Renowned Swing Coach Rick Smith Enthusiastic About PGA Tour Season


Renowned Swing Coach Rick Smith Enthusiastic About PGA Tour Season

Golf’s renaissance man guides Brendan Steele to season’s first win on PGA Tour; prepares to launch The Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump® National Doral Miami

Miami, FL – Rick Smith, one of golf’s leading swing coaches, has been very busy in his usual enthusiastic manner while preparing for the upcoming 2017/2018 PGA Tour season.

Kicking off the fall season, long-time Smith student Brendan Steele won the PGA Tour’s 2017-2018 season-opening tournament at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley on Oct. 8. At the same time, Smith is preparing for the opening of the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump® National Doral Miami on January 1, 2018.

“I can’t say enough about how excited I am for Brendan and the work he has put into his golf swing,” Smith said. “The changes we have been implementing over the past few years are taking shape and putting him in a great position to be one of the top players on Tour. He is beginning to rise to the top in many of the key statistical categories on Tour including driving distance and strokes gained tee to green and off the tee, which is a testament to his dedication to improvement. Like last year, this win should set the tone for him to once again compete for the Fed Ex Cup.”

Beginning in January, Smith, whose successful and diverse resume includes being a top instructor, course designer, TV analyst, spokesman and communicator, will concentrate on the passion that laid the foundation for his industry success – instruction. He has been ranked as high as the No. 3 teacher in the world, and has worked with the likes of Golfer of the Century – Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, David Duval, Paul Azinger, John Daly, Greg Norman, and Sang Moon Bae, among other top players in the world.

“I have had tremendous opportunities around the world to teach, design courses, and help promote the game, but my true passion has always been teaching all aspects of the game of golf and to help people get better,” Smith says. “This opportunity to bring my flagship performance center to Trump® National Doral Miami will allow me to focus on my passion for helping golfers of all levels from PGA Tour players, elite amateurs and beginners to improve their games.”

Smith’s current PGA Tour students like Steele, Rocco Mediate, Latin American Tour player Tyler McCumber, as well as other players, will now have one of the best teachers and facilities in the world to call upon when they want to improve their games.

During the development of the new Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump® National Doral Miami, Smith will be assembling an elite team of instructors that will include key past teachers he has worked with along with a collection of top teachers that exemplify Rick’s swing philosophies he has implemented over the years.

“There are common fundamentals shared by all the best teachers, but there certainly is not one method or swing to play the game with,” explained Smith. “This has been proven over the years by the several different types of players’ golf swings we have worked with who have won multiple times on tour as well as major championships.”

Along with world-class instructors, state of the art swing technology and video analysis, the new performance center will serve resort guests, club members and visitors. This modern facility will provide a wide range of unique, fun, and non-pressure type programming in a relaxed atmosphere. This includes private lessons, half-day, full-day and multi-day programs, PGA Professional-member programs, group clinics, on-course programs, and junior programming.

About Rick Smith
Rick Smith has achieved resounding success in golf as a teacher and course designer, excelled in written and verbal communication with all audiences and is regarded as one of the PGA Tour’s best sounding boards for swing advice. He was ranked as high as No. 3 among Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers, a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1996, National Teacher of the Year, and voted No. 2 in the world at one-time by PGA Tour players.

Smith is one of the most respected instruction authors and television analysts. He is currently a teaching editor for Golf Digest Magazine and previously served as an instruction writer for GOLF Magazine. In addition, his love for hosting golf instructional shows on television began in 1994 when he developed “The Rick Smith Signature Series” seen worldwide by television audiences on ESPN International, TSN (Canada), and Fox Sports Net. At the Golf Channel, Rick became part of the “Dream Team of Instructors” which consistently offered viewers instructional tips to improve their golf games. He also hosted “Inside the PGA Tour” and has been a commentator and analyst for both NBC and ESPN telecasts of golf tournaments.

Beyond the golf swing, writing, and television, Rick is an accomplished golf course designer working alongside Phil Mickelson, as well as a spokesperson for some of America’s premier brands and golf products.

He currently operates the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump® National Doral Miami, and Rick Smith Golf Academies at Forest Dunes in Roscommon, Mich., and Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.  Visit



Howey-in-the Hills, Fla.; February 9, 2017 – The #1 ranked women’s golfer Lydia Ko has officially partnered with Gary Gilchrist.  After spending over a month at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy at  Mission Inn Resort & Club, Ko feels confident in the new team she has built in the off-season, including having Gilchrist as her new swing coach.

“Everybody here (at GGGA) tries to make it fun. We’re obviously working on things, but we’re trying to have a good time. Even before coming here, I had heard that Gary is not only a great coach, but he’s a “cheerleader” – he’s here to support.” says Ko. “In golf, it can feel so individual… You have to feel like you have a team around you that will make it fun, no matter what the situation is.”

Ko is walking into the season with a new team, new equipment and new goals.  Gilchrist and Ko have been honing in on her long game while working on the ownership of her swing. “That’s been the real difference for me. It’s been very simple. Making it into a natural swing instead of putting me into place.” says Ko, “I started over-thinking myself in my last season – and when you’re over-thinking and you’re over the ball – that is not a good combination.”

For Coach Gilchrist, the opportunity to work with Lydia Ko is an honor that comes with a lot of responsibility.  There is no missing Gilchrist’s passion for the game and building champions.  For him, it is much more than technical training, and when starting off with a new player, Gilchrist focuses on the positive that is going unnoticed.

“In the beginning, I try to build confidence through consistency, and from there begin to build their game.” says Gilchrist, “That is the art of coaching to me… it is not to get into somebody’s head – it’s to get into somebody’s heart. If you follow your heart, you’ll get there quickly. It will change your mindset right away… Improving your club face can get you somewhere, but improving your outlook can get you anywhere in life.”

“Coaches are not something you change very often, and I hope this (partnership) goes a long way. I like what we’ve done. It’s been good progress without being too much to work on… I’m excited to go out and play.” says Ko.

Gilchrist also coaches some of the best players in golf including current LPGA Tour world #2 player Ariya Jutanugarn, world #4 Shanshan Feng, former #1 Yani Tseng, 10-time winner Paula Creamer, 2013 Rookie-of-the-Year Moriya Jutanugarn, and PGA Tour player Morgan Hoffmann.

“What I do every single day is my passion. Now, getting to coach the best players in the world… that is the cherry on top.” says Gilchrist.

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About Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy

In a coaching career that spans more than 20 years, Gary Gilchrist has been responsible for recruiting, training and developing more professional, amateur and junior golfers than any other coach in the world.

At the training facilities at Mission Inn Resort, he and his team incorporate a holistic training environment for golfers at any level through technical, mental, fitness and on-course strategy training.

Gilchrist has been recognized by Golf Digest as a Top 50 Teacher in America 2011-2016 and by Golf Magazine as a Top 100 Teacher 2012-2018.

For more information, please contact (352) 484-0787 or

GolfTEC Coaches and Centers Recognized for Excellence in 2016

GolfTEC Coaches and Centers Recognized for Excellence in 2016

Top Golf Lessons Provider and Leading Employer of PGA Professionals Worldwide Acknowledged for Superior Instruction and Clubfitting

(Centennial, Colo.) – GolfTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and largest employer of PGA Professionals – announces select coaches and improvement centers were recognized for excellence in 2016 by various PGA sections and leading media outlets.

For more than 20 years, GolfTEC instructors have consistently excelled at helping their students improve, as evidenced by a 96 percent success rate among all customers. Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GolfTEC’s philosophy. Among the instructors who have been recognized for excellence are:

James Kinney, Center Manager – Golf Digest Top Young Teachers (Omaha, NE)
Doug Strawbridge, Regional Manager – Golf Digest Top Young Teachers (Houston, TX)
Nick Clearwater, Vice President of Teaching Quality – Golf Digest Top Young Teachers (Denver, CO)
Patrick Nuber, Director of Teaching Quality – Golf Digest Top Young Teachers (Denver, CO)
Josh McKinley – Certified Personal Coach – Teacher of the Year, Inland Empire PGA (Spokane, WA)
Tim Connor – Director of Instruction – Horton Smith Award, Inland Empire PGA (Spokane, WA)
Chris Runyan – Certified Personal Coach – Patriot Award, Inland Empire PGA (Spokane, WA)
In addition to these honors, 15 GolfTEC centers were ranked among the “100 Best Clubfitters” according to Golf Digest magazine. GolfTEC’s proprietary golf club fitting system, TECFit™, provides extremely precise and unbiased results to help players find the custom-fit clubs that match their unique needs. Those centers honored include:

GolfTEC Scottsdale, AZ
GolfTEC Boulder, CO
GolfTEC Centennial, CO
GolfTEC Cherry Creek, CO
GolfTEC Altamonte Springs, FL
GolfTEC Wichita, KS
GolfTEC Metairie, LA
GolfTEC Eden Prairie, MN
GolfTEC Akron, OH
GolfTEC Cleveland West, OH
GolfTEC Salt Lake City, UT
GolfTEC Bellevue, WA
GolfTEC Spokane, WA
GolfTEC Mequon, WI
GolfTEC Middleton, WI
“We give nearly one million lessons annually and our incredible coaching staff is the most well trained in the world,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GolfTEC. “Our growth and success is a direct result of the fact that our students experience measurable improvement very quickly, thanks to our proven approaches to instruction and custom clubfitting. I couldn’t be more proud of this year’s award winners.”

GolfTEC lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches in private, mostly indoor bays that utilize proprietary teaching technology. Since 1995, GolfTEC has taught more than 6 million lessons at hundreds of locations worldwide. The coaching team is mainly comprised of PGA professionals who have conducted thousands of lessons. Each is certified after multi-week training at GolfTEC University where comprehensive analysis of golfers’ swing mechanics cornerstones progressive teaching methodology.

To learn more about GolfTEC, the world leader in golf lessons, please visit or call 877-446-5383.

About GolfTEC

The world leader in golf lessons and top employer of PGA Professionals has a 96 percent success rate among its students. Since 1995, GolfTEC Certified Personal Coaches, the vast majority of which are PGA Professionals, have given more than 6 million lessons. The company operates hundreds of centers worldwide and has a presence in almost all major U.S. cities, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. All lessons are based on the company’s “Five Factors:” Fact-Based Diagnosis, Sequential Lessons, Video-Based Practice, Advanced Retention Tools, and TECfit® club fitting. To date, more than 600 GolfTEC Coaches work across a global network of Improvement Centers, consisting of both Corporate-owned and Franchise-owned locations and employees.

BOYNE Golf Academy Unveils New ‘Power Clinic’ for 2016



BOYNE Golf Academy Unveils New ‘Power Clinic’ for 2016

Instruction Program Uses Cutting-Edge Analysis from GEARS Golf 3-D Body and Club Tracking System and TrackMan Launch Monitor to Increase Driver Distance

BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – announces a new “Power Clinic” has been added to BOYNE Golf Academy’s menu of instruction programs for 2016.As its name suggests, the Power Clinic will focus on techniques to hit the ball further off the tee. The one-day session includes a comprehensive assessment with the Academy’s GEARS Golf system, the industry-leading 3-D body and club tracking system. This is complemented by swing analysis on a TrackMan launch monitor. A maximum 4:1 student to instructor ratio is crucial to fostering an optimal learning environment.

“Golfers of all skill levels are eternally on the hunt for a few extra yards with the driver,” says Brian O’Neill, director of golf instruction for BOYNE Golf Academy. “The combination of BOYNE Golf Academy’s state-of-the-art technology, our team’s decades of teaching experience, and the commitment to help golfers gain more distance are sure to make the Power Clinic a popular offering in 2016.”

Power Clinics are scheduled for June 11, July 9, July 23 and August 6. Priced at $799 / person, they include:

  • Five hours of coaching and assessment
  • GEARS Golf 3-D session
  • TrackMan and V1 Pro Video Analysis with speed training
  • Drills to take home for continued improvement
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) physical assessment
  • One round of golf
  • One follow-up coaching session
  • Lunch with instructors
The Power Clinic joins several other Academy offerings on the 2016 schedule. They include the Boyne Golf Performance Experience, FORE Ladies Only, Couples Golf School, and Junior Elite Program.BOYNE Golf Academy is located at Boyne Highlands Resort, one of BOYNE Golf’s three flagship properties.

Boyne Highlands Resort

Arthur Hills (18) – Tumbling terrain and wide fairways deliver enjoyment for all skill levels
Donald Ross Memorial (18) – Replicates classic, challenging holes created by namesake
The Heather (18) – Flawlessly-conditioned Robert Trent Jones design appeals to purists
The Moor (18) – Demanding layout highlighted by a variety of dogleg holes

The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort

  • Bay Harbor Golf Club
    • The Links (9) – Setting on windswept cliffs along coastline evokes game’s ancient roots
    • The Preserve (9) – Tree-lined holes dominate before dramatic lakefront finish
    • The Quarry (9) – Distinctively nestled in abandoned shale quarry
  • Crooked Tree Golf Club (18) – Recently redesigned Nos. 16-18 enhance playability and charm 
Boyne Mountain
  • The Alpine (18) – Fun and fair; annual host of Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions
  • The Monument (18) – Panoramic vistas combine with hole-by-hole tribute to golf history

Beyond golf, BOYNE’s unique on-property amenities include award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, Avalanche Bay – Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark and adventure sport venues. They are supported by historic, lakeside resort towns Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and Petoskey all a short drive from Mackinac Island. Following in Hemingway’s footsteps, taking in the famous northern Michigan sunsets, enjoying the casino and exploring acclaimed microbreweries like Petoskey Brewing mean golf isn’t the only game in town.

More information:,, 844.634.5315

GolfTEC Launches ‘CRUSH-IT’ Promotion for August

GolfTEC Launches ‘CRUSH-IT’ Promotion for August
Global Leader in Golf Improvement Offers Special Rates on Game Plans, Lesson Packs

(Centennial, Colo) – GolfTEC, the world leader in golf lessons, announces its annual August “CRUSH-IT” promotion is now running at nearly 200 locations in the U.S. and Canada, providing special rates on the company’s leading-edge golf instruction programs, including game plans and lesson packs.

Offered throughout the month, this outstanding opportunity allows golfers to receive up to 20 percent off GolfTEC’s lesson plans that maximize on-course performance and enjoyment. Highly efficient and boasting a 96 percent success rate, GolfTEC lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches in private, mostly indoor training bays that utilize proprietary teaching technology. For more information on the August Sale please visit

“Our business is built on making better golfers who enjoy the game more and want to play more often because of it,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GolfTEC. “The ‘CRUSH-IT’ sale provides a strong incentive for players of all ability levels to experience our highly productive training programs and first-rate coaches.”

Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GolfTEC’s philosophy. Besides full swing lessons and video-based practice, Game Plans also include a TECfit club fitting session and outdoor short-game and on-course lessons.

The renowned coaching staff is comprised of experienced professionals, most of whom have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous multi-week certification at GolfTEC University including continued advanced training to master the analysis of golf swing mechanics, the technology of the GolfTEC system and the most productive teaching techniques. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GolfTEC is the largest employer of PGA Professionals in the world.

To learn more about GolfTEC or for information on the August Sale go to or call 877-446-5383.

About GolfTEC

The world leader in golf lessons has a 96 percent success rate among its students. The more than 600 GolfTEC Certified Personal Coaches at nearly 200 centers worldwide, including nearly 80 within Golfsmith stores, have given over 5 million lessons since 1995. All lessons are based on the company’s “Five Factors:” Fact-Based Diagnosis, Sequential Lessons, Video-Based Practice, Advanced Retention Tools, and TECfit club fitting. GolfTEC Improvement Centers can be found in almost all major U.S. cities, Canada, Japan and Korea.