My Imaginary Interview On The Tim Ferris Show – Tribe Of Mentors

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I’m a big fan of high achieving people who enjoy sharing information and challenge the learning curve and push themselves in all areas of their life which is why I think I was drawn to Mr. Timothy Ferris’ work and podcast. Through his podcast and connecting with so many successful people, I bought his latest book, Tribe of Mentors. I thought it was a great idea which involves Tim reaching out to successful people in different spaces of business, entertainment, sports and music and asking them a series of 11 questions. This brilliant idea gleaned so many interesting and helpful ideas of what made these people great at what they do and it is a must read. I am sure that I was on that list that he sent out and that the email must have got caught in my spam so I thought I would give the questions a shot as to see what I would come up with IF Asked to be a part of this project. It definitely was an exercise that forced me to be uncomfortably transparent and reflect on some of the things that have helped me along the way, failures and high points in my life. So I hope you enjoy this little FAKE interview that I made up in my own monkey brain……oh and go buy the book! Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferris

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Tim: Hello boys and girls and welcome to another episode of the Tim Ferris Show where it is my job to explore the stories, tactics, strategies, habits etc. from people who are the best at what they do. This episode is a very special episode as it delivers the typical high performance ideas, book recommendations etc. but it is unique in the fact that my guest is from the golf teaching business which is a first for my podcast.  I am not a great golfer, but I think you will find that my guest, Jason Sutton A.K.N as the “The Guru” can bring an interesting perspective on personal development strategies, dealing with adversity, overcoming obstacles and success habits that you can apply to any profession or occupation. The Guru is a Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor and is ranked #1 in North Carolina by Golf Digest. He is currently the PGA Director of Instruction at the prestigious, Carmel CC located in Charlotte, NC where he has been for 6 years. So without further ado, let’s get to my conversation with Jason Sutton.

Tim: After speaking with you in preparing this interview, I wasn’t surprised so much that you are so well read in the golf instruction space but that you have read so many books outside of your comfort zone with topics such as personal development, marketing, business and coaching from other sports. My first question is “What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are the three books that have greatly influenced you life?

Jason: That is a great question as I am a believer that certain things (i.e books, information, people, opportunities show up in your life for a reason) so as a young professional in the late 90’s I embarked on a personal development journey that included books and cd’s (automobile university)  that would start to shape my thinking and my career in many different ways. I am sad to say that I haven’t gifted as many books as I should but I did recently gift your latest book “Tribe of Mentors” to my staff (host kiss up). So I will start from the beginning with:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – book written in 1937 and was the original personal development bible. I learned the importance of creating a “mastermind” crew or what I now call my “personal board of directors” stolen from one of your guests, surrounding myself with people who will have a positive influence on my life and that have my best interest at heart. Success coaches like Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy and Zig Ziglar have learned from the research done by Napoleon Hill. 

How to Win Friends and Influence People  by Carnegie, The Servant Leader by James Autry, Anything by John Maxwell especially: Failing Forward, Thinking for a Change, the 21 indispensible qualities of a leader, the Success Journey and the 101 series…..

Shackelton’s Way, Leadership Lessons  – the story of the great antarctic explorer. I learned that matching up certain personality types that have the continuous learning gene is way more important than always hiring the most qualified person for your staff and also how important it is to equip your team with the necessary tools to succeed (technology, skills training and knowledge)

Presentations Plus by David Peoplessomething that I refer to many times when preparing for speeches

The Power of Who by Bob Beudine, How Full Is Your Bucket by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

In 2009 I read Crush It, The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck. It had a massive impact on how I have created my brand and online presence. I am currently reading his new book, Crushing It which should be great as well

As I said earlier, I started getting much of my information by listening to CD’s that I had burned from the internet. I listened to at least an hour per day (typically my ride to and from work) of lectures or personal development programs that I call Automobile University. I still do this as now it is podcasts or audio books (PM me for my favorite podcasts) . My favorites were Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy and Dennis Waitley. I not only learned from the information they were providing but I paid close attention to their audio delivery, tone, story telling and the way they organized their presentations. I use these tactics to this day when I do talks. 

Jason: I know that is more than you asked but thought it may be useful to your listeners. I didn’t even go into my coaching and golf books. For another show!

Tim: quite all right, that is great stuff! What purchase of $100 of less has most positively impacted you life in the last six months?

Jason: They are a little more than $100.00 but I would have to say my On Ghost running shoes. I started running consistently about 13 years ago and have even ran 2 3/4 marathons and 4 half marathons in the past 10 years but I have gotten off track in the last couple of years. Starting about 5 months ago I rededicated myself to fitness and nutrition. I have lost 20 pounds and have gotten back into about half marathon running shape. It doesn’t do us any good to set big goals that our body and health can’t keep up with so my new Swiss running shoes (I own 2 pair) have been an important tool for this new transformation. I still have 8-10 pounds to go to reach my goal. p.s. my new stretch goal is to complete an Ultra Marathon…shhh!

Tim: You are speaking my language as you know I am big on fitness and nutrition. What has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?

Jason: I think every successful person has experienced failures over the years. It is how you respond to these failures is what makes us great! The failure that was now the best thing that ever happened to myself and my career was when I had my first Head Pro job at the age of 28. I was an assistant that was promoted to head professional after the former HP left for another job. I was green and inexperienced and put in charge of a rather large operation. It was a single owner operation so it was a big adjustment to be the leader of a large staff and a big operation. after my GM who was my former boss that hired me left for another job, they went through 2 more General Managers in less than 3 years which didn’t make it easy. Regardless of the situation, I was not happy with my role and the direction the club was moving aside from the fact that my added responsibility was pulling me farther and farther from passion which was teaching, it was time to make a change. Come to find that the last GM had plans to bring in his own staff which pushed me out the door. As I said things happen for a reason and this allowed me to do a deep dive into what made me truly happy and to start to double down on my strengths which was helping people play better golf (teaching and coaching). I shortly after got my biggest break of my career when teaching legend, Ms. Dana Rader hired me to be a part of her staff at her top 25 golf school. This is when my career took off as I now had one binary goal and that was to become the best golf instructor that I could become which is what I strive to do everyday even now. 

Tim: If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with the anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? 

Jason: One of my favorite quotes and one that I end a lot of my talks with is by Zig Ziglar — “If you help enough other people get what they want, you can have everything that you want!” For the act of sharing, mentoring others and lending help is not designed to get something in return even though we know that the law of paying it forward is strong in this way but it is because it is the right thing to do and also its about the type of person that we become and how it makes us feel to help others reach their goals. My mission in life is to leave a LEGACY that my wife and kids will be proud of, simple as that.  

Tim: I totally agree. Sound advice for sure! What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love? 

Jason: I gave this a lot of thought and I thought of what my wife would say is something that drives her crazy that I do and it is watching old movies several times over. For some reason I have always been fascinated with the movie business ever since I took a film class in college. When I find a film that interests me, I pick it apart from lighting, camera angles, actors lines to scripts. I spend too much time on the IMDB app for sure which is a problem. I love the show “Off Camera” with Sam Jones where he interviews actors and directors. I am fascinated with the entire process of the movie business. It does take up alot of my time but I feel like I get quality movie lines and thought-provoking feelings from a good or crappy movie sometimes. It does create great material for golf lessons though.

Tim: In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

Jason: I would have to say getting into distance running has had a massive influence on my life. When my wife was pregnant with my daughter, Brittanie (now 18) I gained a bunch of weight as dads tend to do when your wife is eating crazy food when pregnant. After she was born I felt like I needed to make a change in my health so I started running to get in shape. After a few failed attempts, I decided to do what I always do when I don’t know something, so I bought a book on running (Run-Walk-Run by Galloway) which got me running consistently without killing myself or getting hurt all the time. I signed up for my first 10k and did pretty good and I was hooked. Then I met my good friend Steve Hightower which changed my life. Steve was a new golfer that showed up to one of my beginning golf clinics wearing an iron man triathlon visor. So we struck up a convo about fitness and running and he said “Have you ever thought about running a marathon?” I said hell no, I’m too fat and slow for that kind of non sense! He said that he had done several and that I could do it with the right training plan….sounds like golf huh? Turns out he was a tri Athlon coach for Team in Training. Steve said if you teach me to play golf then I will teach to run far. So in typical Guru OCD fashion, I went from 10k to 26.2 (which I don’t recommend). I finished the Chicago marathon in 2006 with his guidance and since then have done several half marathons, run almost 2 more (see blog about marathon accident) full marathons and still feel like a have a few left on the bucket list. Steve and I meet once a week (when we aren’t injured)with some other friends which I cherish very much. Our friendship is invaluable. I use running as a time to think and reflect as I have come up with so many great ideas on long runs, aside from the fact that  it makes me feel good about myself and gives me more energy to enjoy life. It also makes me feel like an athlete again which is important to me which is why I love the races. Even though I have gone through a few times where I have been inconsistent, running will always be a part of my life as long as I can do it. The process of training and completing a marathon will change your life for sure as it did mine.

Tim: What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore

Jason: Seek out your mentors wisely. You will know right away the ones whom have your best interest at heart. I would encourage them to reach out to as many people that they respect in their field as possible and figure out how to spend time with them. It is so easy now with social media. DM as many people as you care to learn from and be prepared for some to say no.  Whether its having lunch, phone calls or see if they can come and shadow them while they work. Be an information gatherer, study as much about how human behavior, body language and persuasion and don’t get caught up in the minutia. The more you DO, that stuff will start to make sense. Don’t be afraid to fail and make mistakes. If you live or work afraid to screw up it means that you aren’t putting yourself in situations where you are uncomfortable which stunts your  growth. So do things that stretch you and make you uncomfortable such as volunteering to speak to a group. As Gary V says, “Macro patience and Micro speed. Learn as fast as you can but you have to be patient when it comes to validation and notoriety. It is not that important and will come later if you do the work.  Study, Practice, Teach….learn as much as you can about your craft from your mentors, Practice – get in a position to be able to do what you want as much as possible (even if it’s for FREE). Volunteer to intern somewhere that you want to work and figure out how to make it happen. Building your skills is much more important than money at first, the money will follow if you work your face off, and TEACH – don’t forget to pass it to someone else as this will keep you sharp and continue the chain for learning and mentoring. Lastly, always give credit to where you learned something that has helped you along the way. No one gets to the mountain top alone so show respect to the ones that helped get  you there. 

Tim: What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

The latest debate is that Technology is ruining the teaching game. Understand that technology only allows us to measure what the golfer, the club and the ball are doing. Technology has no philosophy or bias on the way you should diagnose the problem in front of you, it only gives you accurate answers that helps us be more efficient with the prescription. It is still up to the coach to give the diagnosis, communicate the what, why and how and to get the student to change behaviors, habits and motor patterns. Most people who are down on these devices haven’t spent enough time learning the information and how they work so they misjudge what they don’t understand. OK, I’m off my soapbox…

Tim: You seem very passionate about this subject

Jason: I’m passionate about things that could possibly hold my profession back and this is a big one

Tim: In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc) What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?

When your reputation starts to grow and when you are recognized as a leader in your industry, people want more and more of your time. Look, when I started in this business, I set out to be the best teacher on the planet and that is still my goal,  so I am not complaining one bit but I have to learn to say no to things that take time away from my family, my staff and my students which is difficult for me to do. I am too nice a guy sometimes so I tend to say yes to every request so I am still working on that one. I just want to help everybody which I am finding I can’t do.

Tim: When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? (What questions do you ask yourself?)

Jason: Typically when I get this feeling of being overwhelmed it is because I haven’t prepared early enough and things start to pile up on me. For example, if I am putting together a presentation for a speaking engagement and I wait until the last-minute to do it, take notes and practice it…then I get overwhelmed. I am working on getting more organized so this doesn’t happen as often. If I am anxious about something like a big talk I’m getting ready to do or maybe an important lesson, I will ask the question….What is the worst thing that could happen? and usually it calms me down.  I have a difficult time turning my brain off and don’t sleep very well at times so I have been experimenting with Mindful Meditation for the first time so hopefully it will give me some better focus where I will have less anxiety over things that I cannot control 

Tim: Well Jason this was great! I am sorry that it took so long to get you on but we will have to do it again very soon

Jason: Tim it was an honor to be on the show. I love and respect your work and I appreciate you allowing me to share my story. Best of luck with your new book. I will spread the word to as many as I can


zzzz……..And then I woke up as it was only a dream. But if we can’t dream then we won’t stretch ourselves to be better. 

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Full Swing Coaching Program Practice with Team Guru with special guest Nicklaus Sutton

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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Guru’s Teaching and Coaching Workshop 2017 #guruworkshop17



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 Tattersall

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,, 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 Player of the Year.

Jons accolades:

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

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

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.



Tom Stickney

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 Cooke

Tim Cooke comes to The Sea Pines Resort from Hilton Head Island’s Long Cove Club where he was director of instruction. Formerly he was the head professional / instructor at Wade Hampton Golf Club (Cashiers, N.C.). Tim is also cofounder of GOLFPREP – an elite junior training academy. He holds a master’s degree in pedagogy from the University of Virginia. In 2009, Tim was awarded “Master Professional in Instruction” status by the PGA of America. In 2014, Tim was named the “Teacher of the Year” for the Carolinas PGA Section. Due to his work with junior golfers, he was recognized as a “U.S. Kids Top 50 Instructor” (2009). Tim has been named to Golf Digest’s “Best Young Teachers” (2010 – 2015). Golf Digest also recognized him as one of “Best Teachers in South Carolina” for 2015 / 2016. In 2015, Tim was selected as a Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional. In the past three years alone 15 juniors who have been coached by Tim have made the jump from junior to collegiate golf. Tim has also worked with, or is currently instructing, players on the, LPGA and PGA TOUR.
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’s “Weekly Fix.”
Jason Sutton

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, and He maintains a very active golf  blog called He has been a regular guest of popular radio shows such as: Global Golf Radio 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
 Big thank you to all of those who have supported this event in the past. Please don’t be afraid to share by using the share buttons at the bottom. Let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you in March!!
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Guru Teaching/Coaching Workshop 15 Video Now Available

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Guru Workshop 15

I know it has been a couple of months but I finally have the videos of my “Guru Workshop 15” edited and uploaded. This was a great day in which over 70 golf professionals and college coaches came together at my home, Carmel CC and watched and learned from a star-studded cast of presenters that included: Cameron McCormick, myself, Kirk Oguri, James Ridyard, John Graham and James Hong. The presentations and information were outstanding and the day ended with James Ridyard giving 2 wedge lessons for the group at the Carmel Golf Academy. Thanks to my outstanding staff, Josh Spragins, Maggie Simons and Seth Merz, the videos came out great and are now available to purchase for those who couldn’t make it this year. It includes: James Ridyards private lessons,  James Hong’s Brian Manzella impression, My multi-color vineyard vine shirt and my always overuse of the word “deal”, Kirk Oguris Ninja wedge skills and his beautiful hair and Cameron’s video of Jordan Spieth as a 12 year old and his incredible vocabulary:)

******Unfortunately due to  information that will appear in upcoming “Short Game Secrets” videos….John Graham and James Ridyard’s presentation will not be available. You will just have to go see them live or book them at your facility or you will just have to make sure you make it next year:)

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The price for the  entire 7 hours of footage is $85.00

If you are interested, please email me at and you can pay through my paypal account. Here is a few clips of the all of the presenters so you can get a taste of how the product came out.

Due to the outstanding feed back from this years workshop, I will be hosting and presenting another one next year at about the same time so I hope that you will be able to make it as I plan on making it bigger and better (If that is possible) but I have an idea that might just blow you away! Have a great 2015




“Guru’s Teaching and Coaching Workshop” on March 31st (Details Inside)

I am excited to announce that for the 3rd year, I will be hosting my teaching workshop at DSC_0340Carmel CC on Monday, March 31st. I started this workshop 3 years ago where I presented by myself. Year 2 I started to add top teachers like John Graham to come and present which brought it to whole other level. This year I am proud to be joined by Andrew Rice, Director of Instruction at Berkeley Hall in Hilton Head, SC. This will make for an exciting, interactive learning experience for all involved. The cost is 200.00 per person which includes lunch and (8) MSR Credits. The Theme of this year is: “Using todays technology and research with yesterdays language to help your students improve”

I have already had quite a response from pros from different states but I hope that the pros in the Carolinas take advantage of this outstanding educational opportunity. Here is more about your speakers and what will be covered:

Jason Sutton, Jason is the Director of Instruction at Carmel CC in Charlotte, NC and is the 2013 Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year, will be hosting a workshop designed to take your teaching and coaching skills to the next level. Jason will share the knowledge acquired from over 23 years of teaching experience and thousands of hours on the lesson tee which will include his framework for teaching full swing and putting, keys to success through personal development and will also unveil his putting research using the SAM Putt Lab data and how to use it to help your students improve their putting. Jason utilizes technology such as TrackMan and SAMPuttLab to help his students improve at an accelerated rate.

John Graham. John is the Director of Instruction at Webster Golf Club in Rochester New York, Ranked #21 in New York by Golf Digest, A DSC_0288Senior AimPoint green reading Instructor that specializes in teaching putting. John will discuss the common myths in putting and green reading and share how to properly assess your students in a putting lesson coupled with SAMPuttLab data research on real life situations.  He is also expert in social media and will share his story of how social media has helped him grow his business and how it can help you and your facility.

Andrew Rice , Andrew is the Director of Instruction at Berkeley Hall where his students learn to understand, and better control, the factors that influence the flight of their golf ball. He has been teaching golf for almost 25 years and uses current teaching technology such as TrackMan and Swing Catalyst to help golfers of all abilities improve. He is one of nine TrackMan Partners and is also a SwingCatalyst Ambassador.

Originally from South Africa, Andrew Rice has been involved with the game of golf for more than 35 years. Andrew will share his experience with teaching with TrackMan and Swing Catalyst to help his students improve.Guru and Brandon Roby

What Will Be Covered

This will be an interactive day of mentoring, sharing and improving you’re teaching skills. Here are topics that will be discussed:

  • The 5 Mastermind Skills that every teacher should know – The CGA Framework
  • The art of moving and manipulation the student to create pattern changes
  • How to use technology such as Trackman, Swing Catalyst and SAMPuttLab to speed up the learning processcropped-trackman.jpg
  • Understanding Ground Forces and how to teach it to your studenturl
  • Teaching Putting at the Next Level – Learn the 5 Most Important Aspects of Putting  and how to teach them
  • S.A.M. Putt Lab Data and research will be revealed that will dispel the “most common myth in putting”will collins acceleration profiles
  • How to use social media to drive business, create brand awareness and improve your teaching skills
  • An Introduction to AimPoint Green Reading and the most common myths that you must know as an instructorcropped-cropped-makeeverythinglogo.jpg
  • How to set up a coaching programs to increase your bottom line and add value to your students

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Hope to see you at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show!


The #1 Myth In Putting and How To Change It

In my last article I discussed what I feel is the most important factor in distance control (feel and touch) in the putting stroke. Aside from knowing how to read greens ( controlling the distance your ball rolls is critical. How do myths and misconceptions is golf get started? Someone has an idea, tries it, feels like it works and shares it with someone else. The word spreads and we have a myth or fact. The difference is that a fact is researched, tested with accurate data and hard numbers. I trust the numbers. Since having a data collector like the S.A.M. Putt lab, my staff and I have been able to learn a lot about what creates a great putting stroke and we have been able to help more of our players improve with some simple ideas and drills.

Cruise Through Impact don’t punch it!

Good putters arrive at impact mostly at a constant acceleration rate which means that their peak velocity is before impact. In my opinion, the average golfer overaccelerates because of 3 reasons:

1. They have been told by their buddies or other golf pros that when they leave a putt short they decelerated

Over acceleration
Over acceleration

2. they don’t have enough backswing  because they are trying not to make a mistake (tentative). They think shorter is more efficient

3. The don’t have enough speed in the backswing to have a smooth acceleration rate through impact.


How To Change It

The best way to change this profile, smooth out the stroke and also create some balance to the length of the stroke is as follows:

1. Take the putter back with more speed

2. If it is too short for the length of the stroke, add some length. (trial and error)

Constant Acceleration
Constant Acceleration

3. Don’t forget to brake at the finish (don’t be sloppy)

****You must get your putter velocity up to speed sooner in order to create a (cruising) through impact.

Consistency In Whatever you do Is Key

I understand that their are good players that can overaccelerate prior to impact and putt pretty good. But the best players arent always the best putters and can always improve. Whatever you do if you do it with a high consistency rate with repeatability you can make it work.

Closing Remarks – Results and Testing

I have shared this idea with few LPGA Tour players  EGolf pros, elite juniors, top amateurs including our club champ and many every day golfers and they it always makes sense to them and they have improved so their is something to it. I will keep testing it and researching it.

Let me know what you think, if you can improve on it or am I completely out of my mind. All I want to do is share great information with other golf coaches and help players play better.

Thanks for reading and don’t be afraid to share!

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My Masters Week and Picks From A Proud Father’s Prospective

I am pretty sure that all fathers want to give their kids a life that they didn’t have as a child. In my case I am so fortunate to have two wonderful kids, Brittanie (13) and Nicklaus (11). At one time they both played golf but in the last couple of years, Nicklaus Palmer has really gotten the bug for this great sport. As a teaching professional are kids are often looked at as that they are supposed to be golfers and they are supposed to be good at it just because their dad could play or teach. This isn’t always the case as we know and as we slip the parent hat on and take the coach hat off at times we have to make a decision, how much should we push our kids into golf? In this unusual place we run the risk of having the child hate the game forever and often times maybe resent what dad does for a living as we are often away from the house more than normal dads are. In my case with Nick and Britt, I never pushed golf on them. I made a conscious effort to give them the opportunity but to never make it mandatory for them to learn. They both gravitated out of curiosity to the pee-wee clinics and junior clinics at the Dana Rader Golf School which at least game them a glimpse of what it was all about. They both started about 3-4 years old. As Brittanie got older and decided to not play golf any longer and Nick took a liking to football I didn’t think either one of them would grow to love golf as I did as a kid which was fine with me as long as they were happy and active I didn’t care.


Being in the same town  as a PGA tour event is very cool and I would always take the family out the Wells Fargo Championship for the day to see the best in the world play. The kids enjoyed it and it soon lit a fire under Nicklaus as he would start to beg me to bring him to work so he could practice and play like (Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson). These guys really do have an influence on young people and I feel great that Nick has some outstanding role models including the members at Carmel Country Club that are so nice as he comes out to practice and play every chance he gets. We just finished up his spring break and he didn’t miss a day of practice at the club. The cool thing is I don’t have to ask him to practice, he just loves it. It has been so neat to see how much he has improved in the last year and a half as he plays his junior tournaments and drags me out onto the golf course whenever I can to give me a run. His first official US Kids tournament about 2 years ago he shot 116. Yesterday after attending the Masters Monday, he shot 35 for 9 holes from the white tees. Hard work paying off for sure as I have never seen a kid practice harder and try to gather information more for an 11-year-old. I keep giving him info and I can’t fill him up which is fun. So back to giving him more than I had……………………….I never had a country club to practice as the only country club that I had been the one I was working at and that has not changed and I never got to go to the Masters until I moved to the Carolinas in 1997 and I havent missed a year. So here is my latest Masters memory through the eyes of an 11-year-old for those who havent heard it yet (if you don’t follow me on twitter)


It was a typical day that started at 4 a.m. as we traveled to Augusta. We were the first ones through the gate as we made our way to the perfect practice area and range to watch Nicks favorite player, Webb Simpson, warm up and head to the first tee. We walked around with Webb for his 9 holes and then proceeded to have a few pimento cheese and egg salad sandwiches along the way as we watched the other players on the course practice and play. Nick was extra interested in the young 14-year-old from China as he was only 2 years older than him as he dreamed of playing Augusta at that age. The kid handled himself with maturity beyond his years.  As the day started to wind down, we heard that Tiger was on the practice range so we headed that way. We watched Tiger hit some bunker shots and some putts as he headed out to play a late nine. Thinking our only chance of getting to see him for the last time we must go several holes out so we camped out behind #16 tee with some friends that I ran into. The crowd was getting enormous as they had the same idea of seeing number 1 in the world hit a couple of shots into the green. In the meantime, Peter Hanson from Sweden came up by himself to the tee. I struck up a conversation about the yardage and how I thought my son could hit that green if he had the chance. He couldn’t have been a nicer guy and not thinking it would ever happen, after he hit his shot to the green, he asked me what club would the boy need to hit a shot. Yes, he called Nick out onto the tee to hit a tee shot on #16 at Augusta. As he walked out I couldn’t help think of how nervous I would have been and how incredibly calm he seemed to be as he handed him his 6 iron and went through his pre shot routine like we have worked on a thousand times. Hit the pretty good shot under the circumstances with a crowd cheering like crazy. I couldn’t have been prouder and I can’t thank Mr. Hanson enough for creating such a lasting memory for a young passionate golfer. He obviously gets it! He also is now one of mine and Nicks favorite players for sure. As this was all going on, I completely choked with the video camera and only managed a picture. Luckily a great guy sitting beside me videoed the whole thing and put it on you tube. Enjoy the video and thank you for letting me rant as a proud father of both my kids. I love them so much. The only way it could have been better is if my wife, father and mother in law and my parents could have been there to witness it. Creating memories for sure!

My picks for this years Masters:

1. Justin Rose

2. Webb Simpson

3. Peter Hanson

4. Rory Mcilroy

5. Bo Van Pelt

Have a great week and enjoy the Masters




The Guru On Maginnes On Tap SiriusXM PGA Tour

I wanted to share an interview that I did with John Maginnes on his XM Radio Show “Maginnes On Tap”. John was so nice to have me on his “Teacher Tuesdays” segment where we talk about AimPoint, D-Plane and take a few calls to help some of the listeners with their game. It was fun to do and I hope to be a guest on the show again soon.

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