about Brian and his Philosophy

About Brian

As a Class A Member of the PGA, Brian has spent a lifetime perfecting the craft of simplifying the ideas that are often confusing in golf. His relaxed approach takes the intimidation factor out of your golf coaching sessions. In his 25 years as a PGA Professional, and 33 plus years as a player, he has been in your shoes and understands the challenges and frustrations faced during the learning process.  Brian has trained under one of the top 50 instructors of all time, Dr. Jim Suttie and countless others. 

Golf is Brian's life, it is his passion and very proud to say that golf is the ONLY job ever had. Brian has found a great home at Prairie landing and proud to be in his 11th season.

As a player and a coach, Brina has witnessed everyone swings differently and that’s okay.  Extensive training and Certified Instructor of The Golfing Machine combined with the latest technology, the FlightScope Launch Monitor gives him the experience to help you reach new heights.

The modern day idea that we all have to swing robotically isn’t justified and simply does not work. Using your own personal strengths and weaknesses to your advantage is challenging but it’s the only way to long-term success.

The instant when one of his students masters that “A-Ha moment” for what he is teaching, and it becomes second nature, is the best part of his day. The look of mastery on a student’s face is what fuels Brian as a coach.

Brian was drawn to full time coaching in 1997 when he realized that never-ending learning and passing on my knowledge to other players was what he enjoyed the most. It was through being top player that he learned how to be a good coach. Playing in the Motorola Western Open(click to see my brief stats) PGA tour event gave me a profound eye-opening experience and was privileged to coach a student who was a 19 year old alternate at the US Open in 2011 at Congressional CC.  Walking the range as both a competitor and a coach gives Brian a unique perspective. Believe me, in the last 30 years, Brian has encountered EVERY on course experience imaginable.

Golf is what wakes Brian up in the morning. His internal desire for CANI (constant and never-ending improvement – in the words of Tony Robbins) challenges him to keep practicing and play better.

He was 13 the first time picked up a club. His friends were golfers and introduced me to the game in the summer before Freshman year. He was instantly addicted to golf, practiced daily, made our varsity team and helped them win the state championship, twice.

During my college days, playing on full scholarship for Northern Illinois University, he learned a ton about golf from a coaching perspective. Going though school with golf as my rock really grounded me and shaped who I am today. Resilience, respect and perseverance, none of which can be taught, are some of the best character building strengths he prides himself on achieving through years playing at every competitive level.

Brian’s passion for teaching golf is your opportunity to learn side-by-side with one of the area’s premier golf instructors. He subscribes to the philosophy that everyone swings differently, and that’s ok. Changing habits is challenging, but it is always extremely rewarding in the end. Having an extensive competitive career gives Brian the advantage of having been a player and the student. Brian has been through every golf experience so he knows the struggles golfers go through and can help them improve.

Brian says, “when a player seeks my coaching expertise, ‘we’ then become a team working towards the best interest of the players abilities in the quest for better golf. He understands that there is no magic pill or magical combination of words a coach can say to make it better instantly. Lasting changes in a swing or game take time, patience and dedication to the process.”

One Size DOES NOT Fit All.

With Brian, it’s all about YOU! There is no single quick fix that works for every golfer. Over time, while taking lessons directly from golf legend Dr. Jim Suttie (“One of America’s Top 20 Greatest Teachers – Golf Digest), Brian has learned how to conduct pin point swing evaluations and provide solutions that work WITH the player’s body type, not against it.

Everyone’s swing, body type, and tendencies are different. “I don’t subscribe to any one theory on how to swing a golf club,” Brian says. “I believe in taking an artful approach in analyzing each golfer’s unique swing, and then applying a baseline of fundamentals to help them achieve a more productive result.”

It’s this unique analysis of your individual swing that sets Brian apart from other golf instructors. By taking the time to understand your swing, your body type and your goals, Brian will ultimately make you much happier on the course.

Both Student & Teacher

Brian’s swing has changed over time and continues to change to this day. During college, he began learning exclusively from Dr. Jim Suttie. He had 100% belief in his coach and he worked tirelessly to improve. Brian was a student long before he was a coach, so he understands the challenges golfers face while learning new skills.

Brian spent countless hours observing Dr. Suttie, focusing on how he evaluated the golf swing. It was here, that Brian learned how to pin point problem areas within a swing. He learned how to work within a player’s body type in order to seamlessly make changes that would improve their game. It’s this individual approach that Brian brings to each student that sets him apart from other teachers.

To this day, Brian continues to study the works of top teachers and how they approach each person’s unique swing characteristics. Even great teachers need to remain teachable!

The Game Improvement Triad

The “Game Improvement Triad” is a cyclical diagram Brian uses to break the game down into the most basic areas of golf instruction.

Technique / Instruction

This area deals with the basic fundamentals of moving an object, the golf ball, towards an intended target. The fundamentals of the basic stroke fall within this area. The basic fundamentals are:

  • Grip: Holding the club properly.
  • Balance: Maintaining good balance throughout the swing.
  • Posture: Maintaining good posture throughout the swing.
  • Club Motion: The only positions in this are the beginning, top of the swing and the end of the swing.

Equipment

This area deals with understanding the basics of properly fitted equipment. Equipment should help, rather than hinder a golfer’s game. Having the proper “tools” will make the game more enjoyable, because it will work WITH your natural swing, instead of against it. In addition, this area touches on whether or not you have the proper range of clubs in your bag to fit your playing style.

On-Course Coaching

Range practice is important while grooving a new skill set into your swing, but the only true way anyone gets better is by taking their practice to the course. Brian’s background as a highly competitive player can help you with your game under any playing condition. This combines the areas of technique and equipment and tests their effectiveness on the golf course. There is a great deal of information one can learn while playing a few holes. Brian will help you understand course strategy, mental aspects, club selection, uneven lies, rules, etiquette and much more.