Vikki has served as the Director of Instruction for Golf Channel's new online instructional program, SwingFix.com since the very beginning. She recruits, trains and manages instructors as well as teaches full time on the site. Due to her experience in teaching and the use of video analysis she is considered an expert on online lessons and frequently is asked to speak at educational seminars around the country.
Vikki has been a PGA Professional since 1998 and a golf instructor for almost 20 years. Her passion stems from learning to play the game at an early age. At 17, Vikki qualified for the LPGA Bank of Virginia Classic. She played college golf at the University of South Carolina and was all-SEC and all-Metro Conference, with 15 top-10 finishes. As an amateur, Vikki competed in, among other events, two U.S. Junior Amateurs, two U.S. Women's Amateurs, a U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and the North and South Amateur at Pinehurst. She also played on the Futures Professional Tour and posted a career-low round of 66.
During her career, Vikki has taught along side many great teachers, including Peggy Kirk Bell, Harvie Ward, Mike Bennett (Stack and Tilt) and David Orr among others. She has taught thousands of golfers, including men, women, juniors and touring professionals. From 2003 to 2010 Vikki focused her work on junior golfers. In 2009, she was named the National PGA Junior Golf Leader, and many of her students play golf on middle school, high school and college golf teams. Not only does she continue to do clinics throughout the country, Vikki is currently the High School varsity golf coach for both boys and girls team at the prestigious college prep school Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee.
I love working with all types of golfers, from beginners to tour players. I do not have a specific method that I teach but I do focus on fundamentals of the golf swing. I do not believe there is a perfect swing however, fundamentals are the key to having a simple, repetitive swing that creates the most power and consistency any player is looking for. My philosophy on teaching varies from student to student, depending on the goals of the student. Other factors that I take into consideration include physical limitations and opportunities to play and practice. The ultimate goal of becoming better comes down to playing and scoring. Some students strive to become the best they can and I help to create a program with checkpoints and how to take their game to the next level. Others simply want to play on the course and enjoy themselves. I encourage this, and find what works well for them.
“Vikki, Thank you for the feedback. Just have to say that you are so very good at what you do. Just in the way you can explain things and your delivery of that information is awesome. Just had to say that. Unfortunatley, it is raining here today and looks like I will have to wait until tomorrow to get out there and try some of these drills. Hopefully, if I can get these changes implemented, it will help me with that as well. I will let you know how it goes as soon as I can get out there. Thanks again. ”
“The lesson you gave me has really helped me visualize where I need to be. I have had varying success and find I have been able to keep my left arm straight (with abbreviated swing). My swing plane is much improved I have videoed my swing again and have made great strides. I can really relate to your teaching techniqes and want to continue with you after more reps. You are AWSOME!!! Talk to you soon.”
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.