Steve is currently the Director of Instruction for The Steve Whidden Golf Academy at Rosedale Golf and Country Club located in Bradenton, Fla. He is the 2010 Southwest Florida PGA Teacher of the Year and has worked with numerous world-renowned instructors, including David Leadbetter, Mike Bender and Peter Kostis, among others.
During his 20-plus years of teaching, Steve has worked at a number of outstanding facilities and golf schools, from the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., to The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., to the TPC at Harding Park in San Francisco.
After teaching golf for over 20 years, it has become very apparent that there is no set model on how to swing the golf club. Since our students are built differently, have different limitations, strength and flexibility how can we teach only one swing. The most important area of the golf swing to me is impact. I teach from the correct impact position backward. Despite people having different skills, and abilities, for a golf shot to be struck fairly; the impact position must be correct. The Hall of Fame is full of alot of different looking swings, but they all look alike at impact. From there I work with what the student does possess and fine tune it to get to the proper moment of truth.
I also have a philosophy to listen more than I talk. Great communicators make great teachers, and I like listen to what my students goals are, and meet them; don't try to impress with abundance of knowledge that is not pertinent to THEIR goals.
“Steve Whidden is a great teacher with a "keep-it-simple" approach to the golf swing. He reviewed my swing and made two simple changes. Results speak louder than words. After just two lessons my handicap dropped by 50 percent!!”
“I have never had an instructor, before Steve, who could explain and help me understand the intricacies of the game, make me confident to execute the skills needed and encourage me to improve beyond anything I ever felt I was capable of doing. He has now moved beyond being my instructor to being my coach and I enjoy every new challenge he gives me.”
“Hi Steve I just looked at what you had to say about my swing and I can now see how right you are about me turning way to far back. I like the idea of putting the tee in the grip of the club and trying to keep it pointing at the line on the ground. I will start working on the two drills tomorrow. Thanks for your great comments about my swing, I think you are dead on with what you have told me, just hope this old dog can learn new tricks!”
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.