Mike is a lifetime member of the PGA of America with more than 38 years of teaching experience. He is a certified instructor at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Mike is an ambidextrous golfer and highly skilled from both sides of the ball (he has made holes in one both right and left handed).
Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Education, with a specialty in motor learning. He began looking at swings with a movie camera in the mid 1970s and is considered one of the pioneers in the use of video and computer technology for swing analysis.
Other career achievements include: coaching a college golf team, speaking at the PGA Teaching Summit in 1990, managing the PGA National Academy of Golf, and serving as Director of Instruction at multiple resort, private and public golf facilities. Mike has also served as a teaching consultant for golf associations in Malaysia, Colombia, and a golf club in Germany. He is is currently writing a book titled “The Shape of Your Swing.”
Teaching golf has always been Mike's passion. He has never adopted a particular method and considers that approach to be limiting. Mike's teaching philosophy revolves around shaping movement patterns through a motor skill training process. He looks at a swing in terms of mechanical principles and believes there is one correct, efficient movement pattern that we should all strive to learn and develop. Mike believes that ball flight alone cannot be the sole criteria for a correct swing.
“Dan Erickson: Thank you very much. Having Dan feel like he is throwing the club in both directions is exactly the kind of thought process I was looking for. I will also have him throw a medicine ball. I totally agree with you about stifling his swing. I want him to rely on his natural swing when the pressure situations occur in the future. He has never had a golf lesson, I have just tinkered here and there. He is very athletic having played in national baseball and tennis tourneys, but he LOVES golf. Thanks again so much, your help was exactly what I was looking for. ”
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