Golf is one of the most popular sports across the globe. However, learning the basic skills of the game can be daunting.
Lessons from a Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) member are the most recommended way to build confidence prior to hitting the links. Fortunately for area golfers, Mobile County has one of the best.
Brandon Mauch of Heal My Swing Golf Performance Academy was recently named a “Top 50 Golf Coach” at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The PGA Class A Golf Professional teaches at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove course in West Mobile.
“Relationships are key,” Mauch told Lagniappe. “This involved getting people to truly believe they can better their game, perform a swing they are happy with and getting the results that they desire. This is so much more rewarding than what money can bring.”
Operation 36, a golf player development program, presented the award to Mauch. The news release stated the list is the only one of its kind that uses quantitative measures to determine who is making the biggest impact on golf through its program. An essential component of Operation 36 is the ability to measure progress for the golfer’s journey, so it is essential to evaluate the coaches who were nominated by a measurable standard.
“This was not an easy task to narrow down the list of coaches running Operation 36 to the Top 50,” said Operation 36 co-founder Ryan Dailey. “There are so many coaches delivering fantastic experiences for beginner golfers using Operation 36 around the world.”
The Operation 36 program is aimed at teaching beginner golfers. The group says most golf programs direct new players to get private golf lessons and then stay on the practice range until they are good enough to get on the course.
With Operation 36, all new players begin on the course. Instead of starting from the tee box, they play 25 yards away from the hole. Once the player shoots par (36) from 25 yards, they back up to 50 yards, and so on, until they are shooting even par (36) from the full tee box.
“The game comes from getting the student to shoot 36 or better,” Mauch said. “It is like levels in karate; once you pass, you go to another level. There are 12 subjects within the curriculum. It is the school of golf for after school.”
Operation 36 is now taught by almost 700 coaches across the world at nearly 500 golf facilities with more 28,000 golfers. This year they launched an initiative to create 1 million new golfers over the next five years.
“I opened spring classes today,” Mauch said last week during a telephone interview. “Operation 36 was developed 10 years ago at Campbell University. This is a program I wanted to implement to help students be better golfers.”
Living a dream
Mauch said he was a multi-sport athlete growing up in Dayton, Ohio. In golf, he consistently shot in the 70s, but was not the star.
“My high school team was very competitive,” he said. “I just loved the game of golf. Growing up, I was told ‘choose something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.’ That is what I decided to do. I created a career in golf and here I am.”
His first major step was to join Eastern Kentucky University’s PGA Golf Management Program. There he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with the PGA Golf Management concentration.
“The PGA has dedicated universities around America,” Mauch said. “You get your Class A golf professional status to work in the business. It was a brand new program at Eastern Kentucky and I was in the first class to graduate.
“I got a marketing degree, but other schools in the program offer degrees in food and beverage or turf management. You pick the university that matches what you want. It makes you a well-rounded PGA professional.”
However, the PGA element makes it more different than any other school.
“Immediately once you finish spring semester, you get shipped off to an internship for summer,” Mauch said. “You are not hanging out with friends. It is on-the-job training. When you graduate, you are fully ready and already doing your craft.”
He scored the equivalent of a hole in one when he was assigned to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, which is rated one of the top 10 resorts in America. First opened in 1999, there are five courses.
“It is a golfer’s heaven on earth,” Mauch said. “It is a full link style, like you would find in Scotland.”
Heading down south
After college, he went back to Ohio for one golf season. He then moved to join the Robert Trent Jones course.
“I wanted more of a climate to perform my craft for 12 months of the year,” Mauch said. “And I had some family living in Baldwin County. Mobile has worked out great.”
The origins of the Heal My Swing Golf Performance Academy can be traced back to when his father, Larry, was visiting.
“He asked what I wanted for Christmas,” Mauch said, “and I said I wanted to get my teaching career going. We came up with a website in 2014 and we started Heal My Swing.”
Mauch said millennial-aged golfers are his target audience.
“They work so hard that they forget to take care of their body,” Mauch said. “I wanted to market towards them. When I was at the PGA Center for Golf Learning in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, I worked with a fitness instructor there. He changed my teaching methods. You have to address how the body moves, and how to move more efficiently.”
Mauch, who hopes to franchise Heal My Swing one day, said his approach is unique among golf pros.
“My whole delivery is different than most instructors,” he said. “I start with a session that could be 45 minutes or 3 hours. I never leave a student hanging or confused. I say let’s go after the whole individual.”
Mauch has a passion for teaching junior golfers. He also has a class called Birdie Basics for ages 3 to 7.
“We also have a PGA Junior League,” he said. “The kids wear a jersey like a baseball team and play a scramble point system to score. I had 41 kids last summer.
“Right now, it is an in-house league. I hope other courses will add the program and they can compete against each other. I just want to grow the game of golf in any way I can.”
To learn more about these classes, visit healmyswing.com or call Mauch at 937-272-5141.
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