Meet the Pro:

John Dahl, PGA

Over 30,000 golf lessons and counting. John Dahl is recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Golf Instructors" in the country and has been awarded the Teacher of the Year and PGA Professional of the Year by the Minnesota Section of the PGA multiple times, most recently in 2011. Whether you are a seasoned professional or never picked up a golf club in your life, John can help you improve your game!

John was a four-year letter winner at North Dakota State leading the Bison to the North Central Conference championship in 1973. After college he turned professional. He won over twenty-five pro golf tournaments and participated in the 1984 PGA Championship at Shoal Creek.

Teaching Philosophy

"My teaching philosophy is a simple, straight-forward, fundamental approach. I believe that almost all swing problems are derived from a flaw in the starting position or setup. The success that I've had with students has always been based on a relentless pursuit of a solid setup position. I spend a tremendous amount of time on grip. I have been accused of being a grip fanatic, which I consider a compliment.

The next step is explaining that the aim of the club head, along with parallel body lines and correct posture are the building blocks for a sound golf swing. Then often the most difficult job is smoothly moving from setup into a completed back swing. To create this position, I use many different visual tools: models, a video camera, and video printer. Once the back swing has been established, the downswing and strike point have to be monitored. In the golfer's perfect world the downswing would be nothing more than a reflex action to square the club and ball. As easy as this seems, this seldom happens. Delivering the club to the ball consistently, even from a perfect back swing, is a feat that only a very few players have accomplished. The difference between a 10-yard faded ball and a 10-yard draw is so minute that drilling blade awareness into the student's swing is a must.

Lastly, the finish position is an indicator that he or she has maintained proper balance and gives a polished look."
-John Dahl, PGA

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