Chris is the 2010 PGA Teacher of the Year for the South Florida Section and was also named the 2009 Southeast Florida PGA Teacher of the Year. Originally from Greenwich, Connecticut. Christian has worked at several clubs around the country and now teaches year round in Boca Raton, Fl. He graduated from East Carolina University and is one of the top playing and teaching professionals in the South Florida Section of the PGA.
Christian has won numerous Chapter and Section PGA events and played in three National Club Professional Championships. Chris has extensive training and experience in teaching. His brother is also a PGA professional in the Metropolitan PGA. Chris has coached players on the PGA tour, Nationwide tour, Canadian tour and LPGA tour. Additionally, several of his juniors now play college golf. Other students include top amateurs and numerous club champions.
Christian is a member of the Golf Business Network Speakers Bureau. He often contributes to PGA.com, PGA magazine, GolfInstruction.com, Yahoo sports and has been featured on several instructional videos. Christian was profiled as a player on the Golf Channel, Golf Central, before the National Club Professional Championship as a player to watch.
In 2011, Christian was a presenter at the national PGA show on the Equipment Forum Stage as a featured Teacher of the Year on Best Practices.
Christian's approach is to begin working with what his students are currently doing and allow them to keep their current style of play, with the goal of making that style better while educating students so that they have a better understanding of how their swing or stroke works. Lasting improvement is the ultimate goal.
Instruction should fit the player and the player’s own abilities. Christian's coaching style places emphasis on the basic fundamentals of golf: grip, swing shape/plane, balance, impact alignments, steady head and pivot. Along with the basics, he tailors his instruction to each golfer. I find a need to be flexible along the way, making subtle changes or switching instructional emphasis when a student’s needs change. He has found this system allows for optimum results, which result in better enjoyment of the game. Students are able to see the value of their own game and the personal attention he gives to each of them as a golfer.
“Chris is the most amazing golf coach. I have taken golf lessons from many instructors over the years, but with Chris I finally "get it." He has a great teaching style and explains the game in layman's terms. I would highly recommend Chris Czaja to anyone, from beginner to advanced, if you want to dramatically improve your game.”
“Chris is a teacher who truly has an understanding of the essence of the golf swing. His approach is different from any I have ever experienced after many different teachers and lessons over the past 40 years of golf. No gimmicks, no gadgets, no nonsense - just you and the club and the ball. And it truly works. The improvement I experienced after just three lessons was remarkable. Thanks, Chris!”
“I'm the father of one of Chris Czaja's pupils and have watched first hand Chris' teaching techniques. He simplifies the golf swing and makes it easy to learn proper swing fundamentals. He does the same with the short game. Over the summer my son Matthew improved drastically, going from an 8 handicap to a 3. I have no doubt Chris will get him to be a scratch golfer soon.”
“ The last lesson we had together has created a breakthrough in my game. Seeing my club upright and onplane on the backswing has given me the confidence to trust the swing and concentrate on the hitting area. For years I have been worrying about the backswing and getting by with the release. Now I can finally focus on it. The result is at least 1 club difference in length with greater accuracy. I have quieted my lower body per your suggestion and am achieving good results on my approach shots to the green. That is the area we will work on next time I get down to Florida. While all of my friends are aging and hitting shorter , at 65 (66 May 6th) I am 30 yards longer than I have ever been off the tee. It's not supposed to work that way so I just wanted to write and say thanks. You are a great teacher.”
“I am having so much fun on the golf course. I told you about shooting 5-under on 9 holes on Fathers Day. Yesterday I made six birdies and shot 67 ... It is so exciting for me to be able to study your analysis and have someone I trust to get great information from. Even when I don't play well I know I have the tools to get back on track thanks to you. I would give anything to go back in time and have this resource when I was younger and had even more time to play and practice. I had forgotten how passionate I was about golf.”
Getting ready to play golf for the first time this year? Our Swing into Spring series continues with Holly Sonders and Karen Palacios-Jansen. They provide practical tips and warm up drills to help you overcome excessive first tee nervousness.