Experience With The World’s Greatest Teachers
Upon graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dave took the advice of his most distinguished mentors and followed his passion for golf. It was his great love of the game, and entrepreneurial spirit, that sparked his passion for delivering world class instruction.
Dave has learned from, and been Certified by some of the very best and most recognizable golf instructors in the world. In 2004, Dave began working with the instructors at the Jim McLean Golf School at the Doral Golf Resort in Miami, Florida. Dave spent three winters working and learning at Doral, even appearing on the Golf Channel with Jim McLean himself. Today, this golf school is ranked the number one school of golf in the country.
In 2007, Dave began working with Craig Harmon. Craig is recognized as one of the finest teachers in the world, is brother to world-class instructor “Butch,” and is the son of 1948 Masters Champion Claude Harmon, who is recognized by many as the greatest teacher of all-time. To say the least, the years spent working with Craig has greatly enhanced Dave’s ability to help his students reach their full potential.
In early 2015, Dave earned his Level One Certification with World Renowned and Top Ranked Golf Instructor Hank Haney. By 2017, Dave became One of Eighteen Certified Level 3 Hank Haney Instructors in the Country. Hank is well known for being the former Coach to Tiger Woods during what has been called “The Greatest Stretch of Golf Ever Played”. This most recent Certification with Hank Haney, is one of Dave’s proudest achievements as a Golf Professional.
Dave’s Golfing Career and Professional Golf Tour Experience
As a player, Dave had a very successful junior career that included multiple tournament victories. In college, he was a stand out player for RPI and was an All-Conference first team selection as a senior. After college, Dave returned from Florida and won a couple of local amateur championships, which included winning in his hometown at the Rensselaer County Amateur in Troy, in his first attempt. As a professional, Dave has competed on the New England Pro Golf Tour, the Minor League Pro Golf Tour, as well as in Nationwide (Web.com), and PGA sanctioned events. His best year as a touring professional was in 2009 when, during a winter series in Florida, Dave compiled 4 top 20s in 7 events. During his time on tour, he rubbed shoulders with PGA Tour Professionals, LPGA professionals, and a host of American and International talent. His experience as a player has added a tremendous element to his golf instruction.
Fitness in the Game of Golf
Fitness has always been one of Dave’s passions. In 2011, Dave successfully completed the Titleist Performance Institutes Golf Fitness Instructor level one course. This course helped Dave to work more effectively with golfers who have physical limitations, and also provided more insights into how the best players in the world care for themselves so they can reach peak performance.
Sports and Performance Psychology
In 2006, Dave had the privilege of being personally mentored by golf’s most recognizable Sports Psychologist, Dr. Bob Rotella. Doctor Bob has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Golf Teachers of the 20th century.” He is well known for his books “Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect” and “The Golfer’s Mind: Play to Play Great.” The one on one time spent working with Doctor Bob gave Dave a lot of perspective into the importance using sound performance psychology techniques with regards to reaching one’s personal goals.
In 2013, Dave was trained and Certified as a Sports and Performance Psychology Coach by world renowned Sports Psychologist, Doctor JoAnn Dahlkoetter. By 2015, Dave satisfied the requirements necessary to gain his “Master PECI” Certification. Doctor JoAnn is known for her work with numerous Olympians, Professsional Athletes, and Top Performers in all walks of life. Dave continues to be a part of an ongoing mentoring program with Doctor JoAnn, and is consistently getting the latest insights into top performance techniques in the world of Sports Psychology and Peak Performance.
When you come to Dave for golf instruction, you’ll learn from an instructor that prides himself on bringing his very best to each lesson. Regardless how big or seemingly small your goals may be, Dave strives to create a learning experience that is enjoyable, easy to understand, fun and effective!