Bill Mory, PGA Professional
After spending 13 years as the Head Professional and Director of Golf at Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing, MI, my wife Karen and I purchased Meridian Sun Golf Club in Haslett, MI (formerly Pine Lake Golf Course) in February 2000. I grew up at a course much like Meridian Sun and taught myself to play with tips from my father and an old time golf pro by the name of Joe Nadolney. Shagging golf balls and playing as many as 54 holes in a day at High Cliff Golf Course in Wisconsin I learned that golf is about getting the ball into the hole in the fewest number of strokes. It wasn't about having the perfect swing, but rather about having fun and hitting as many good shots as I could muster.
During 36 years as a PGA Professional, I have taught both male and female golfers at every skill level from beginner to professional and every age from 2 to 96. My teaching and coaching philosophy and methods are simple and have been developed through years of study and experience in coaching my various students as well as from playing competitively throughout my life in high school, college and professional events such as the 2012 United States Senior Open, the PGA Tour's Buick Open and the Ben Hogan Tour (currently the Web.com tour).
I enjoy sharing my knowledge of the game and hope that it will not only help you to improve your game, but also enjoy it to the fullest. Golf is a game that is played and enjoyed for some many reasons including the beauty of the course landscape, recreation and socializing with friends and family, exercise, travel, competition with self and others and the challenge of hitting that perfect shot or improving on your best score. Yes, it has it's frustrating moments, but we should be thankful for those for without them, we could not enjoy the victories regardless of how big or small.
Many of my youth students have gone on to successful high school, college and professional careers, but what I find most rewarding is to see my students playing more golf and enjoying it at a higher level with their family and friends. My passion for junior golf and coaching kids is demonstrated in our terrific youth golf program at Meridian Sun Golf Club and in having served as both the Girls and Boys Golf Coach at Haslett High School for nine years. To learn more about our junior golf program and my philosophy on coaching youth player, please click here.
The game of golf has been a wonderful blessing my life and if the information I share can encourage you and others to play more golf and have more fun experiencing the many wonderful aspects of this game, I am humbled.
Stephanie Wagemann, Teaching Professional
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
Every person is unique physically, mentally and emotionally and therefore you can never teach two people the exact same swing, and you cannot teach two different people in the same way. I understand that there is greatness within each student, my job as their teacher or coach is to help them realize this greatness, and help remove any barriers that are getting between them and their full potential. I commit to helping the student become AWARE of what they are doing within their golf swing. Learning can only come through self-awareness. I will also focus on teaching the student what the club needs to be doing to get the desired results- since the club is what they use to hit the ball. As opposed to what they are doing with their body, because those feelings will be different for every player. I will focus on what to do and have the student DISCOVER how to do it.
No two golf swings will be the same. That being said, I believe that the most important thing for a golfer to learn is how the club face and the golf ball connect at the point of impact. It is also important for each individual golfer to develop a swing that is efficient for them, and that they are capable of repeating consistently from one swing to the next and that is similar from one club to another. The ultimate goal of the golf swing being to make the ball go to a chosen target, for a specified distance, through control of the club-face, by taking a proper set-up and swinging the club with the arms and rotation of the core-back and forward to a proper finish position.