Private Golf Course
Lakewood Golf Club 4801 General DeGaulle
New Orleans, Louisiana
70131 United States
Two time U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Best Teacher
2008 PGA of America Junior Golf Leader
2010 Inducted into the Gulf States PGA Hall of Fame
My teaching/coaching philosophy is one of building self confidence in the children. I am certainly not coaching with my ego and they know I am proud of them for being there learning to play. We talk a lot about golf being a journey and setting goals and dreams. I teach them that golf is not a game of being perfect but doing your best, this is important for the parents to understand. They know I am there for them through the good and tough times.
I teach sound fundamentals and this begins with the little ones. A child in our program will learn the proper grip, stance, alignment and pre-shot routine. We spend a lot of time with the short game using drills and competition to keep it fun and exciting. We teach the importance of the pivot and learning to swing with using the core, getting the loose wrist out of the swing and how to hit down on the ball, learning in time how to lean the club at impact. When you are teaching sound fundamentals to your teaching staff this puts us all on the same message, you have to have this, no exception. A key ingredient to the teaching process is getting the children on the golf course. They learn on the course the rules, the etiquette, safety, how to score and most importantly they know they are a golfer.
My club fitting philosophy is a constant ongoing process. While I am with them year round I know there will be growth spurts. I watch every child and I can visually see when the clubs are too long or too short. Too short is what I see by far the most. I have donated clubs that I will put a child in and I will discuss with the parents the importance of properly fitted clubs. I will do personal fitting with the help of the U.S. Kids Golf measuring guidelines. This is important because the parents get to see this firsthand.
A key part of my coaching philosophy is preparing children to advance their golf game to a level where they want to compete. I certainly do not measure the success of our program that everyone has to compete, when it is fun they want to and this is good for golf. We have children in our program who are winning their age groups and going on to college golf. We have our advanced juniors giving back their time as instructors. Our program at Lakewood develops golfers and builds character with fun being the underlying theme.
We are a weekly year round program. Our classes are 90 minutes that are divided into three stations where we rotate putting, short game and full swing. There is no pre registration. This offers families the flexibility to have their children in other activities. We are a weekly constant for junior golf for the New Orleans area. We send out weekly e-mails and we have established a link dedicated to just junior golf at lakewoodgolf.com. The fee per class is $10 and $5 for each additional child in the family. We provide refreshments, golf cap, bag tag and have special events during the year. We provide golf clubs and provide professional fitting. We send out weekly e-mails.
Individual instruction – I offer individual instruction Monday thru Friday. The fee for the session is $10. This is designed for the junior golfer who wants to advance their game to the next level. This popular one on one instruction offers a great learning experience.
We encourage the parents to be involved with the growth of their child’s golf development. We have created a family team atmosphere and we are seeing young people becoming golfer’s for life and having fun along the way.