -2014
Golf Digest’s Teacher by State list 2004 -2014
John Dunigan has been coaching for 26 years. He was named the Philadelphia PGA Section Teacher of the year in 2008 and 2016. He has been on Golf Digest’s Top Teachers in Pennsylvania list for eight consecutive years. John is a certified Laser Optics Putting Instructor, a program designed by world-renowned putting specialist, Mike Shannon, from Sea Island GA. He is a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Fitness Instructor. John is also a Certified Golf Coach, through Dr. Rick Jensen, one of the top golf psychologists / motor learning experts in the country.
John specializes in talent development, particularly with junior golfers. He understands that “talent is not inherited. It is earned.” His approach is based upon helping his students acquire the golf skills required to move through the four stages of learning and play the game at the expert level. Many golfers get lost in a never-ending search for the perfect swing (which does not exist), rather than acquiring the essential skills of ball-control, decision-making, and self-control that are required to play the game at a high level.
James Ridyard is a leading golf instructor, researcher and co-owner of the Short Game Secrets brand which brings some of the highest selling independently produced instructional videos to the industry. As an instructor he spends the majority of his time working with elite players and has spent time coaching on all the major professional tours but also ensures that he spends time working with players of all levels at his home base in the UK.
James received the great honour of being invited to speak at the PGA of America’s Teaching & Coaching Summit in January 2015. Grabbing the opportunity with both hands James delivered one of the most talked about presentations of the summit, receiving great reviews from a large number of attendees. This success led to James being named as one of Golf Magazines Innovators in the 2015 list and an invitation to speak at his home PGA’s Teaching & Coaching Conference later in the year.
2015 saw James present to more than 2000 coaches and players across more than 10 countries working with various PGA’s and National Federations while continuing to research and develop his ideas on high performance wedge play. In a refreshing contrast to much of the teaching industry James isn’t one to shy away from sharing his information and sees every opportunity to present to a group as a chance to positively influence a larger number of golfers than he ever could on the lesson tee.
While continuing to research and develop himself and his ideas James takes great pride in providing the highest level of full swing and short game coaching available, something you can be sure of is that no stone will be left unturned in helping you achieve your potential.
Director of Operations, The Vidanta Golf Academies
23 Years of Full-Time Instructional Experience
Golf Magazine “Top 100 Teacher”
Golf Digest “Top Teacher”
Golf Tips “Top 25 Instructor”
Trackman University “Master/Partner”
The Golfing Machine G.S.E.D. Authorized Instructor
Golf Digest “Top 20 Teachers Under 40” Alumnus
Golf Digest “Best Young Teachers” Alumnus
Tim’s instructional articles have been featured in Golf Illustrated and Golf Digest. He has additionally made several guest appearances on Golf Channel’s “The Turn” as well as an instructional segment which ran this year on Golf Channel.com’s “Weekly Fix.”
Jason Sutton, originally from St. Albans, West Virginia, is a P.G.A. Class A Teaching professional and the Director Of Instruction at the prestigious Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC. A former Head Golf Professional, Jason has been teaching and coaching golf for 24 years.
Nicknamed “The Guru” by one of his colleagues and referred by his students, Jason was ranked #4 in North Carolina in 2013 and #9 in 2007 by Golf Digest. He was voted one of the top teachers in the South East Region by Golf Magazine in 2006. Jason has is one of the newest members of the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America list. Jason Coaches golfers of all abilities but specializes in teaching Mini Tour players, low handicappers and elite juniors. He has coached numerous players on the Web.Com, PGA Latin America, Swing Thought tour, LPGA and Symetra tour and Division 1 college players. He is Aimpoint certified and uses technology such as Trackman, SAM Putt Lab and Boditrak pressure mat in his training. Jason has published many articles in magazines such as: Golf Illustrated, Publinks Magazine, The Turn Golf magazine, Metrolina golf, Triad Golf Today, travelgolf.com and golfinstruction.com. He maintains a very active golf blog called golfgurutv.com. He has been a regular guest of popular radio shows such as: Global Golf Radio PGAtour.com with Virgil Herring and Ned Michaels, The Dewsweepers golf show on Sirius/XM PGA Tour radio with Tony Ruggerio and Maginnes on Tap with John Maginnes.
- Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers In America List 2017
- Ranked #4 in the State of North Carolina by Golf Digest in 2016
- Ranked #7 in the State of North Carolina by Golf Digest in 2013
- Ranked #9 in the State of North Carolina by Golf Digest in 2007
- Carolinas PGA Section Horton Smith Award Winner 2015
- Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year 2013
- AimPoint Green Reading Certified since 2011
- Trackman, SAM Putt Lab, Bodi-Trak, D-Plane and K-Vest certified
- Teaches all levels of golfers but specializes in Mini-tour players and elite juniors
- Specializes in teaching putting and using technology to help his players