Many know Rick
Smith the golf instructor, but few know about his
accolades as a player. He never lost a match at Upper St. Clair
High School near Pittsburgh, he qualified for the 1983 U.S. Open at
Oakmont, and in 1980 he shot a 61 in the PGA's club professional
Playing Ability Test."I learned a lot working for Walker Inman at
Scioto Country Club, and he believed that to be a great teacher of
the game, you had to be a pretty good player," says Smith. "I still
love playing golf. So much, I've actually thought about playing on
the Champions Tour when I turn 50."
Ever since he used to pass instruction notes to high school
teammates and give lessons to a then 14-year-old Lee Janzen, Smith
says his time spent on the lesson tee is his favorite part of the
MASTER TEACHING PROFESSIONAL TO THE PGA TOUR’S
Rick Smith, CEO and President of Rick Smith Enterprises, Inc., has
achieved great success in golf as a teacher, designer and
communicator. He is regarded as one of the PGA tour’s best
“sounding boards” for swing advice and has been consistently ranked
as one of the top five golf instructors in the world by Golf
Smith’s professional career has been molded under the tutelage of
several top PGA professionals including famed instructors: Don
Kotnik (Toledo CC), Walker Inman (Scioto CC), and Dick Harmon
(River Oaks). As Smith honed his skills he has assisted some of the
most accomplished golfers in the world including Phil Mickelson,
(currently the 4th ranked golfer in the world) Lee Janzen (two time
U.S. Open champion) and PGA Tour winners Rocco Mediate, Jerry
Kelly, and Matt Kuchar. He has also worked with PGA Tour pros Jack
Nicklaus-golfer of the century, Gary Nicklaus, Billy Andrade, Greg
Norman, Bill Glasson, David Duval, Vijay Singh, Ray Floyd, Paul
Azinger and many others.
Smith has established numerous golf academies and learning centers.
He currently operates Rick Smith Golf Academies at Treetops Resort
in Gaylord, Michigan, and Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida.
Rick Smith hosted the premier of the “Big Break” series in the fall
of 2003. The inaugural season broke the all-time Golf Channel’s
viewing ratings. The next season the “Big Break II”, more than
doubled the audience from the record breaking inaugural year. Rick
received accolades for his adept skill at building camaraderie
between contestants while stoking their competitive natures. He has
a unique knack for inviting the TV audience to live vicariously
through the contestants. Today, “The Big Break” is a successful
“series formula” that has excited the customary Golf Channel fan
while attracting a greater audience.
Rick Smith’s love for hosting golf instructional shows on
television began in 1994. That year, he developed “The Rick Smith
Signature Series”. The “Signature Series” was seen by worldwide
television audiences on ESPN, TSN (Canada), and Fox Sports Net. The
“Signature Series” ran for five years until Rick signed an
exclusive golf content deal with the Golf Channel in 1999. Rick has
also hosted “Inside the PGA Tour” and has been a commentator and
analyst for both NBC and ESPN telecasts of golf tournaments.
Rick Smith has won dozens of awards and accolades for his skill as
a golf course designer. The list includes his “Signature” course at
Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan, “Arcadia Bluffs” on Lake
Michigan and “Wuskowhan Player’s Club in Mount Olive, Michigan,
just to name a few.
Smith is also a respected and noted author. He is currently
teaching professional contributor for Golf Digest Pro Panel. He
previously served as instruction writer for Golf Magazine. He has
also written Major Series publications. Smith is author of the 1998
book “How to Find Your Perfect Golf Swing,” published by Broadway
Books, which is regarded as one of the top instruction books in the
Over his career, Smith’s many honors include being appointed
Michigan’s “Golf Ambassador” by Governor John Engler. Golf Magazine
has repeatedly honored him as one of America’s “Top 100 Teachers.”
Smith has been named National Teacher of the Year, National Golf
Professional of the Year and National Merchandiser of the Year.
CLUBFACE GOLF was founded by co-owners Dave Wesley
in San Clemente, California. Dave is a playing
and teaching professional in Orange County California. He has
obsessively been studying the golf swings of the games greatest
players and the teachings of what are considered to be the world's
best teachers for the past 30 years.
As Dave's teaching philosophy developed he realized that the “true”
secret of the golf swing is the clubface and the ability of the
golfer to control it throughout the entire golf swing. The majority
of golfers in the world do not have a good understanding of the
clubface position throughout the swing. Dave made the clubface
position throughout the entire golf swing the center piece of his
professional instruction, which resulted in his students achieving
greater success much more quickly.
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