With over 150 years combined teaching experience between our PGA trained instructors, Del Mar Golf Center ensures that your golf lesson will be educational and enjoyable. Our goal is to help you improve your skills while you achieve maximum enjoyment from the game of golf and your visit to the Del Mar Golf Center.
We have great instructors! But don't take our word for it...
"...He is an excellent teacher because he is patient, consistent and highly skilled as a golf instructor...."
"...He was able to spot the areas of her game that needed the most improvement and fix the issues in several different ways that made sense to her..."
"...I now feel confident that I have a teacher that I can depend on..."
"...He has a wonderful understanding of the modern golf swing, a great ability to communicate and teach it..."
Bob believes that golf lessons must be individually tailored to each student. It is very important to have a good understanding of the basic fundamentals of the golf swing. Bob makes sure you understand the proper grip, stance, posture, alignment and ball position. Bob also emphasizes the importance of the short game. As you get started with the lessons, you will develop and focus on your short and long term goals. Bob has been teaching golf to men, women, boys and girls of all ages and abilities for more than 39 years.
Matt uses digital video analysis to help his students achieve success. He is an enthusiastic instructor passionate about teaching and enhancing the game of his students. Matt works with golfers of all abilities, from beginning to advanced. He loves difficult challenges and always enjoys seeing his students achieve positive results. Matt has a great knowledge of the golf swing and believes understanding the golf swing is half the battle and learning to move properly is the other half. He stays current by attending yearly PGA teaching and coaching summits as well as various teaching seminars.
Matt's Schedule: Mon 8am to 3pm; Thurs - Sun 8am to 5pm
So often we get bogged down with too much thinking while trying to make a golf swing, usually this means too much thinking about things that we don't need to concern ourselves with. Tim tries to help his students focus on just the causes of why their swings break down and filter out everything else. Once they know the causes, it is much easier to develop a better image and a better golf swing.
Tim's Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 8am to 5pm
Teaching the game of golf is fun for Kevin, who's always enjoyed working with people. He likes to apply solid, basic fundamentals to fit each person's body type and individual ability. Through the use of video and drills, a player can accomplish their goals without hitting balls for hours on end. Lessons should be fun, not work, and each should be a valuable game-improvement experience!
Kevin's Schedule: Tues, Wed & Fri 8am to 5pm; Thurs & Sun 8am to 3pm
Matt Clay - PGA General Manager
Matt's passion is to introduce the game of golf to young athletes in a fun and exciting manner. He loves the smile a young athlete has when they hit a great shot or make a tough putt. Each player is different, each swing is different, and every player’s goals are different. Matt will create a personalized program that will address your player’s physical movements, technique, equipment, practice regiment and how they handle themselves on the golf course. Matt's goal is to help young athletes understand the cause and effect of the golf swing. As their knowledge increases we can evaluate their swing as a team.
Each student is an individual with a different body type and a different level of flexibility. They have different goals and different learning styles. This is what makes teaching so exciting. Being able to help someone improve their game is very rewarding to Chris. He wants to get the best out of his student without changing what they can do naturally. Chris will take what they have and improve on it. A key component to his philosophy is video swing analysis. It helps the student see instantly what you are trying to tell them. Chris also has a strong passion for equipment and club fitting.
After 50 years as a PGA Golf Professional, instructor, and player, I’ve learned a LOT about how to take your game to the next level.
I teach a full range of golf skills, from the basics (such as grip, stance, alignment, ball position, and posture) to the subtle nuances of golf, including the incredible power of your breath and core muscles to direct the ball.
My clients advance quickly because we start with swing mechanics: analyzing the way your body moves and identifying the subtle adjustments that will help you send the ball exactly where you want it to go.
I’ll help you understand your swing as three related parts:
1) Lower body – using footwork to engage and empower your hips 2) Upper body – using your shoulder rotation to transfer force through your hands 3) Grip – applying targeted pressure to increase the acceleration of the clubhead into the ball
Your ability to coordinate these three aspects is the essence of your golf game.
My signature process, Core-Breathing 4 Golf (www.PGAinstructor.com) also utilizes the “JC Video” motion analysis system to help you assess and restructure your swing to make your golf game more fun, effortless, and successful.
I can teach you to deliver the most force – and accuracy! – with the least amount of effort. Want to know more? Let’s talk!
Bill's Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:00 - 5:00
Maiya Tanaka began playing golf in San Diego over 20 years ago. As a San Diego junior golfer, she quickly learned the game and began competing in tournaments and travel teams soon after starting at the First Tee. After one year of playing golf, Maiya qualified as the youngest West Coast player for the U.S. Girls Junior Championships in Maryland. Maiya was number 1 on the Boys golf team at Mira Mesa High School, and qualified for CIF her freshman year. She went on to start the girls' team with her sister by recruiting and teaching friends how to play golf and led them to the CIF Championships as well. Maiya was accepted to UCLA on Academic merit and walked-on to the National Championship winning team. She played 2006-2009 and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Human Complex Systems minor. She later completed her MBA online while traveling on tour.
After College, Maiya was selected to compete on the Golf Channel’s Big Break Sandals. She continued her professional golf career on the Symetra Tour, and qualified into the LPGA Canadian Open in 2012, with a score of 68.
Maiya moved back to San Diego to be closer to her family and will be enrolling in the PGA Apprentice program. She has excelled in the other areas of golf business from marketing to modeling and is now focused on bringing enjoyment back to the game and helping others have fun with golf. Maiya’s development from junior golf to collegiate and professional golf has really made her passionate about helping people improve their game and achieve their golf goals.