Brad Pluth - PGA Certified Director of Instruction
TPI Level II, ACE Certified, US Kids Master Instructor
In recent years, Brad could be found on the lesson tee at Congressional Country Club, Maryland, The Raven in Arizona, Glen Lake Golf and Practice Center in Minnetonka, Troy Burne Golf Club in Wisconsin, and Minnetonka Country Club. He was the captain of the Central College Golf team and continues to compete in mini-tour and section events. Currently he is helping people achieve their golfing goals at The Golf Achievement Community at Bluff Creek in Chaska, MN.
Brad believes in measuring improvement for each individual while ensuring they have fun, freedom, power and belonging. To accelerate the learning process he strives to create this type of safe environment for each program. Just like no two people are alike, no two programs are exactly alike. Everyone should be treated as an individual since everyone thinks, feels, and observes the world differently.
Brad is dedicated to eduction and is an Authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine (GSEM), ACE Certified Personal Trainer, IYCA credited Youth Fitness Professional, and TPI Level II Golf Fitness Professional. He also created and is the Director of the Minnesota PGA Teaching Division and serves on the Education and Growth of Game Committees.
Brad is a strong believer in finding equipment for his players that complement their stroke rather than complicate it. He is a Taylor Made Staff Member and provides equipment for Taylor Made, PING Golf, Nike Golf, SeeMore Putters for adults, and US Kids Golf junior equipment.
Brad enjoys speaking and sharing what he's learned as he has traveled the world from Scotland, England, Dominican Republic, Japan, and all throughout the United States.
Brad believes that there is one ideal swing for you and that is based on what you are physically capable of doing.
Call or text (952) 401-GOLF (4653) to schedule your time or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up Close and Personal with Brad
Residence: Chaska, MN
Status: Married - Becky since 2002 with 4 kids
Education: Central College, Pella, IA; Economics, Class of 1998
Business Interests: Develop golf academies and grow the game of golf
Hobbies: Learning, listening to music, play golf with my friends, going out to eat, reading
Books/authors - The Bible, David Baldacci, Ken Blanchard, Mike Adams, EA Tischler
Golf tournament - The Masters, or my next event
International golf course - Cap Cana, The Old Course at St. Andrew'sResort golf course - Bandon Dunes, The River Course at Blackwolf Run, The Classic, Giant's Ridge, Congressional, The Boulder's South, Celebrity Course at Indian Wells.
Teaching books - Homer Kelley's "The Golfing Machine", "The LAW's of Golf", "Secrets of Owning Your Swing" series from EA Tischler, "Short Game Bible", "Golf Swing Secrets and Lies"
Golf Games - dollar putt/chip - set a dollar on the green and putt from different distances to see if you can get your ball to stay on the dollarBest advice from parents: Always do your best.
'Golf Achievement: 11 career hole in one's!
A goal: Operate 2000+ profitable academies throughout the world.
Most memorable moment of my career: Pitch shot in from center field into a hula hoop to win a trip to Vegas before a Twin's game
An Honor: 2009, 2011, 2012, US Kids Top 50 Instructor, 2011 Horton Smith Award and Master US Kids Instructor, 2013
Advice to young teachers: Observe and visit instructors who consistently fill their book. Read and watch everything you can.
Advice to young golfers: Golf is a game. Games should be fun!
Kevin Williams- PGA Director of Instruction at Majestic Oaks Golf Club
Kevin Williams is a PGA Professional with over 16 years in the golf industry. In that time he was the Assistant Golf Professional at Green Haven Golf Course in Anoka as well as the Head Golf Professional at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake, MN.
Kevin is the US Kids Local Tour Director for the Minneapolis area, as well as the After School Program Director for the Golf Achievement Community.
Kevin’s teaching philosophy is based on how the student learns, what the student’s goals are, and what the student can physically do. Kevin finds that there is no best swing in golf; there are just many variations that can be put in place to create success. His biggest priority is to properly communicate the golf swing in a positive way so the student can make the changes to their game.
Kevin's biggest thrill as an instructor is watching a student grasp a concept or find a swing that they thought they would never get. Each lesson with Kevin is carefully constructed to achieve different results, be it good or bad. We learn best by learning how not do something, so failure during a lesson is not only likely, but required! Kevin likes to see his students create swings to make the ball travel left, right, up,down, spin left and right in order to see the interaction of the club on the ball. Students will walk away from their lesson with a greater understanding and ownership of their swing, not a copy of the "ideal" swing.
Contact Kevin at email@example.com or 612-242-4362 to schedule a lesson or discuss lesson options.
Up Close and Personal with Kevin
Residence: Robbinsdale, MN
Status: Married to Sara since 2007 with 2 children, Corinne and Nolan
Education: Minnesota State University, General Business Management
Business Interests: Operate and Manage Golf Achievement Communities across the country (and world, but first things first).
Hobbies: spending time with family, basketball, football
Non-Golf Books/authors - Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum,
Golf tournament –Ryder Cup and the Masters
International golf course – Does Iowa count?
Resort golf course - Celebrity Course at Indian Wells, The Classic at Maddens
Teaching books – Ben Hogan’s Five Fundamentals, Homer Kelley's "The Golfing Machine", "The LAW's of Golf", "Secrets of Owning Your Swing" series from EA Tischler, "Short Game Bible," "Golf Swing Secrets and Lies"
Golf Games – Cow Pasture Pool, Closest to the Line, HORSE, too many to count!
Best advice from parents: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes (And yes, I did heed their advice)
Golf Achievement: Passed PAT on first attempt (Ask Brad how he did on the PAT) and played in 3 Minnesota State Opens (results are not that important…).
A goal: Teach 100,000 golf lessons in my career.
Most memorable moment of my career: Holding a course record for 4 days.
Advice to young teachers: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and LEARN from other
teachers. Always grow your teaching portfolio and get outside your comfort zone.
Advice to young golfers: Don’t be perfect, don’t get it right, don’t worry about unintended consequences, and you will learn from every shot you hit, guaranteed.
Chad Raymond- Golf Coach and Personal Trainer
Chad received his Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & Rehabilitation with a Minor in Nutrition from Central Michigan University in 1999. Chad is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and Muscle Activation Technique.
He is also a certified PGTAA Golf Master Teaching Professional. Chad works with all levels of fitness from injury rehabilitation clients to professional athletes. Sport specific training for all sports is available. Being a golf Master Teaching Professional Chad not only has a golf specific exercise training program but he also has the ability to do swing analysis in studio with video feedback. Each workout is based on the clients physical ability and limitations as well as personal goals.
Training Philosophy: Utilize functional movements designed to increase flexibility, range of motion, strength, power, endurance and injury prevention using exercises that mimic activities performed in daily life but at the same time have FUN!
Matt Ward - Clubfitting Specialist
Matt Ward joined the staff in 2013 as a Taylor Made Master Fitter and Staff Professional. He has been in the golf industry teaching and fitting players for over 15 years. He has worked with Taylor Made for the past 6 years and was the Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato for two years. He has also worked as a Teaching Professional at the Jamestown Country Club (ND), the Ponds Golf Course, and Timber Creek Golf Course.
Matt has degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato (MS in Sport Management) and the University of Minnesota (Master of Liberal Studies, BS in Recreation and Certificate of Innovation Studies).
Matt believes in helping golfers enjoy the game more and believes that the game is meant to be fun. You will have fun at his lessons……he guarantees it!
His teaching philosophy revolves around the fact that each golfer is unique and no two swings are alike. This means that each golfer will be assessed individually and will learn how to improve based on their unique body type and swing traits.
To schedule a lesson or fitting with Matt, please call 612-803-8853 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.