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 email@example.com.
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!
Gary Greenquist, Teaching Professional
· Assistant to Mike LaBauve and Sandy Lumpkin LaBauve (Top 20 Golf Instructors of America) – Stonecreek GC, Paradise Valley, AZ, and
University Ridge, Madison, WI – 1988 – ‘92
· Teaching Professional, Tiger Point G&CC, Gulf Breeze, FL – 1992 – ‘95
· Teaching Professional, Minikahda Club, Mpls, MN – 1995 – 2014
Through my association with Mike LaBauve I had access to their PGA and LPGA Tour players and great Teaching Professionals from the Golf Digest Schools and John Jacobs Schools, like Jim Flick, Paul Runyan, Chuck Cook, Jack Lumpkin, Shelby Futch and Don Crawley. I’ve taken lessons from many other top teachers (like the Harmon bros.), in order to pick their brains. I’ve studied all of the swing “methods” ever devised, but I’ve learned the most from my students. I have had job offers from top ten instructors in the country, but chose to return to Minnesota.
A partial list of some student success:
· State Women’s Amateur
· State Women’s Match Play
· State High School – Boys
· State High School – Girls
· MGA Jr Girls (two different students)
· Kentucky State High School – Boys
· State PGA Jr – Boys (played in National PGA Jr)
· State PGA Jr – Girls
· State AAU – Boys
· Michigan Girls Captain & Big Ten Player of the Year
· Canadian Tour qualifier
· Bachelors degree – Business/Hospital Administration – Concordia College – 1975
· Masters degree – Healthcare Administration – University of Minnesota – 1978
· PGA of America – Class A-6 Golf Professional – Dixie Section – 1990
A portion of all lesson revenue will be donated to Crescent Cove. The mission of Crescent Cove, is to offer care and support to children and young adults with a shortened life-expectancy, and their families. We intend to fulfill this dream by creating one of only a handful of children’s residential hospice and respite care homes in the United States.