|Bio: Ben grew up playing at Sham Na Pum GC in Richland where he and friends would sometimes play 72 holes a day in the summer. He has worked at Shuksan for eight years, off and on. He started there when the course opened in 1994 but left a couple of years later to manage a Pro Golf Discount store in San Diego. He returned in 2007 and is now the head professional.
Teaching Philosophy: Once my student has the fundamentals of the address position correct, I like to talk about what he/she should be feeling during the swing. I do not want to concern them with getting the club into a specific position necessarily, as I believe that can add stress and prevent good tempo. Added to which, many people just can’t physically get into some of the positions some teachers advise. I encourage my pupils to visualize what shot they are trying to hit, remain relaxed and swing the clubhead freely.
Basic Rate: $45/45 minutes
Pre-Shot Routine Vital for Putts Too
Most golfers know the value of a pre-shot routine, even if they fail to complete one for every shot. What some don’t realize, however, is that a routine on the putting green is every bit as important as it on the tee or in the fairway.