Director of Coaching-Southington
Get to know Brad
Brad is NPI's Director of Coaching in Southington. He has served as First Assistant Golf Professional at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale, IL, just outside of Chicago in addition to working at clubs in New Hampshire, Florida, and Connecticut, including the Country Club of Waterbury.
At what point did you know that you wanted to become a teacher and focus on instruction?
I knew I wanted to focus on the instruction side of golf after a lesson I taught at Cohasset Golf Club in Massachusetts. This member was struggling with the shanks and we worked together for a few hours to get rid of them. Once I saw the smile on the member’s face after hitting that first pure golf shot, I was hooked on teaching.
What is your best golf memory?
My best memory would have to be when I played in the 2014 Club Professional Championship out in Oregon. I felt like a tour professional for a few days. You could go to the company that you are on staff with
and walk on to the tour truck and get anything done to your clubs just like the PGA Tour guys do. The fairways were lined with spectators. The overall experience was so cool and I hope I get the chance again to represent the Connecticut Section in the event.
Who has had the greatest influence on you in the game?
My greatest influence in golf is my former boss from Florida, Wilson Zehner. He pushed me to really come out of my shell and showed me what it was to be a great teacher and golf professional.
How has technology impacted your role as instructor?
Technology has impacted my role in a good way by validating what I am working on with a student in real time. It backs up with data that a minor change in a swing can have a big impact in performance. The way that I use the latest technology to improve my coaching is by showing the student through video and TrackMan that when we incorporate rotation into their swing we are not only adding clubhead speed but also improving impact.
Why are you so passionate about teaching?
The reason I am so passionate about teaching is that I love to problem solve and the challenge of fixing someone's swing. I get so excited to see the smile on a student's face when they hit that one shot that makes
them come back to try it again.