I went back to Mike a few years ago as a decent golfer who occasionally broke 80 from the blue tees, looking to make a few tweaks to my game to get more consistent. However with Mike’s encouragement, persistence, and tenacity I have changed my overall approach to golf, and now play competitively as a scratch golfer.
Actually I have worked with Mike on my golf game at three very distinct periods in my life (8-10 years old, 14-17 years old, and most recently now into my mid-30’s). His approach at each stage catered to both my physical as well as mental capacity to process, but the fundamentals he instills have remained unchanged.
With Mike, it all starts with core and basic principles to the golf swing, no matter what age or level of golfer you are. In my first series of 6 lessons, we covered Ben Hogan’s philosophy for the modern golfer. This was both challenging and rewarding as I found that I needed to take a few steps back in order to improve and move forward. However, when we started getting into regular playing lessons and customized range lessons is when my game, and ultimately my enjoyment of the game improved incrementally. Mike doesn’t let you get away with any complacency and will constantly work with you to improve.
Mike has worked with me on all aspects of golf, from choosing the right set of clubs, to the right practice routines and drills, to shot selection and course management, to tournament preparation, rules and etiquette. But one thing that I have taken from working with Mike is that in order to improve with golf, you need to be willing to go through the process, there is no overnight fix, or quick tweak that is going to all of a sudden improve your game by 5-10 strokes. It’s an evolution. And this is really what golf is ultimately about, challenging yourself to improve as no golfer is a completely finished product. And Mike is the perfect instructor to help anyone at any level through this process.