I get asked by a lot of prospective instructors or current instructors looking to get better and build a bigger clientele base ‘how does one get to teach PGA Tour pros?
Here’s perhaps the most common way.
The ability to demonstrate your own abilities and to do it extremely well will always catch the eye of PGA Tour players. Mike Bennett (hitting shots here) is considered by many one of the best ballstrikers in the world and people who have told me they have seen him in person hit balls, say it’s one of the most impressive things you will watch in golf.
That’s how Sevam1 got hooked up with Steve Elkington.
Elk was impressed with Sevam’s ability and swing along with his theories and brought him in for a discussion and to see if he could really hit the ball as well as it looked on video. When he did they got to talking more about swing philosophies and theories and hit it off and the rest is history.
The same with Geoff Mangum:
Geoff can flat out putt and that draws the interest of PGA Tour pros. And it helps that he knows how to teach putting as well as anybody in the world.
Of course, there are other factors. Location is important, particularly being located in mini-tour hotbeds like Florida and Arizona. And some guys like Hank Haney happen to be in the right place at the right time, have success with one player (O’Meara) and they have friends that will help them as well.
Personally, I am more interested in knowledge and being able to teach that knowledge and having an ability to decipher what my issues are and how to correct them than an instructor’s actual ability.
I like to point out football kicking coach Doug Blevins. Blevins, a quadriplegic, has never kicked a football in his life…yet he’s one of the best kicking coaches ever.
But it’s nice to have somebody with ability to demonstrate and knows the rigors and how good players think.