Life and Career

PG Live - Martin Hall Episode 016

Martin Hall is one of the most well-known golf coaches in the world thanks to his 11 year run as host of School of Golf on Golf Channel and his consistent inclusion on virtually every list of top teachers. His 40 years of growth in the industry is a testament to his ability to create opportunities for himself all along the way. He discusses how he built his career and talks about the state of teaching today in this candid conversation filmed in August 2021.

Dr. Rick Jenson - Taking Your Teaching Business to a Higher Level

Dr. Rick Jensen closes the 2009 AMF Instructor Summit by explaining how there is a difference between teaching the game and making a great living teaching the game and offers his thoughts on how teachers can rethink their business to earn more.

Jim McLean - Mentoring

Jim McLean, the 1994 PGA teacher of the year, has mentored more than 300 teachers and assistants who have become directors of golf or directors of instruction at top facilities around America. In this video he shares his secrets to mentoring young professionals.

Jim McLean - Mentoring - 2

Jim McLean, the 1994 PGA teacher of the year, has mentored more than 300 teachers and assistants who have become directors of golf or directors of instruction at top facilities around America. In this video he shares his secrets to mentoring young professionals.

Debbie Doniger - Women in Golf - My Journey

From her childhood lessons with LPGA Founder Shirley Spork to her years of mentoring under Jim McLean - both as a player and a teacher - to diving head-first into the media world, Debbie shares her journey in golf.

Mentoring Young Professionals Panel Discussion - 1

Sam Wiley, Jim McLean, David Leadbetter, Jason Sutton and Mike Diffley spend an hour sharing their best practices for mentoring and developing young coaches. Collectively this group has helped thousands of young professionals climb up the career ladder.

Mentoring Young Professionals Panel Discussion - 2

Sam Wiley, Jim McLean, David Leadbetter, Jason Sutton and Mike Diffley spend an hour sharing their best practices for mentoring and developing young coaches. Collectively this group has helped thousands of young professionals climb up the career ladder.

Lorin Anderson - 2016 Associate Members Meeting: Building Your Teaching Career (Part I)

Lorin Anderson, President of Proponent Group and Executive VP of Golf Channel Academy, looks at the current industry landscape and discusses how Proponent's younger members can best position themselves for their next rung on the career ladder and grow their teaching businesses. He is joined by Dr. Paul Schempp from the University of Georgia and David Gould, Proponent's Staff Editor in the discussion.

Lorin Anderson - 2016 Associate Members Meeting: Building Your Teaching Career (Part II)

Mike Bender - Building a Teaching Business

Mike Bender, one of the world's most successful golf coaches who owns the Mike Bender Golf Academy near Orlando talks about how he went from the corner of the tennis shop at a public course driving range to a multi-million dollar academy operation over a 20 year span.

Dom DiJulia - Why You Need an Advisory Board

Dom DiJulia, Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and owner of the Dom DiJulia School of Golf in New Hope, PA, explains how he has used an advisory board of business leaders to help successfully guide his business decisions and how you can, too.

Elizabeth Granahan and Michele Gajderowicz - Valuing a Great Teaching Program

Elizabeth Granahan and Michele Gajderowicz are leaders in creating new opportunities for golf instructors. Their company G2 Golf Group is at the forefront of creating win-win situations for instructors and golf facilities. In this presentation they talk about how they brought their programs and a unique teaching building to a private club and have earned rave reviews from the membership.

Dr. Rick Jensen - It's Not Impossible: Managing Work/Life Balance of a Golf Professional (Part 1)

Dr. Rick Jensen - It's Not Impossible: Managing Work/Life Balance of a Golf Professional (Part 2)

David Leadbetter, Part I

The teacher most responsible for elevating the industry over the past generation, David Leadbetter, speaks for the first time to our members about The Lessons Every Great Teacher Must Learn. In this two hour presentation, David talks about nearly two dozen keys to his career that he recommends to all teachers who are striving to improve as instructors. (This video is the first half of the presentation from the 2011 GBN Summit.)

David Leadbetter - Part II

Liam Mucklow - Against the Grain: A Non-traditional Approach to Building a Teaching Business, Part I

Liam Mucklow, the 2014 PGA of Canada's National Teacher of the Year, talks about his experiences trying to build a premium teaching brand in Toronto including selling his business to an investor and then buying it back after the investor ran it into the ground. Lots of good business advice in this presentation for any member who wants to grow their brand.

Liam Mucklow - Against the Grain: A Non-traditional Approach to Building a Teaching Business, Part II

Liam Mucklow, the 2014 PGA of Canada's National Teacher of the Year, talks about his experiences trying to build a premium teaching brand in Toronto including selling his business to an investor and then buying it back after the investor ran it into the ground. Lots of good business advice in this presentation for any member who wants to grow their brand.

Panel Discussion: Compensation Consternation: Why it's So Hard to Get Instructors and Facilities to Agree on Pay, Part I

Our esteemed panel includes ClubCorp's VP for Club Corp Academy and Programming Cathy Harbin and Proponent members Don Parsons, who owns his facility in Santa Barbara, CA, Kenny Nairn who manages many facilities for Integrity Golf based in Orlando and Brandon Stooksbury of Idle Hour G.C. in Macon, GA. All have been involved as both teachers and owners/managers and this lively and informative discussion covers a lot of ground in helping understand all of the nuances in putting together a pay package that answers the question: What is fair?

Panel Discussion: Compensation Consternation: Why it's So Hard to Get Instructors and Facilities to Agree on Pay, Part II

Our esteemed panel includes ClubCorp's VP for Club Corp Academy and Programming Cathy Harbin and Proponent members Don Parsons, who owns his facility in Santa Barbara, CA, Kenny Nairn who manages many facilities for Integrity Golf based in Orlando and Brandon Stooksbury of Idle Hour G.C. in Macon, GA. All have been involved as both teachers and owners/managers and this lively and informative discussion covers a lot of ground in helping understand all of the nuances in putting together a pay package that answers the question: What is fair?

Panel Discussion: Compensation Consternation: Why it's So Hard to Get Instructors and Facilities to Agree on Pay, Part III

Our esteemed panel includes ClubCorp's VP for Club Corp Academy and Programming Cathy Harbin and Proponent members Don Parsons, who owns his facility in Santa Barbara, CA, Kenny Nairn who manages many facilities for Integrity Golf based in Orlando and Brandon Stooksbury of Idle Hour G.C. in Macon, GA. All have been involved as both teachers and owners/managers and this lively and informative discussion covers a lot of ground in helping understand all of the nuances in putting together a pay package that answers the question: What is fair?

Panel Discussion - How to Get a Staff Contract (Part I)

Proponent Group President Lorin Anderson moderates a panel discussion about how golf instructors can earn a staff contract for equipment and/or apparel. The panel includes Rod Cook, Trent Wearner and special guest, Dave Stockton who has been one of the most effective corporate networkers ever on the PGA Tour.

Panel Discussion - How to Get a Staff Contract (Part II)

Panel Discussion - How to Get a Staff Contract (Part III)

Lorin Anderson - New Rules for Golf Instructors

Lorin Anderson updates the membership on what's new at Proponent Group and offers his New Rules for Golf Instructors which takes a look at the new trends affecting our members' businesses and careers.

John Bierkan - The Components to Starting a Successful Teaching Career, Part I

John Bierkan is Director of Instruction at both Aronimink G.C. (PA) and Quail Valley G.C. (FL) and has quickly built himself a very successful career in instruction. He shares the keys that helped him succeed and should also help you climb the rungs of your own career ladder.

John Bierkan - The Components to Starting a Successful Teaching Career, Part II

John Bierkan is Director of Instruction at both Aronimink G.C. (PA) and Quail Valley G.C. (FL) and has quickly built himself a very successful career in instruction. He shares the keys that helped him succeed and should also help you climb the rungs of your own career ladder.

Martin Hall - Avoid the Red Lights for A Successful Teaching Career

2008 PGA of America National Teacher of the Year, Martin Hall discusses the keys to his success as one of the world's top instructors and what other teachers can learn from situations that he experienced.

Building a Top Shelf Teaching Career, Associate Members Panel Discussion: Summit 2016

Sandy LaBauve, Mike Malaska and Bernie Najar join moderator Lorin Anderson to discuss how they built their very successful teaching careers and they answer our Associate Members' questions at Proponent Group Summit 2016.

Corey Lundberg and Matt Wilson - Finding Your Niche and Growing Your Business, Part I

Corey Lundberg, Director of Instruction at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, TX, and Matt Wilson, Director of Instruction at La Rinconada C.C. in Los Gatos, CA, are the pair who make up the very popular Curious Coaches blog. These Proponent Group members are two of the best young teachers in the game today and they share some of the secrets they have used to develop their skills and grow their career opportunities. This is a great presentation for any Proponent Associate Member to learn from.

Corey Lundberg and Matt Wilson - Finding Your Niche and Growing Your Business, Part II

Corey Lundberg, Director of Instruction at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, TX, and Matt Wilson, Director of Instruction at La Rinconada C.C. in Los Gatos, CA, are the pair who make up the very popular Curious Coaches blog. These Proponent Group members are two of the best young teachers in the game today and they share some of the secrets they have used to develop their skills and grow their career opportunities. This is a great presentation for any Proponent Associate Member to learn from.

Kevin Sprecher - Developing Your Teaching Business

Kevin Sprecher of Sleepy Hollow CC in New York and the Jim McLean Golf Schools discusses how he became one of the top teachers in the business under 40 years old.

Associate Members Career Growth Meeting PGA Show 2017 (Lorin Anderson Presentation)

Lorin Anderson, Proponent Group President, offers up his Business of Golf Instruction presentation that lays out a variety of issues and opportunities younger Proponent members need to be aware of as they build their careers. Recorded at the 2017 PGA Show.

Lorin Anderson - 10 Trends that Will Affect Your Career in the Next 10 Years

Proponent Group Founder Lorin Anderson takes the opportunity of the company's 10th Anniversary Summit in 2017 to look ahead at the company's upcoming second decade. He makes his predictions on the 10 Trends that Will Affect Your Career in the Next 10 Years. While there is no guarantee that all of these will affect you personally, certainly many of them will affect your business and your teaching. This is a Proponent Group "must-watch" presentation.