Mike has been my teacher, coach, and mentor for over 30 years. As a teacher, he has taught me the fundamentals of the golf swing, as the coach, I’ve learned how to make the swing work. His role as the mentor involves the final piece of the golf puzzle, walking to the 1st tee knowing what shot your are going to hit and then doing it, the mental side of the game.
I was a 12-14 handicap that wanted to break 80 on the first lesson with Mike in 1983. One year later my handicap was down to 5 and played in the San Diego City Championship at Torrey Pines. I made the San Diego Union the next day after shooting 74 on the south course. I broke 80 the next two rounds finishing up on the south course with a low 80 score. This was good enough to be in the top 20. When you think about how many really good players there are in San Diego that is something to be proud about. Over the years I continued to play competitive events with a few highlights; Washington State Elks Amateur Champion, Costa Mesa City Champion, Irvine City Champion, and winner of numerous club events.
The events of life, work and family obligations took a toll on my game in the 90’s thru the new century and as I got the bug to get back into playing the things I was able to do were gone! I was a 63 year old guy in great physical shape that couldn’t break 80. Fast forward 15 months and I’m now a guy that can break 80. My index is now in the single digit and I’m playing again with a purpose. I’m now eligible to compete in the Super Senior events and be a legitimate competitor. This is possible because I made the decision to start working with Mike Wydra again. He has taught me to do a few things I didn’t even do back in the young days. We have had 18 sessions together in the last year and a half and I always leave with something new that seems to fit perfect with everything else from prior lessons. You will become a better player and enjoy the game that much more if you make the decision to work with Mike.