I am the author of The Fit Is IT!! How Custom Club Fitting Matters To YOUR Golfing Dreams (self published). More than 1,000 readers have downloaded the Amazon Kindle and print versions of this book. It has received more than thirty 4 and 5 Star reviews.
This is the web page for my Game Improvement Golf business. It is focused on custom golf club fitting and golf short game improvement. My mission is to help golfers understand what true custom club fitting is, and how it will help you to play your best golf, shoot lower scores, and have more fun on the golf course. From time to time I write about things that do not fit neatly custom fitting and short game improvement, but my writing is always about helping golfers play their best golf.
My goal is create interesting and valuable information on custom club fitting and short game improvement so that golfers will know the truth about what can help them play their best golf. If you want to learn interesting, useful, and new information to help you play better, my web site is for you!
I publish my Club Fact Blog each Monday. Every other week through my Blog, I publish a Podcast – The Golf Improvement Podcast. Each Podcast includes an interview with an expert in custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to help you play your best. You can subscribe to receive, by email, my Blog and Podcast by clicking the link below:
I also write a monthly Constant Contact email newsletter on custom club fitting and short game improvement; this is published on the 15th of each month. You can subscribe to my monthly newsletter – and view archives of past newsletters – by clicking on the links on the right side of my Using My Web Site Page.
In 2014 I published a free eBook – It's Time YOU Improved Your Putting! – that describes simple tasks that golfers can accomplish to help them improve their putting. Click on the book title to download this eBook.
I was born in McKees Rocks, PA, a small town close to Pittsburgh, PA. Starting at age 16, I caddied at the St. Clair Country Club in Upper St. Clair, PA. I was fortunate to be able to attend Carnegie-Mellon University – where I received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1971 – on a full-tuition Western Pennsylvania Caddy Scholarship. I then attended the University of Minnesota where I received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in the summer of 1976.
After I graduated from the University of Minnesota, I moved to Oak Ridge, TN to work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – a U.S. Department of Energy R&D laboratory. I had a wonderful 35-year career at ORNL; I retired from ORNL in April 2011.
In the fall of 1986, I started to play golf again. I originally learned about the value of custom golf club fitting from Richard Hess, who had a club fitting business in Oak Ridge. In the summer of 2006, I realized I would like to develop a second career as a professional club fitter. Since 2006 I have devoted a lot of my time to learning about club fitting and club building. In 2007 I joined the Association of Golf Clubfitting Professionals (AGCP). The AGCP is dedicated to helping its members improve their clubfitting skills. I am a Level 10 Certified Professional Clubfitter through the AGCP.
When I retired from ORNL in 2011, I became a full-time professional clubfitter. I do my custom fittings at the Centennial Golf Academy at the Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge. I do all of my club building in a shop I have created in the basement of my home.
I have never regretted making professional club fitting a second career. I love helping golfers learn the value of custom fitting, and creating golf clubs for them that help them play their best golf.
I have been married to my wife Diane for more than 19 years. We have two sons, two daughters, two grandsons, and one granddaughter. We live in Oak Ridge, TN.
In my free time I love playing golf and reading. I have a particular interest in learning more about how to help others learn effectively, and learning how to use the internet to improve business marketing. I am a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oak Ridge, TN; I have been a cantor and member of a church singing group at St. Mary's for many years.
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