PGA Teaching Professional, Morris County (NJ) Park Commission Courses
Title: PGA Teaching Professional, Morris County Park Commission Courses, Oakland, New Jersey.
Previous position: Director of Golf, High Bridge Hills Golf Club, High Bridge, New Jersey.
Years as a PGA Professional: 22.
Top achievements / honors: New Jersey PGA Youth Player Development Award (2017), New Jersey Herald Golf Coach of the Year (2012).
What app is a must-have on your phone? OnForm teaching app.
What book(s) would you recommend? "Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf."
Who is your favorite golfer? Adam Scott.
What is your most memorable round of golf? The day I passed my PAT (Player Ability Test).
The First Call: What is your favorite instructional tip to share with a golfer?
Michael Andrusin: Hitting balls with my feet together with a half-speed half swing.
TFC: What advice do you have for someone considering a career in golf?
MA: Realize there are plenty of weekends and holidays that you will be working. Family and friend times may be challenging as you are growing your career.
TFC: Is there a particular area of your job that you find most rewarding?
MA: I enjoy the transition from operations to teaching. Teaching has allowed me to foster relationships with the golfers as they grow in their excitement for being successful in the game.
TFC: Do you have a preferred style or philosophy for teaching golf?
MA: I tend to lean into ball flight. If I can get the golfer to understand why the ball travels in the directions it goes, then we can talk about the path and face of the club. Then we can look at the student and find out why their body produces that path and clubface at impact.
TFC: Where is there room for growth within the industry?
MA: There is growth for our industry to be more diverse. Golf needs more women in positions of leadership. Break away from the traditional caricature of the guy running the course. Our best work is never done in a vacuum. Let's get different thinking people into the business.
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