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Eric C. Wilson, Ph. D.
PGA Legacy Master Professional Executive Director of Golf Operations, The College of Golf

Dr. Eric C. Wilson is a PGA Master Professional in Instruction, one of 430 out of 28,000 PGA Members and Apprentices. Being a member of the College’s PGA faculty allows him to live, work, and play in Port St Lucie, home of the PGA Education Center, where he trains both PGA Members and Apprentices. In 1996, Dr. Wilson became Campus Director for the San Diego Golf Academy (SDGA), and later was the Campus Director at three of the four SDGA campuses, opening two of them from inception. He was listed by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the best teachers in South Carolina for six years in a row, and has over 12,000 hours of classroom teaching experience and has given over 10,000 individual golf lessons.

  • PGA Legacy Master Professional in Instruction
  • Impact Zone Golf Master Instructor (one of 19 worldwide)
  • PGA Master Professional Adjunct Faculty Member in Instruction (one of 17 worldwide)
  • PGA PGMP Adjunct Faculty Member (one of 40 worldwide)
  • Chairman, Special Olympics North America Golf Committee
  • 2010 PGA National Conrad Rehling Award
  • 2005 Carolinas Section PGA Horton Smith Award
  • 2002 Carolinas Section PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award
  • 1994 Southwest Section PGA Horton Smith Award
  • Golf Digest Best Teachers in the Country Recognition 2000-2005
  • Executive Director of Golf Operations,
  • Keiser University College of Golf, 2009-Present
  • President, Golf Learning Systems, 2008-2009
  • Campus Director, SDGA Phoenix/San Diego/Myrtle Beach, 1996-2008
  • Director of Golf, Sun City Country Club, 1993-1996
  • Director of Golf, Country Meadows Golf Club, 1990-1993
  • Three course records, two at 8-under par and one at 6-under par
  • Competed in 1976 British Amateur Championship at St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Numerous US Air Force and amateur victories, including the 1967 College Athletic Conference Championship
  • Retired after 20 years of service in the United States Air Force with rank of Lieutenant Colonel
  • Awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal

Golf is a game.  Play it and have fun.  If you can’t have fun, don’t play it.

What to Expect When You Take a Lesson from Me

THE LESSON IS YOUR LESSON.  I am there to provide whatever help you want.  I will do everything within my power to help you get what you want.

I will EDUCATE you. I will teach you the Five Dynamics of Impact-Based Instruction.  You will understand why the ball goes where it goes and why your body does what it does, both in the FULL SWING and in all aspects of the SHORT GAME, based on your skill level.

You will INTEGRATE your newfound knowledge into your own concept of club mechanics and swing mechanics. I will FACILITATE this integration by using TRANSFERABLE COMPETENCIES (skills you already have) to build on GOLF SKILL DEVELOPMENT.  I will identify your SWING COMPENSATIONS, which allow you to strike the ball to the best of your abilities

You will PARTICIPATE by incorporating your new knowledge into your actual ball-striking.

I will EVALUATE how well you have incorporated your new knowledge and changes into your club mechanics and swing mechanics.

I will work with you on your playing skills by helping you develop a mental and physical pre-shot routine and a practice methodology, which will allow you to “take it to the course.”

I will ENCOURAGE and MOTIVATE you to improve and have fun.

In summary, I will EXPLAIN what you want to know.  I will DEMONSTRATE what I tell you.  I will ask you to PRACTICE to get the feeling of the new club mechanics, swing mechanics, and the Five Dynamics of Impact. I will provide FEEDBACK on how well you incorporate the changes in your club and swing mechanics.

ABOVE ALL, MY APPROACH IS TO KEEP ALL ASPECTS OF MY INSTRUCTION AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE.

REMEMBER – Golf is a game.  Play it and have fun.  If you can’t have fun, don’t play it.

Brian Hughes
PGA Master Professional in Instruction Golf Program Director, The College of Golf

Brian Hughes is a PGA Master Professional in Instruction. Mr. Hughes comes to Keiser University after working for the San Diego Golf Academy, Carolinas Campus since 2004. He is an expert in golf education, having graduated from the Golf Academy of the South as Valedictorian. During his time at the TPC Avenel in Potomac, Maryland he assisted in the operation of six PGA TOUR events and played an integral role in the club being named one of Golf Shop Operations Magazine’s top 100 Golf Shops for five consecutive years. Later, as Head Golf Professional at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace in Centerville, Ohio, Brian was twice named the Southern Ohio PGA Merchandiser of the Year and was an extremely visible member of the community. Mr. Hughes went on to help develop two more facilities, Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope, Pennsylvania and Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville, Maryland. He brings to The College of Golf at Keiser University a wealth of educational, golf operations and tournament experience.

  • PGA Master Professional in Instruction
  • Impact Zone Golf Certified Instructor
  • Mitchell Certified Club Repair Technician
  • Mizuno Certified Golf Club Fitter
  • Ping Certified Golf Club Fitter
  • 1996 Southern Ohio PGA Merchandiser of the Year
  • 1996 Southern Ohio PGA Merchandiser of the Year
  • Golf Program Director, Keiser University College of Golf, 2009-Present
  • Associate Director, Golf Academy of the Carolinas, 2004 – 2009
  • General Manager, Musket Ridge Golf Club, 2001-2002
  • Head Golf Professional, Jericho National Golf Club, 1999-2001
  • Head Golf Professional, The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, 1994-1999
  • Assistant Golf Professional, Tournament Players Club at Avenel, 1989-1994
  • Assistant Golf Professional, Valhalla Golf Club, 1988-89

“It’s your time” are the best words to summarize my philosophy on teaching the game of golf.  The way they are said can force many meanings in golf, from “it’s your time, don’t waste it “to the more positive usage of “It’s your time to shine – play your best!”  This phrase with regards to a philosophy of instructing the game of golf means “It’s your time, what do you want to do with it?”

The answer to the question has a dramatic influence not just on the course of that lesson but on how all future development of the student’s game will occur.  It is the student’s time during a golf lesson and it is the student’s time away from that lesson, so what we work on together needs to be what the student wants to accomplish.  What their goals are leads to how every step of the process works and what aspect of the ways a student improves, through improvement in technique, equipment, physicality or mental game, we decide to emphasize that day.

Initial goal setting with the student involves an understanding of ball flight.  What is the golf ball doing now and what is the desired ball flight in terms of curvature, distance and trajectory.  The student needs an understanding of golf club mechanics as it relates to their current and desired ball flight, as the world’s best players have varied swings, but their common denominator is the club position at impact.

After this understanding is developed, emphasis shifts to how to get the club in the proper positions to achieve ball flight objectives. Particular emphasis is placed upon the foundation of the golf swing, pre-swing fundamentals.  Alignment and setup principles are critical to success and once proper starting points are determined, focus shifts to how to make those positions consistent from shot to shot.  A students’ grip is also analyzed, with an emphasis placed on whether or not their grip position, placement and pressure is conducive to the type of shots they want to play.

If pre-swing adjustments do not solely accomplish the student’s ball flight improvement goals, focus is adjusted to in-swing principles that are most important to reaching their goal.  Control of the golf club is the primary concern, as tempo, rhythm and timing are stressed along with helping the student understand to plan of action for the shot. As adjustments to the golf swing are difficult at best, the speed of the swing is important, as we tend to learn things best at a slower speed.

While proper positions of the golf swing vary from player to player, a common goal to be achieved during the swing is to get the golf club coming from the inside on the downswing.  From this delivery method, most all of the ideals of the powerful consistent golf swing can be achieved – full release, extension toward the target and proper balance can occur much more easily and almost without effort – the goal of any good golf swing.

The player’s physical strengths and limitations must be considered for one to play their best golf.  Everyone is built differently which is one of the reasons a “one size fits all” approach to golf instruction tends to work with some, but not with others. A player’s fitness level, athletic ability, flexibility, age, strength and physical disabilities all have to be dealt with in order to help a student reach their goals.

Golf equipment is yet another variable that must be considered.  Once again, a “one size fits all” approach can do more harm than good with a student.  In addition to the basic aspects of club fitting – club lie, shaft flex, length and the like – importance is placed upon the set makeup of the player’s bag.  The clubs available must fit the player’s skill level, strengths and weaknesses of their game and the courses they play.

A final component that ties everything together is the mental game and its’ influence on the student’s ability to reach their goals.  Strategy, course management, dealing with emotions and expectations are all factors to improvement.  Understanding the student and their goals is critical to helping the player deal with the many mental hurdles golf puts in our way to success.   A proper understanding can help the instructor accomplish the primary goal of golf instruction – giving the student a foundation for their definition of success at golf, be it on a competitive level or simply a diversion in the form of a game to be enjoyed for a lifetime.

David Wixson
PGA Master Professional Instructor, The College of Golf

David Wixson is a PGA of America Master Professional in Instruction, a distinction currently held by less than 3% of golf professionals in the nation. A graduate of Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Wixson began his professional career as assistant golf professional at Spring-Ford Country Club near Philadelphia before going to Doral Resort and Country Club where he had the unique privilege of studying the teaching methods of three top 100 golf instructors: Jim McLean, Jimmy Ballard and Kevin Walker. Mr. Wixson joined the Marriott Golf organization, working at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. He was later named the Director of Instruction at Marriott’s Stone Mountain Golf Club, and also served as Senior Instructor of the Faldo Golf Institute at Marriott’s Seaview Resort. Since 2003, Mr. Wixson has operated Golf Perfect, LLC and served as Lead Golf Instructor for both MC’s Golf Academy and National Golf Schools in the Atlantic City. Mr. Wixson brings to The College of Golf more than 20 years of professional experience in the golf industry and a true passion for the game, both of which he looks forward to sharing with our students.

  • PGA of America Master Professional in Instruction
  • Master of Science in Exercise Science & Sports Psychology, California University of PA
  • NASM Golf Fitness Specialist
  • Impact Zone Golf Certified Instructor
  • Certified Clubfitter for Titleist, TaylorMade, Mizuno, PING, Wilson
  • SeeMore Certified Putting Instructor/Fitter
  • Certified Shaft Fitter with True Temper and KBS
  • 1995 Dixie Section Resort Merchandiser of the Year
  • Golf Program Instructor – Keiser University College of Golf, 2010-Present
  • Owner – Golf Perfect, LLC 2000-2010
  • Senior Instructor – Faldo Golf Institute
  • Director of Instruction – Stone Mountain Golf Club
  • Lead Instructor – National Golf Schools
  • Men’s Club Champion – Juniata Golf Club, Phila., PA 1989
  • Low Professional – 1994 ARC of Baldwin County, AL Pro-Am

My teaching philosophy is based on the premise that any golfer can learn the correct concepts and elements necessary for improvement. My job is simply to facilitate each student’s learning.

Correct Concepts

I teach generally accepted fundamentals in terms of all short game and full swing shots with an emphasis placed on how the club should move to create proper impact for the desired shot. In doing so, however, I always adhere to a strict set of priorities that I believe make it easier for my students to comprehend the information and allows them to focus on small areas of improvement. These priorities are as follows:

  1. Setup – The setup or address includes all aspects which comprise the Pre-Swing: Grip, Aim, Stance, Posture, Ball Position.
  2. Motion – The proper motion for each shot is explained.
  3. Contact – Correct Impact Alignments.
  4. Direction – Elements controlling straight or curving shots.
  5. Distance – Controlling and/or adding power.

I help my students learn to approach all golf shots (putting to driving) with these priorities in mind and in the proper order. Golf instruction is all about concepts. For the beginning golfer, instruction provides the correct concepts at the outset. For experienced golfers, instruction is often about changing the players’ incorrect or incomplete concepts. As golfers improve their concepts about the game, their game improves (assuming correct practice).

My job as a golf instructor is to impart the knowledge each player requires to help them achieve their goals. Some of my students aspire to play golf for a living on the various professional tours. Some of my students just want to learn the basics so they won’t “embarrass” themselves on the course. The majority of my students fall somewhere in between. Regardless of the students’ goals my job is the same…I must provide the tools, in the form of proper instruction, each student needs to get the job done. I am a facilitator in a sense, a guidance counselor, guiding each student on their own individual path towards their own golfing enlightenment. How is this accomplished? Initially, I explain to every student my belief that anybody seeking to become a better golfer must understand that there are several aspects to the game that must be addressed in order to improve. These aspects are:

  1. Full Swing – Covers all shots outside 100 yards.
  2. Short Game – All shots inside 100 yards: Chipping, Pitching, Bunkers and Putting.
  3. Mental Game – Course Management and Mental Approach
  4. Golf-Specific Fitness – Improving the body’s ability to perform the desired motion.
  5. Equipment – Matching clubs to student (specifications and set make-up).

When I work with a student I incorporate all of these aspects into their Golf Improvement Program. Additionally, I teach on the golf course as often as possible instead of on the range. Ultimately, golfers must learn to play the game, not just practice the game. There is a tremendous difference between playing and practicing. Even during range practice sessions, I encourage my students to create challenging situations which mimic the pressure and anxiety they will feel out on the golf course.

Perfect Practice

The concept of “perfect practice” is an idea developed through many years of research. While it may be true that golf cannot be mastered, all golfers who wish to improve should still strive for perfection, whatever that means for them. For example, if a golfer needs to change their grip, then the golfer should work on it until it is as “perfect” as possible. If a golfer aims poorly, he must learn correct aim and then continually practice until his aim improves while always striving to make it “perfect”. The golfer ultimately may never be perfect, but improving any aspect just a little at a time makes that aspect better and a little bit closer to perfect. As each element improves, the golfer’s competence increases and their game improves. Additionally, “perfect practice” incorporates multiple learning concepts into the practice routine: blocked/random, massed/distributed, and precision/playful. Each form of practice can be useful in helping golfers improve. This philosophy has served me well throughout my career with all levels of players (beginner to advanced). I believe the fundamentals of the golf swing are the same for all players. Although each player’s goal may be different, ultimately all players must learn similar elements to improve their level of play. Any attempt to over-simplify golf instruction invariably leads to a longer than necessary learning process. My goal is to help my students improve…I accomplish this goal by teaching the proper fundamentals utilizing a systematic, consistent and practical approach.

Correct Concepts + Perfect Practice = Better Player!

 

Donna White
LPGA, PGA Professional Instructor, The College of Golf

Ms. White’s tenacity and commitment to excellence drives her passion to promote the game of golf to any and all ages and abilities. Her students vary from beginner to tour player. She is an instructor for the LPGA Player Development program, a national program in which LPGA and PGA club professionals attend to improve their golf skills two times a year and conducts corporate golf schools in the U.S. and Canada. A native of North Carolina, Donna enjoyed a successful junior, amateur and collegiate career winning many titles including the 1976 United States Women’s Amateur Championship in 1976. While attending the University of North Carolina-Greensboro she teamed with Candy Sibbick to win the 1973 Women’s Two Person National Championship. Transferring to the University of Florida in 1974, she won multiple collegiate titles and graduated in 1976 with a BSPE degree with certification for grades K-12.

  • LPGA Hall of Fame inductee
  • LPGA Executive Committee member
  • President, LPGA T and CP SE Section
  • Top 50 LPGA Instructor
  • Golf Digest Top 50 Best Female Instructor
  • PGA H.O.P.E. (Helping our Patriots Everywhere) Instructor
  • Top 50 GRAA, 2009- 2012
  • Top 100 Golf Digest ( FL), 2008-2012
  • LPGA Player Development Instructor
  • PGA of America Junior Ryder Cup Instructor
  • LPGA Girls Golf Advisory Committee
  • Special Olympics International Golf Committee member
  • Honorary Chair, Palm Beach County, Special Olympics
  • Golf Manager, Special Olympics International, 2002-2005
  • Palm Beach Community College Women’s Golf Coach, 1977-1980
  • 2014 Inducted into LPGA T and CP Hall of Fame
  • 2011, ING Awards, Player Development, Okeeheelee,
  • 2008 LPGA Professional of the Year, National Award
  • 2008 LPGA Southeast Section Professional of the Year
  • 2006, LPGA “Ellen Griffin Teaching Award” presented by Rolex
  • 2005 LPGA Eagle Award
  • Owner, Director, Golf Professional Services, Inc.: Concessionaire Services for three municipal facilities, 1995 – current
  • Junior Golf Foundation of America, Co-Founder, 1995-current
  • Director of Golf, Wellington Country Club, 1992 – 1994
  • LPGA tour player, 1975 – 1992
  • Winner, Three LPGA tour titles
  • 1976 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion, Curtis Cup and World Team Member
  • Winner LPGA Southeast Section Team Title

My philosophy of teaching is all about Y.O.U.!   “Your Own Understanding”, not mine.

As your instructor, it is my job is to encourage, motivate and share suggestions and information in a fun, creative and engaging way.  I prefer to “INVOLVE” you in the learning process with the intent for you to be able to “self- correct” when away from me, regardless of skill level or ability.

It is important for me to understand your learning preference and readiness.  Combining your interests, hobbies, experience, time and personal background, we can set a realistic “student-centered” performance plan.  This plan will enhance your belief of accomplishment and potential.

I will respond to your feedback and interpretation of any information shared.  I will continue to educate myself through study and observations to be a better instructor each and every day.  Our commitment to learn together will enable me to adapt the learning environment and teaching style to meet your personal needs and objectives.

“Tell me and I’ll forget.  Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.”  Confucius

Frank Longabucco
PGA Certified Professional Instructor, The College of Golf

Frank Longabucco, Certified PGA Professional, was elected to the PGA of America in August 1998. A graduate of Rider University in New Jersey with a BS in Finance, he began his golf professional career as an assistant golf professional at Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation Florida, and worked at several other golf clubs in the state over the next several years. As a head golf professional he brings a wealth of knowledge in all areas of golf operations and has been recognized for his customer relations skills. Mr. Longabucco became a Certified PGA Professional in Golf Operations in August 2006, and was additionally Certified in Instruction in 2011. He specializes in short game instruction, and believes that balance, tempo and a great short game are the key elements in scoring. Mr. Longabucco was winner of the 2003 SECSFPGA Pro-Pro Chapter Championship and 2007 SECSFPGA Pro-Pro Classic. Mr. Longabucco is truly excited to be part of Keiser University’s College of Golf and looks forward to sharing his knowledge in the classroom and on the golf course with our students.

  • Elected to the PGA of America 1998
  • Impact Zone Golf Certified Advanced Instructor
  • PGA Professional Certified in Golf Operations and Golf Instruction
  • Trained on V-1 Video System, MATT System, TOMI Putting System, Foresight Monitor
  • Rules Official for Special Olympics and College Golf Tournaments
  • Graduated from Rider University with a BS in Finance
  • Currently enrolled in Keiser Universities On-line Graduate Program in Education
  • Two Foot Joy Scholarships from PGA GPTP program
  • Best Customer Service Awards from Jacaranda Golf Club
  • Golf Program Instructor, Keiser University College of Golf, 2010-Present
  • Head Golf Professional/Assistant Golf Professional, Evergreen Golf Club, 2000-2009
  • Assistant Golf Professional, Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course, 1999-2000
  • Assistant Golf Professional, Jacaranda Golf Club, 1997-1999
  • Played four years for Rider University Golf Team & Captained team senior year
  • Winner 2003 SECSFPGA Pro-Pro Chapter Championship
  • Winner 2007 SECSFPGA Pro-Pro Classic Chapter Tournament
  • Several Top 10 finishes SECSFPGA Section Tournaments

My golf teaching philosophy is to help students learn the skills to be better players. Self-awareness and the ability to self-correct are critical to a player’s success. Students need a plan, journal, keep statistics and focus on performance. Form follow function! I stress to students the importance of driving the ball in play and being great from 100 yards in.

My teaching philosophy in class is to create an open atmosphere encouraging students to ask questions, interact with each other, are involved in activities and seek further understanding through research. Enthusiasm and focus on key concepts rule the classroom. The objective is to prepare students for successful careers always remembering that the golf industry is a people business!

John Callahan
PGA Professional Instructor, The College of Golf

John Callahan, a graduate of Stonehill College in Massachusetts, earned Class “A” membership into the PGA of America in 1970. A fine player, Callahan is a former winner of both the Vermont PGA Stroke Play and Match Play Championships and was a member of the Tournament Players Division of the PGA in 1977 and 1978. Callahan has been the Head Golf Professional at private, public and resort courses, and since 2007 John has owned and operated The Callahan Golf Learning Center in Colchester, Connecticut. All through his career Callahan’s passion has been for teaching people the game of golf. He has given over 30,000 lessons to players ranging from beginners to PGA and LPGA Professionals. In 2011, Callahan’s teaching acumen was recognized by Golf Magazine which named him an “Adjunct-Top 100 Golf Instructor of America,” one of only seven included in the Short Game Instruction category out of thousands of nominees throughout the country. A believer that balance, tempo and a great short game are the key elements in scoring, Mr. Callahan was also pleased to become a full time faculty member at Keiser University’s College of Golf in 2011.

  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI): TPI is the world’s leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.
  • Golf BioDynamics (GBD) Licensee: a progressive, worldwide network of like-minded golf professionals at the cutting edge of 3D golf swing analysis using the latest technology and best software in the business to analyze the long game, short game and putting.
  • Past President, Vice President and Secretary of the Vermont Chapter, PGA of America.
  • Past Member, Golf Committee of the Hudson Valley Alzheimer’s Association of New York, which through its annual golf tournament raised over $300,000 for Alzheimer’s research and related services.
  • In 2011 Callahan’s teaching acumen was recognized by Golf Magazine which named him “Adjunct Top-100 Golf Instructors in America”, one of only seven so named from thousands of nominees throughout the country.
  • Presently: Golf Program Instructor, Keiser University College of Golf, January, 2011-Present
  • Presently: Owner, John Callahan Golf Learning Center, in Colchester, CT, 2007-Present
  • Formerly: Head Golf Professional at the Sugarbuh Golf Club; the Kwiniaska Golf Course; the Stowe Mountain Country Club. Assistant Professional: Santa Teresa Country Club, Quail Ridge Country Club, Burlington Country Club. Teaching Professional: Brea Burn Country Club.
  • Participated in approximately 600 PGA of America Sectional events, the majority of which were in the Pro-Am format in order to reward club members/students with the opportunity to compete with their PGA Professional against other Pro-Am teams.
  • Past winner of both the Vermont Chapter of the New England PGA Stroke Play and Match Play Championships. Past “Player of the Year” award winner VT Chapter, PGA.
  • Member of the PGA Tournament Players Division 1977 & 1978.

My Teaching Philosophy changes based on what I am preparing my students for. At Keiser University, College of Golf (COG) students are not only learning what should be done to improve their own games, but also developing the skills they need to teach others. Therefore, the way I teach at the COG is different from how I teach the general public at my Golf Learning Center in Connecticut. How I teach at Keiser is similar to how I trained my assistant professionals at various country club venues before teaching at Keiser—preparing them to become credible players and golf instructors. Keeping this in mind, the typical first lesson at the COG begins with me asking the student to assess his or her own swing based on their current experience and general golf knowledge. This assessment opens up a discussion on swing concepts, fundamentals and priorities; allowing us to formulate a step-by-step blueprint for their own game improvement. Subsequent lessons start with an assessment of prior assigned tasks and whether or not the student is ready to graduate to the next step. During this process I’ll assign homework assignments to promote steady progress. For example, homework may include minimum practice repetitions, drills, training aids or useful technologies such as video, a launch monitor or 3D capture. While following the blueprint, each student’s core curriculum such as Golf Swing Fundamentals, Introduction to Golf Instruction and Advanced Golf Instruction, will be constantly referenced. And the student’s understanding of the golf swing will become more and more refined. Golf is a complex subject, thus the many months of College. However, remember the Latin aphorism from Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, “scientia potentia est”, meaning “knowledge is power”. As a player you should understand the game’s complexity for your own personal certainty. As a teacher you should understand the complexity so you can decide what, when and how you are going to impart knowledge in the simplest form possible.

Ken Martin
PGA Certified Professional Instructor, The College of Golf

Ken Martin, Certified PGA Professional, was elected to the PGA of America in 1988. A graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and of Keiser University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology, he began his golf professional career as a playing professional. Following an extended playing career, he accepted an Assistant Golf Professional position at Moon Valley Country Club while still playing in local professional tournaments. He next accepted a position as Head Golf Professional at Ocotillo Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona. After three years at Ocotillo, he moved into the Head Golf Professional position at Evergreen Golf Course in Colorado, where he worked for the next three years. From there, he opened his own golf school and eventually moved to Germany, where he taught golf for two years. Upon returning to the United States in 1998, he became a member of the Education Team for Natural Golf, eventually assuming the position of National Director of Instruction in  2006. He remained with Natural Golf until it was sold in 2011, and he joined the Keiser University College of Golf Faculty in 2012. Mr. Martin shares his extensive playing, teaching, and management experiences with students on a daily basis.

  • Earned Class “A” PGA Member in 1988
  • Earned Masters Degree in Psychology in 2018
  • PGA Professional Certified in Golf Instruction and General Management since 2012
  • Impact Zone Golf™ Master Instructor (one of 14 worldwide)
  • Trained on V-1 Video System, MATT System, TOMI Putting System
  • Rules Official for Special Olympics National Invitational Golf Tournaments
  • Golf Program Instructor, Keiser University College of Golf, 2013-Present
  • Director of Instruction at The Village Golf Club, Wellington, FL, 2010-2013
  • Director of Instruction for Natural Golf Corporation, 2000-2010
  • Personal Golf Coach to Major Championship winner Sandy Lyle, 2000-Present
  • Independent Golf Instructor/Tour Competitor, 1993-2000
  • Head Golf Professional at Evergreen Golf Course, Evergreen, CO, 1990-1993
  • Head Golf Professional at Ocotillo Golf Club, Chandler, AZ, 1986-1989
  • Qualified for and competed in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open
  • Qualified for and competed in the 2011 and 2012 Senior PGA Championships, making the cut in 2011 (one of only four PGA Club Professionals to make the cut)
  • Second Place Finish in the 2011 Senior PGA Professional National Championship, setting a competitive course record of 6-under par 66 in the second round
  • Finalist in PGA Tour Champions qualifying school 3 of 4 years
  • Consistent Top 10 finisher in Southwest, Colorado, North Texas, Carolinas and South Florida PGA Section  events
  • Competed full-time on the Canadian Tour in 2001
  • Competed and won on various mini-tours throughout the US and Canada since 1982

I am devoted to teaching golf in the most efficient and effective manner and providing my students with comfortable and productive learning environments. Since golf is a game of hitting a ball to a target, the skill set of striking the ball the intended distance and direction should be acquired to enjoy the game fully.

While each person will determine what level of skill acquisition provides enjoyment, as an instructor, it is my task to present the what and how of ball striking in a clear and precise manner, so the individual golfer can reach their desired level.

I believe the desired ball flight and/or roll determines the club movement required, which leads to the golfer’s discovery of the body movements needed for execution.

Since the desired ball flight is the root for all action that follows, I clarify this as primary at the beginning of my instruction.

Because golf is a simple “flat surface – round ball” game, the club mechanics are definitive for all possible golf shots.  Therefore, the second primary point I explain during instruction is what the club has to do to the ball during impact to create the desired shot.

Thirdly, I guide the student to how they may best move their body to achieve the required club mechanics, thereby creating the desired shot.

Summary

The philosophy of playing the game based on the development of ball striking skills allows individuals to focus their attention on meaningful aspects of club movement that create desired outcomes. The logic thread below summarizes my concept:

The BALL FLIGHT DESIRED leads to definable CLUB MECHANICS that lead to individualized BODY MOVEMENT that CREATES CLUB MECHANICS that lead to the SHOT DESIRED (or guidance for correction).

This allows the golfer a simple reference for ball striking skill acquisition, improvement and correction that leads to more enjoyment as they play the game.

TJ Tomasi, Ph. D.
PGA Professional Instructor, The College of Golf

Dr. Tomasi is one of the most published professionals in the world with articles that appear in all the major golf magazines including Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and Golf Tips Magazine. He is the author of a weekly syndicated golf page called Insider Golf that appears around the world as well as the author of 13 books. He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and has held that distinction for a number of years. Recently, Dr. Tomasi was appointed as the Program Director for Golf Magazines Top 100 Organization. Dr. Tomasi is also an authority on biomechanics and has been a presenter at educational seminars hosted by MIT in Boston, the PGA of America and the LPGA. He was the adjunct instructor at the Merrill Lynch Skins Game in Palm Springs in 2005 featuring Tiger Woods, and Annika Sorenstam and he does numerous golf outings for major corporations such as Wachovia, Pioneer and Deutches Bank. In 1999, GOLF Magazine appointed Dr. Tomasi chairperson of their worldwide Science & Golf Research Committee in order to find the most innovative and exciting research in golf. Dr. Tomasi holds a Ph.D. in Education, a Masters Degree in Education and an undergraduate degree in Sociology. It is estimated that he has given over 50,000 lessons.

  • Professor and Director of Research, Keiser University
  • Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
  • National Program Director, Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers organization
  • Nationally syndicated columnist
  • Founder of the LAWs of Golf teaching and playing model
  • 30+ years Teacher of all levels of competency from tour player to beginner
  • Class A PGA Professional, Quarter Century Club
  • Writer and Lecturer
  • Expert in Biomechanics
  • Author of Insider Golf, nationally syndicated weekly golf page in newspapers and other media
  • Member of the Board and regular contributor to The International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
  • Director of the Players School, PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Director of Instruction, Five Star Academy of Golf, The Broadmoor Hotel
  • Director of Instruction, Chuck Hogan Golf Schools
  • Co-founder of the LAWs of Golf learning model
  • Chosen one of the Best Teachers in Florida by Golf Digest Magazine
  • Presenter at three MIT University Symposiums
  • Clinic and teaching professional, Merrill Lynch /Greg Norman Shark Shoot Out, Naples, Florida
  • Clinic and teaching pro at The Skins Game, La Quinta, CA. featuring Tiger Woods, Annika
  • Sorenstam, Fred Funk and Fred Couples
  • Three times Head Golf Professional
  • Director of Golf
  • Swing Coach – Yale Women’s Golf Team
  • I Amplify.com – complete system of golf lessons downloaded to iPods
  • Reviewer for www.tibesti.com, a site that evaluates products and services
  • Featured in 50+ radio interviews
  • Featured eight times in SI magazine
  • 100+ corporate outings at venues all across the USA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – St. Michael’s College, Vermont
  • Master’s in Education – St. Michael’s College, Vermont
  • Ph.D. in Education – State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, New York
  • One of the most published golf instructors in the history of golf
  • Multiple Cover stories in GOLF Magazine, Golf Tips Magazine and Petersons Golf Magazine
  • A regular contributor to Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine
  • Published in Senior Golfer, Inside Golf, Golfing, Golf Illustrated, PGA Magazine, Petersons
  • Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and Maximum Golf
  • Author/ Co-Author of 14 golf books published by major publishing houses
  • Featured in CNN instructional series appearing in-flight in airports and on CNN TV
  • Featured in the video tape series, The LAWs of Golf
  • Books translated into French, Italian, Korean, and German

The student is the centerpiece of the instructional experience. In my LAW’s teaching and learning model the goal is to match the students swing type to his/her body type all within the framework of the laws of physics and biomechanics.