Liam Mucklow

Liam Mucklow

Director of Education

Liam Mucklow spent the first 7 years of his career playing professionally across Asia and North America before focusing his energy on...

Read Full Bio
Liam Mucklow

Liam Mucklow

Director of Education

Liam Mucklow spent the first 7 years of his career playing professionally across Asia and North America before focusing his energy on coaching. Since 2008 he has worked closely with the PGA of Canada to provide the highest level of coaching insight and player performance analysis with the assistance of launch monitor technology.

Michael Breed

Michael Breed

Board Advisor

Michael Breed is currently Golf Digest's Chief Digital Instructor, the host of his own Sirius XM Radio show "A New Breed of Golf," and a PGA....

Read Full Bio
Michael Breed

Michael Breed

Board Advisor

Michael Breed is currently Golf Digest's Chief Digital Instructor, the host of his own Sirius XM Radio show "A New Breed of Golf," and a PGA.com Analyst - all while heading his own golf academy, Michael Breed Golf Academy at Trump Ferry Point. He points to being named PGA's National Teacher of the Year (2012) as the highest honor of his career.

Michael was the Head Golf Professional at Sunningdale Country Club from 2001-2012 and was previously also Head Golf Professional at Birchwood Country Club and Assistant Professional at Deepdale Golf Club and Augusta National Golf Club. Over his career, he has worked with over 30 PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide (Web.com) Tour, and Senior Tour players. He has served on several boards for the Metropolitan PGA for over 10 years and has represented the PGA of America at the National Golf Day in Washington, D.C. for the past three years. He is also very involved in charities including the Folds of Honor, Hope for the Warriors, Wounded Warriors Foundation, and Salute Military Golf Association.

Career Highlights

2012 PGA National Teacher of the Year

Director of Instruction at Michael Breed Golf Academy at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point

Host of "The Golf Fix" TV show on Golf Channel

Published 2 instructional books

Golf Digest Top 50 Instructors in America (2011)

Martin Hall

Martin Hall

Board Advisor

Martin Hall turned professional in 1975. He has competed on the European Tour as well, and has since turned his career toward teaching the...

Read Full Bio
Martin Hall

Martin Hall

Board Advisor

Martin Hall turned professional in 1975. He has competed on the European Tour as well, and has since turned his career toward teaching the game he loves. Martin is currently the head teaching professional at Ibis Golf and Country Club.

As an instructor, Martin's accolades and awards include Florida chapter teacher of the year, Florida section teacher of the year, 2008 PGA of American National Teacher of the Year, and appearances in the Golf Magazine Top 100 since 1994 and the Golf Digest Top 50 since the list's start in 2000. He is also a Master Professional of the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland.

Martin has hosted Golf Channel's School of Golf since 2011 and has published 3 books and written nuemrous articles in golf magazines. He is a sought-after speaker, and has given presentatioins at the PGA of America Coaching and Teaching Summit five times as well as presenting for the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland.

He works with golfers of all levels - Tour players, Major winners, mini tour players, up-and-coming juniors, amateurs, and club-level players. His wife, Lisa, was a Tour player with 9 worldwide wins and 2 Solheim Cup appearances. They have shared this journey together and remain very much a team.

Martin has made it a lifetime vocation to learn from the best teachers and players in the game. He names John Jacobs, Bob Toski, Jim Flick, Harvey Penick, Ben Doyle, Chuck Cook, Hank Haney, and Dr. Rob Neal as his biggest influences.

Technology

Alongside Foresight Sports launch monitors, other golf technologies that Martin uses in both instruction and research include K Vest, AMM 3D Motiona Analysis, and SAM Putt Lab.

Butch Harmon

Butch Harmon

Board Advisor

Butch Harmon has been involved in the golf arena for over 49 years. His father, Claude Harmon, a renowned club and teaching professional and...

Read Full Bio
Butch Harmon

Butch Harmon

Board Advisor

Butch Harmon has been involved in the golf arena for over 49 years. His father, Claude Harmon, a renowned club and teaching professional and 1948 Masters Champion, introduced him to the game. Harmon followed in his father's footsteps by becoming an accomplished player on the PGA Tour in the early 1970's. In 1971, his final year on the PGA Tour, Harmon won the B.C. Open. Now, for 14 years running, Butch has been voted as the top instructor in a poll of his peers as conducted by Golf Digest.

Harmon is the President of Butch Harmon School of Golf in Las Vegas, NV, and he travels around the country playing in corporate and charity golf outings. He is a leading analyst for British Sky Broadcasting for the last 17 years and covers US Open, PGA, Ryder Cup, Players Championship, and all world events. Additionally, Harmon has been a teaching instructor to several PGA Tour pros, including Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmie Walker, Gary Woodland, and LPGA Tour star Natalie Gulbis. He has also worked with Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Nick Watney, Gary Woodland, Fred Couples, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Darren Clarke, Stewart Cink, Justin Leonard, and Mark Calcavecchia. His students have combined for over 140 tour wins worldwide while under his tutelage.

Peter Kostis

Peter Kostis

Board Advisor

Peter began his career in golf as an Assistant Professional. His passion for teaching quickly grew as he studied the greats of the game and...

Read Full Bio
Peter Kostis

Peter Kostis

Board Advisor

Peter began his career in golf as an Assistant Professional. His passion for teaching quickly grew as he studied the greats of the game and began a career as a teacher. By 1974 he was one of the original head instructors of the Golf Digest Schools. At these schools he collaborated on a daily basis with the likes of Bob Toski, Jim Flick, Davis Love Jr., Paul Runyan, and Sam Snead until 1986. During this time, he gave substatial amount of the 150,000 lessons he has given in over 20 countries. He also worked with major champion students like Bernhard Langer, Mark Calcavecchia, and Grace Park.

In 1989 he became the lead analyst of USA Network's golf team until 2004. Peter has also been a golf analyst for CBS Network since 1990. During his time as a teacher and a television analyst, Peter has been in both the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher List every year since their conception. His reputation as both an instructor and announcer earned him an Emmy for his Konica-Minolta Bizhub Swingvision analysis on CBS.

Highlights

Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher List every year since its conception

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher List every year since its conception

Original Head Instructor for the Golf Digest Schools 1974-86

Taught over 150,000 lessons in over 20 countries

Lead golf analyst, USA Network, 1989-2004

Golf analyst for CBS Network 1990-present 

Emmy Award winner for Konica-Minolta Bizhub Swingvision analysis on CBS

Tony Luczak

Tony Luczak

Board Advisor

Tony has developed his golf swing and game learning model, "Reactionary Golf," based on motor control and learning strategies validated by...

Read Full Bio
Tony Luczak

Tony Luczak

Board Advisor

Tony has developed his golf swing and game learning model, "Reactionary Golf," based on motor control and learning strategies validated by scientific research. His golf research has been published in the International Journal of Golf Science and Golf Digest. Tony has presented his research globally, most recently at the Gulf States PGA Education Summit and the 2014 World Scientic Congress of Golf in Queensland, Australia.

A PGA Member since 1992, Tony Luczak has been honored with the 1998 Northeastern New York PGA Teacher of the Year award and the 2000 "Top Instructors" recognition by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest. In 2008, Tony was awarded the Gulf States PGA Section Presidents Award and was the Callaway Club Fitter of the Year for the Southwest Region. Tony has worked with various professional golfers that have played on the PGA and Champions Tours. Several of his junior golfers have earned scholarships playing NCAA and NAIA collegiate golf. 

Scott Lynn

Scott Lynn

Board Advisor

A professor in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) at California State University, Fullerton, Scott has been involved with sport, physical activity,...

Read Full Bio
Scott Lynn

Scott Lynn

Board Advisor

A professor in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) at California State University, Fullerton, Scott has been involved with sport, physical activity, and exercise throughout his life. He has dual undergraduate degrees from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) in Physical and Health Education and Life Sciences, where he also was a member of the varsity golf, football, and lacrosse teams.

After undergrad, Scott continued on to do an MSc and PhD in orthopedic biomechanics. 

Achievements and Titles:

PhD, MSc in Orthopedic Biomechanics - Queen's University, Canada

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Spine Biomechanics - University of Waterloo, Canada

Professor in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) - California State University, Fullerton

Director, Center for Sport Performance - California State University, Fullerton

Director of Research & Education - Swing Catalyst

Consultant, Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club (NHL)

Associate Editor, International Journal of Golf Science

Associate Editor, Strength and Conditioning Journal

James Ridyard

James Ridyard

Board Advisor

James Ridyard is a golf instructor, researcher, and co-owner of the Short Game Secrets brand which brings some of the highest-selling...

Read Full Bio
James Ridyard

James Ridyard

Board Advisor

James Ridyard is a golf instructor, researcher, and co-owner of the Short Game Secrets brand which brings some of the highest-selling independently-produced intstructional videos to the industry. As an instructor, he spends the majority of his time working with elite players and has spent time coaching on all the major professional tours but also ensures that he spends time working players of all levels at his home base in the UK. 

In 2015, James received the great honor being invited to speak at the PGA of America's Teaching & Coaching Summit. His presentation was highly talked about, and his success there led to James being named to Golf Magazine's 2015 Innovators list, and to an invitation to speak at his home PGA's Teaching & Coaching Conference later that year.

Mark Sheftic

Mark Sheftic

Board Advisor

Mark grew up in South Central Pennsylvania, where he spent his childhood picking up golf balls, learning how to swing a club, and driving...

Read Full Bio
Mark Sheftic

Mark Sheftic

Board Advisor

Mark grew up in South Central Pennsylvania, where he spent his childhood picking up golf balls, learning how to swing a club, and driving golf carts. He began taking golf more seriously at 16, and his golf career started with high school records and winning the York County Amateur; he went on to play for Coker College in Hartsville, SC where he was a 3-time NAIA All-conference player. His passion for the game brought him to multiple mini-tour events ad professional tournaments.

Inspired by great golf instructors - including his father, Ted Sheftic - Mark branched out and began analyzing the golf swing. He began teaching at John's Island in Vero Beach before moving back to Pennsylvania. Now a teaching professional at Merion Golf Club, Mark works with all levels of players on their golf game, focusing on developing fundamentals, mental strategies, and confidence to shoot lower scores. 

Achievements:

Played PGA Championship (2009, 2010, 2013)

PGA Cup Team Member (2009, 2010, 2013)

Teacher of the Year - Philly Section (2011)

Golf Magazine Best Teacher in PA - Ranked 3rd (2013, 2014)

Ted Sheftic

Ted Sheftic

Board Advisor

A co-founder of Pace-Sheftic Golf Schools, Ted played on the South American and Mexican Tour from 1970-1998. Now, he has golfers come from...

Read Full Bio
Ted Sheftic

Ted Sheftic

Board Advisor

A co-founder of Pace-Sheftic Golf Schools, Ted played on the South American and Mexican Tour from 1970-1998. Now, he has golfers come from across the United States for lessons, including several LPGA Tour players and many top amateurs. His natural, easy way of communicating and excellent drills help golfers of all levels.

Achievements:

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher (2003-present)

Golf Digest Best Teacher in PA (2000-Present)

PGA Teacher of the Year, Philly Section (1987, 1994, 2000, 2013)

PGA Horton Smith Award Winner (1998)

PGA Central Counties PGA Professional of the Year (1987)

PGA National Teaching Committee (2013-14)

Philadelphia Section PGA Hall of Fame (Inducted 2016)

Kevin Sprecher

Kevin Sprecher

Board Advisor

In 1992, Kevin Sprecher began working for Jim McLean at the Sleepy Hollow CC in Scarborough, NY during the summer and the Doral Resort and...

Read Full Bio
Kevin Sprecher

Kevin Sprecher

Board Advisor

In 1992, Kevin Sprecher began working for Jim McLean at the Sleepy Hollow CC in Scarborough, NY during the summer and the Doral Resort and Spa in the winter. For three years, Kevin assisted McLean with private lessons, schools, seminars, and clinics. He worked closely with PGA, LPGA, and Web.com touring professionals and conducted follow-up lessons with Jim McLean's private students.

He has been the Director of Instruction at Sleepy Hollow CC for the past fifteen years, and previously spent the summers teaching at Atlantic GC (2002), Glen Oaks CC (1995-1996), and The Piping Rock Club (1997).

Kevin has had the chance to work with a number of PGA, LPGA, and top amateurs including Tom Kite, Cristie Kerr, Kelli Kuehne, Peter Jacobsen, Len Mattiace, Liselotte Neumann, Brad Faxon, Tommy McDonagh, John Ervasti, Allan Small, George Zahringer, and Bill Murray.

Other titles/achievements:

Metropolitan PGA Section Teacher of the Year (2018)

Golf Digest-ranked #12 instructor in New York (2017-18)

 

Tina Tombs

Tina Tombs

Board Advisor

Tina was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1962 to a family of avid golfers. With a born athleticism, it was natural for her to take up the game of...

Read Full Bio
Tina Tombs

Tina Tombs

Board Advisor

Tina was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1962 to a family of avid golfers. With a born athleticism, it was natural for her to take up the game of golf. Tina went on to golf for Arizona State University after receiving numberous full athletic scholarships for both golf and swimming; she graduated from ASU with a BS in Physical Education and a minor in Anatomy and Physiology. 

As founder, President, and Director of Instruction of Tina Tombs Golf at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, Tina oversees and organizes the overall education and teaching programs. These highly sought-out programs are designed to benefit the students and provide well-rounded, individually-structured programs following the LPGA Teaching and Education Programs.

Off the golf course, Tina engages with the community through involvement in Wings of Gold as Arizona State University, Barrow's Neurological Institute, Boys and Girls Club, and various Breast Cancer organizations nationally.

Achievements:

2017-18 Golf Digest Best Teachers in State - Arizona

2017-18 LPGA Top 50 Best Teachers

2017 Arizona Golf Association - Ed Updegraff Spirit of Golf Award

2017 Nominee: Arizona Sports Hall of Fame

2016, 17 US Kids Top 50 Teacher

2014 LPGA National Teacher of the Year

Bill Abrams

Bill Abrams

Staff

A PGA Member since 1993, Bill is experienced as an award-winning players' coach and advisor. His results-based, holistic coaching produces...

Read Full Bio
Bill Abrams

Bill Abrams

Staff

A PGA Member since 1993, Bill is experienced as an award-winning players' coach and advisor. His results-based, holistic coaching produces lasting consistency and results. Bill focuses on total player improvement and stresses solid fundamentals to create consistent play. Motto: "Specializing in making players smile."

Achievements:

2017, 2004 CIPGA Teacher of the Year

2015 IPGA Professional of the Year

2015, 16, 17 GRAA Top 50 Growth of Game Professional

Member of PGA Magazine Teaching and Clubfitting Advisory Board

USKids Golf Top 50 Master Teacher

Mike Granato

Mike Granato

Staff

Mike Granato is a golf professional in Cartersville, GA and one of the founding professionals of Athletic Motion Golf (AMG). Mike works with...

Read Full Bio
Mike Granato

Mike Granato

Staff

Mike Granato is a golf professional in Cartersville, GA and one of the founding professionals of Athletic Motion Golf (AMG). Mike works with players on every major professional golf tour, but he didn't come to golf through the traditional routes. Having been a Division I basketball player in college, Mike works to bring the athlete out of the golfer. He was one of the earliest adopters of pressure mapping, and possibly the first to integrate that technology with optical club tracking data from Foresight Sports. That integration has led to key findings regarding improved athletic timing and club/ball contact.

Mike enjoys bringing more of the "Tour" experience and information to the average golfer. It's why he and his partners founded AMG.

AMG derives much of their content from two generations of Foresight "Game Changer" launch monitors. 

Justin Hill

Justin Hill

Staff

Justin Hill has spent 15 years coaching on the PGA, Web.com, LPGA, and Champions Tours. Currently the Director of Instruction at Greystone...

Read Full Bio
Justin Hill

Justin Hill

Staff

Justin Hill has spent 15 years coaching on the PGA, Web.com, LPGA, and Champions Tours. Currently the Director of Instruction at Greystone Country Club and owner of his own Justin Hill Academy, Justin has been nominated to Golf Digest's Best Golf Teachers in Arkansas 6 times and was a 2017 FCG Top 25 Elite Junior Golf Coach Award winner.

His Golf Swing Lab focuses on using technology analysis software combined with biomechanics and psychology to help students improve. His Putting Lab is the #1 Putting lab in the state of Arkansas.

 

Paul Kaster

Paul Kaster

Staff

Paul Kaster is one of the country’s leading junior golf coaches. The Forsgate Country Club Director of Instruction since 2015, Paul was...

Read Full Bio
Paul Kaster

Paul Kaster

Staff

Paul Kaster is one of the country’s leading junior golf coaches. The Forsgate Country Club Director of Instruction since 2015, Paul was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Best Teachers in New Jersey for 2017-18 and was honored by US Kids Golf as one of 2017’s top 50 teachers. He has taught putting on the PGA Tour and is a National Staff Member for SeeMore Putters and Cobra-Puma Golf, and has certifications from the Titleist Performance Institute, AimPoint, and K-Motion.

Prior to arriving at Forsgate, Paul learned the game on Chicago’s historic Jackson Park Golf Course, then attended Colgate University where he co-captained the golf team before leaving early to play professionally. He competed for three years on the Golden Bear (Gateway) Tour and other mini-tours, but injury thwarted his quest to play on the PGA Tour. He returned to Rutgers, where he graduated with highest honors and a B.A. in Political Science, after which he went on to earn a Juris Doctorate Degree and pass the Bar Exams in both New York and New Jersey. He worked as a child protective services prosecutor before returning to a career in golf. 

At Forsgate, Paul coaches group and private programs for adult and junior students to help them improve quickly. His junior clients have won events on the AJGA, IMG, IJGT and Hurricane Junior Tours. 12 of his junior clients have earned spots in the US Kids Golf World Championships. Paul uses his competitive experiences as he coaches, having made it through local qualifying for the US Open in 2015 and led the Forsgate team to victory with nine birdies at the 2015 NJPGA Open Pro Am. 

Robert Merrill

Robert Merrill

Staff

A Division I tennis player, professional poker player, day trader, entrepreneur, and now a Golf Professional in Lafayette, LA, Robert has...

Read Full Bio
Robert Merrill

Robert Merrill

Staff

A Division I tennis player, professional poker player, day trader, entrepreneur, and now a Golf Professional in Lafayette, LA, Robert has learned from many experts across many different fields. 

Having not come to golf through conventional means, Robert integrates his experiences from other industries while helping golfers focus on the things that will help them improve in the shortest amount of time.

Robert now works with golfers of all levels, helping them shortcut their improvement - whether it's going from shooting in the 80s to becoming a club champion or advancing from the Web.com Tour to the PGA. 

Like his co-founders at Athletic Motion Golf (AMG), Robert has worked with almost all the technology available in golf, but knows that improving club delivery dynamics and ball flight and accentuating athleticism are straight-line pathways to progressing in golf - which is why the Foresight Sports GCQuad is so important in his instruction.

Nick Papadakes

Nick Papadakes

Staff

Nick is the Head Golf Professional at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, IL. Prior to Onwentsia, he served as the Head Professional at the...

Read Full Bio
Nick Papadakes

Nick Papadakes

Staff

Nick is the Head Golf Professional at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, IL. Prior to Onwentsia, he served as the Head Professional at the Old Elm Club in nearby Highland Park.

Nick is an Officer on the Illinois PGA Board of Directors and has served on the Board since 2010. A two-time winner of the Illinois Section's Horton Smith Award and current Bill Strausbaugh Award winner, Nick is dedicated to serving his Club and the PGA.

Nick has been using the GC2 with HMT for several years now and credits his success in club fitting, especially in sales, to the Foresight hardware and software. 

Quote:

"Thanks to Foresight Sports simulation software, golf is now a 365 day a year sport at Onwentsia Club. Our simulator averages 40-50 hours per week in the off-season and my staff's lesson revenue is steady, even in the winter months."

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Staff

Jeff Smith is the Director of Instruction for The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Indiana and Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh, Indiana and...

Read Full Bio
Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Staff

Jeff Smith is the Director of Instruction for The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Indiana and Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh, Indiana and has been teaching and fitting people for clubs at Otter Creek Golf Course for almost a decade. Now one of the most sought-after instructors in the state of Indiana, Jeff has also been a guest teaching professional at various golf schools and courses in North and South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Nevada, Illinois, and Florida. Jeff also teaches teachers at various venues across the Midwest.

Since 1994, Jeff has taught over 20,000 lesson hours. He was lead instructor for the PGA's Growth of the Game Junior Golf Clinic at the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship in French Lick, IN, Jr. Clinic Chairman at the 2014 PGA Championship Junior & Veteran Golf Clinic in Louisville, KY, and an instructor at the Jr. Golf Clinic at the 2015 Sr. PGA Championship in French Lick, IN.

Positions and Achievements:

Director of Instruction - The Sagamore Club (Noblesville, IN 2018)

Director of Instruction - Timbergate Golf Course (Edinburgh, IN 2018)

Director of Instruction, North America - Smart 2 Move (2018)

Golf Digest Magazine #6 Top Teach in Indiana (2015-16)

Player Development Award Winner, Indiana Section PGA (2018)

Horton Smith Award Winner, Indiana Section PGA (2004)

Teacher of the Year Nominee, Indiana Section PGA (2011-18)

Golf Professional of the Year Nominee, Indiana Section PGA (2009)

Nick Starchuck

Nick Starchuck

Staff

A veteran, award-winning golf instructor, Nick Starchuk has spent his adult life searching for knowledge about the golf swing and the methods...

Read Full Bio
Nick Starchuck

Nick Starchuck

Staff

A veteran, award-winning golf instructor, Nick Starchuk has spent his adult life searching for knowledge about the golf swing and the methods that will make his students better players. “My goal has always been to seek out coaches, doctors, and trainers and learn from the best so I have a holistic understanding of the best way to assist those who come to me for instruction,” says Starchuk. “That means spending time watching the best players in the game on the range at a PGA Tour event, or observing a great coach working with a new golfer. The goal is the same—to learn as much as I can. It is an never-ending process.”

Starchuk’s successes are in golf academy leadership, developing programs at Mississaugua Golf & CC and Glen Abbey Golf Club outside of Toronto over the last 15 years. Furthermore, Nick has also established himself as one of Canada’s leading educators on golf launch monitors and indoor simulation systems to further advance golf through Canada’s winter months. He has multiple fitness and mental coaching certifications, and has coached both college and professional golfers, currently works with Canadian Provincial and National team players as well as Professional on the MacKenzie Tour. His boutique style coaching sessions offer golfers access to a private environment and unique proven approach to improvement.

David Thompson

David Thompson

Staff

David is the Head Golf Professional at Crystal Lake Country Club in Crystal Lake, IL. He has been a member of the Foresight Sports Advisory...

Read Full Bio
David Thompson

David Thompson

Staff

David is the Head Golf Professional at Crystal Lake Country Club in Crystal Lake, IL. He has been a member of the Foresight Sports Advisory Board since 2015, when he was one of the first professionals to turn his GC2 launch monitor into a simulator - which PGA Magazine featured in an article the same year. David now uses a GCQuad with Essential Putting Analysis to teach lessons, club fit his students, and create a year-round environment. David has been a Top 50 US Kids Teacher honorable mention 5 of the last 6 years. 

Quote:

"Foresight Sports and the GCQuad have helped me become a better teacher, club fitter, and overall PGA Golf Professional."