Coach Doug's 5th Annual Top 50 Things I Learned This Year!

January 6, 2020
January 6, 2020
  1. The US Junior is an amazing experience 
  2. Putting w Bigger Balls make a difference in 3 footers
  3. Your “reach” is far greater than you can ever imagine
  4. You cannot ever give up
  5. God plays a HUGE role in my life 
  6. I love helping younger PGA professionals 
  7. Hosting a US Kids Golf Seminar is a MUST
  8. Hosting a Scott Cowx Certified Seminar stretched my brain 
  9. Organizing a Sasho MacKenzie impromptu seminar was a great education 
  10. I have some AMAZING peers in this business who may not be “flashy” or “social” but are rock solid 
  11. Making “Christmas” golf jingles brings the best out of my fellow coaches 
  12. Social Media is Hard. 
  13. It is hard to convince a junior Golfer no matter how much you see it, that they have a different gear then everyone else. 
  14. Puberty derails coordination really fast. 
  15. TikTok is funny 
  16. Investing in yourself is important to being the best version of yourself. 
  17. A Life Coach is someone who can shine the light where you can’t find it. 
  18. Mentoring is fulfilling 
  19. A’s hire A’s and B’s hire C’s 
  20. Being a Chicken Hawk means you don’t back down from anyone. 
  21. 87 lbs of Dynamite is lethal 
  22. Watching a fellow coach’s player shoot 63 to win a World Title is unreal!
  23. Scotch and a Cigar sneaks up on you. 
  24. Being nice isn’t hard 
  25. Wine Gums are yummy 
  26. My name being called 1653 times in a week drives me nuts 
  27. Unless you are driving your own bus you cannot ever think you’re in control of your destination. 
  28. Some ideas are without a doubt the most insane and unbelievable. 
  29. Disney World is such a wonderful place. 
  30. Playing GOOD golf is rewarding and confidence building. 
  31. I have to do yoga at least twice a week to keep my body in working order 
  32. I love my two children more than they will ever know. 
  33. Golf is hard 
  34. Patience is so important to be great at anything. 
  35. The wonder of a 4 yr old and being able to watch her laugh as she learns is a lesson in creativity 
  36. A golf instruction book is a good reference BUT is NOT a substitute for standing on the lesson tee. 
  37. Trackman & Foresight are amazing tools to help you and your players get better. 
  38. You can shuck the responsibility for your actions but you cannot escape the consequences. 
  39. A true Friend is someone that walks w you when u need them 
  40. A child’s laughter is nature’s Red Bull super sized can 
  41. Titleist is a wonderful company to be affiliated with. 
  42. I ❤️ Instagram 
  43. Sometimes you need to change direction to find your path 
  44. No matter how hard and how bad my day was, my dog Georgie can immediately make it all go away. 
  45. I could not be me without my amazing wife. 
  46. Understanding your routines and habits will make you a better golfer 
  47. Putting prowess is the key to lower scores 
  48. A Coach is more than swing and strategy 
  49. Stick to what you want your social media to be and get really good at it 
  50. You cannot stop learning. 

Coach Doug’s 4th Annual Top 50 Things I Learned This Year!

December 20, 2018
December 20, 2018

WOW! Another year almost done and this now is my 4th annual list of ALL the amazing things I continue to learn year after year! Some are hold overs as they continue to educate me and I just know they are list makers every year! There are of course some new surprises and I hope this makes you sit down and see WHAT DID YOU LEARN THIS YEAR!

I wish you all a wonderful 2019 and hope that you can find inspiration, laughter, lessons and joy in this list, as I do each and every year I write it!

  1. A 12 hour drive with two 12 yr old junior girls is an adventure in giggles and patience
  2. You need a plan, or you’re toast.
  3. Putts down grain are WAY faster than you think they are!
  4. Faith is a very good thing to have in your life.
  5. Never Ever Give Up. You Need To Keep Moving Forward!
  6. You need close friends that you can rely on.
  7. Hearing your name called 2,543 times in 5 days is both annoying and rewarding at the same time!
  8. It’s ALWAYS about them, not you!
  9. After 24 years of marriage my wife Susan is still my Best Friend
  10. No matter what others shoot, stick to your game plan and remember it’s YOUR GAME YOUR WAY!
  11. If you coach Juniors you need to have good relationships with their parents.
  12. In order to connect to a junior you need to remove your Golf Pro hat and put their’s on.
  13. You can practice, prepare and be ready for your round BUT you cannot control the weather, course conditions or what other players shoot.
  14. Open Championship winner Ben Curtis gets it and is giving back to the game that got him to the pinnacle.
  15. Kent State University is a REALLY cool place to visit.
  16. Admitting you were wrong or made a mistake is always the right choice.
  17. Being on a Podcast is both an honour and REALLY cool!
  18. I have a LOT of things that I think about….seriously I do!
  19. 1 inch can have a profound effect on winning or losing.
  20. U.S. Kids Golf could be THE MOST important golf company in the world if we want this game to continue to grow and thrive.
  21. Coaches need to SHARE their stuff more often and be less insecure.
  22. Cupcakes are an acceptable choice to have when celebrating.
  23. Being a Jr Golf Coach is Life Changing – Go Try it for yourself!
  24. NEVER underestimate the strength of an 11 yr old girl in an arm wrestle.
  25. Playing a round of golf without having to rush, hurry or worry about being somewhere doesn’t happen often enough.
  26. Surrounding yourself with a great team is a necessary part of being successful.
  27. Rain Delays can ruin momentum.
  28. There are 2 ladies in Arizona who I would consider Golf Whisperers.
  29. Setting a clear intention for your shot gets you closer to your goal.
  30. Hot Yoga is like Oil for the Tin Man.
  31. Hot Wheels cars and track are an essential coaching training aid!
  32. My 2 kids are just AMAZING and make me laugh all the time.
  33. It’s all about the # Hashtags
  34. The road to Post-Secondary Golf can take many different roads
  35. Having experts you can consult with and bring players to is a privilege.
  36. Whatever it is, IT has to SERVE you or you shouldn’t be doing it.
  37. You definitely WAIT for the backup to finish before wiping your iPhone.
  38. Top Golf is really cool and has the opportunity to make a HUGE impact on Golf.
  39. Your influence as a professional can have far reaching effects that you never see.
  40. 80 lbs of Dynamite never ceases to surprise me.
  41. Younger brothers of older brothers watch and learn to avoid all the mistakes their older ones make.
  42. Take the time to call someone and just LISTEN.
  43. I need to write things down ….SQUIRREL!
  44. Don’t be afraid to be truthful & honest.
  45. I have some AMAZING friends in all parts of the WORLD because of coaching golf.
  46. Turning 50 this year didn’t phase me as I thought it might.
  47. Worry LESS about the things you CANNOT control.
  48. Mentorship is fulfilling.
  49. Coaching kids leaves their laughter on your soul.

Thank you so much for allowing me to share some of the amazing things I’ve been able to experience and learn in 2018. I am super pumped for 2019 and I encourage all of you to set your sights as high as you can.


Coach Doug.

Could You Do It ????

April 9, 2018
April 9, 2018

So I am going to start this post with a question; “What is the reason you play GOLF?” 

I am sure this question has a multitude of answers. Some of you would say for “FUN”. Some of you would say for the “COMPETITION”. Some of you would say for the “EXERCISE”. All of these are fantastic and very valid reasons to play golf.

Now if I changed the question to say; “What is your GOAL when playing GOLF?”

This changes things now doesn’t it? Some of you might say “to not lose any golf balls”. Some of you might say “to not have any 3 putts”. There are many goals when it comes to golf and being successful at it. Invariably the main GOAL of playing a round of golf is shooting PAR for the course (or better). There are golfers who play golf their ENTIRE life and fail to achieve this goal. But what if I could plant a seed in your Golf Brain that would completely change how you should approach playing golf to shoot par? 

Play golf from a distance that gives you the BEST chance of shooting par and that gives you the greatest chance to hit clubs into greens like those on the LPGA and PGA Tours.

Just pause and think about it for a second….

Junior tours have Juniors play from yardages that give them the greatest chance to make a par or birdie. As they get older and better at the game they move back to play tees that again are suitable for how far they hit the ball. (It doesn’t make sense for a 7 yr old to play from the yellow tees, take 5 – 6 shots to get it on the green and then a possible 2 – 3 more strokes, shooting 7-9 each hole does it? They’d be exhausted!!!)  Do you find it takes you too many shots and cannot hit greens in regulation because you are playing from tees that don’t allow you to? Are you EXHAUSTED after playing golf? 


US Kids Golf Foundation have recently implemented a unique and inventive way for players to have the most enjoyable, fast and potentially lowest scoring round for their players & members at Long Leaf Golf & Family Club, in Pinehurst NC. On their range when warming up players are asked to find out how far their drives fly according to this coloured chart. From there the club recommends what colour tees they should play based on how far they carry the ball in the air with their driver. (Where would you fall in according to THIS chart?) The results have been nothing short of amazing. Members have reported lowering their handicaps by nearly 4 strokes on average, playing times have been reduced by almost 15 minutes per foursome, and the overall enjoyment and feedback has been nothing but positive. But could you move up to 5000 yards from 6000 yards? Would you move from 5000 to 4000? Would our egos allow it? 

I would love to conduct an experiment, similar to our Junior Golf Programming by Operation 36, where you start 25 yards (Yes 25 yards) from the green and play 9 holes of golf. What do you think you would shoot? Par? Under Par? In Operation 36 juniors must reach this level of accomplishment before moving back to 50 yards and trying again. If Screen Shot 2018-04-09 at 9.47.02 AM.pngthey can continue to succeed in their ability to shoot par for 9 holes (that would be a great thing wouldn’t it) they continue to move back until they reach the appropriate tees for their ability. This allows for confidence to build, enjoyment to grow and skill to be enhanced through a program that is measurable and trackable for each golfer. Don’t those words sound like words you would like to have to describe your golf game? Could you do it? Could you start the year from a yardage that would give you the best chance at shooting par and if accomplished then and only then move back to the next set of tees? 

Everyone wants to play faster. Everyone wants to shoot lower scores. Golf is HARD. Golf is supposed to be enjoyable, not frustrating. Make Golf FUN Again… least for yourself and see what happens. I mean, what’s the worst you could do? Shoot Par? 


Coach Doug. 


TOP 50 Things I Learned This Year

January 1, 2018
January 1, 2018



Every year I start to think about what were the DEFINING moments and GAME CHANGERS that helped form and create the previous year of learning, experiencing and understanding.

Here are my TOP 50 Things I Learned This Year. There are still some on the list from my original 2015 List, but there are plenty of NEW items. I hope you can find your own personal favourites and that 2018 is a wonderful year for you, your business and your family.

Sincerely – Coach Doug

  1. Sharing your best thoughts and ideas with other professionals is important and uplifting
  2. My wife is still the KEY to my success and I am thankful for her every day!
  3. Social Media continues to educate me every day
  4. My Golf Club – Credit Valley Golf & Country Club “gets it” when it comes to Jr. Golf
  5. Golf is a wonderful medium to enrich friendships
  6. US Kids Golf has completely changed Junior Golf & continues to set the bar
  7. Listening to your students is a MUST
  8. Caffeine is a good thing
  9. My teenage son can pick up a Golf Club  twice a year and hit amazing shots
  10. You need to REALLY be there when your friends NEED you.
  11. Parents need Coaching as much as their Juniors do.
  12. Being GREAT from 80 yards and in will result in birdies and lower scores
  13. Apple Air Pods are an incredible piece of technology
  14. “Par 18” is the best indicator of how good your short game is.
  15. If you want to have a giggle, ask a group of 3-5 yr olds to describe a golf ball
  16. While I see the benefit of the “Team” practice, Golf is an INDIVIDUAL sport played by a single player
  17. You learn a lot about people when in a car with them for 12 hours.
  18. Having good Character is a key ingredient to being a GREAT coach.
  19. Fitted golf clubs have a huge, positive effect on your game
  20. I am going to miss teaching my PGM Course at Niagara College after 16 years
  21. A Frisbee is a great warm up activity
  22. There are a lot of “Golf Pros Who Cook” and can do it extremely well
  23. A Dollar Store flying coloured disc can double as a putting aid.
  24. The Putting stroke can look many different ways and yet be VERY efficient
  25. That 75 lbs of Dynamite can swing her driver faster than her weight.
  26. You are only limited to your imagination
  27. Being SILLY & GOOFY are ingredients of a Junior Golf Coach
  28. Driveway Markers have 101 (ok maybe closer to 20) uses
  29. Parents & Coaches who work together as a unit have a greater chance for success
  30. Roadmaps help your students succeed faster
  31. Mentoring others is GOOD for the soul
  32. The more my daughter ages the more she looks like my mom who she would have LOVED.
  33. Helicopters make really good swing thoughts
  34. That a mid 40’s, Flat Brim wearing, surfer talkin, internet sensation has FOREVER changed golf instruction #GUCCI
  35. Planning your day gives you WIGGLE room
  36. People leave their job all the time to chase their dream and for their OWN reasons
  37. My Church is a place where SMILES happen
  38. I DO NOT like losing to anyone in anything, especially an 11 yr old GIRL (#girlpower)
  39. We are in the RELATIONSHIP business and they can take on many different shapes
  40. That a CHILD’s LAUGHTER is the equivalent to a “SUPER-SIZED” can of Red Bull!
  41. I do my best thinking when listening to Progressive House music
  42. I would be LOST without my iPhone 7+
  43. Helping a Student land a Golf Scholarship gives you goose bumps
  44. Aimpoint is essential if you want to be a good putter
  45. Social media is not a place to argue a point, belittle others or make fun of someone
  46. Writing out goals is a great way to motivate yourself
  47. You can ALWAYS be better
  48. My dog Georgie can make my worst day vanish the minute I walk in the door
  49. There is a DEEPLY rooted sense of HELPING others attached to EVERY fibre of my being.

A Few Good Men…(Ok More Than Just a Few)

November 9, 2017
November 9, 2017
  • Kyle German

  • Conor O’Shea

  • Matt Diedrichs

  • Joe Garvey

  • Adam Cherry

5 Names. A Few Good Men. All of them former PGA of Canada Professionals, whose original plan was to create a legacy and career in the Golf profession. A couple great players. A social media up and comer. A solid golf coach. Now one of our Zone’s most solid professionals. All GONE!

I have been a PGA of Canada professional for 25 years. I haven’t seen this kind of exodus out of this profession like I have over the past 3 years. Now the Head Professional at my club Credit Valley Golf & Country Club has decided to leave as well. I get it. No really I do. Being a PGA Professional (meaning working IN the golf business and not playing the game as your job) these days is not easy. Pressures of Owners, Boards, Customers and Clubs to maintain budgets, make a profit and do the proverbial “More with Less” is now the norm. I’ve been there. I’ve felt this pressure. It’s unsettling. It’s sleep depriving. Add in some family pressure and the heartstring tugging and “POOF” more and more are GONE!

The Blog: Golf News Now just posted an interesting story on if you are considering a career change? It shines some light on things that are very telling about this business while asking you a very interesting question: “Can you see yourself staying in the position you are currently in for the remainder of your career?” I know that personally I  have found the Key to the Kingdom in coaching Golf. I know that I can see myself doing this for the rest of my life. It’s my joy, passion and every day I get out of bed I am EXCITED to get on the lesson tee. Good days or bad, I know that I have been able to create my success and been fortunate to have a Club that believes in all that I do. But just look at the response of the readers who voted on the Blog’s question: 

Every single professional that has left this business has had their reasons: Quality of Life, Work / Life Balance, Family, Money, Career Opportunity. Whatever the reason and whenever the decision is made I know that the battle is often equivalent to standing in an MMA Octagon and going 3 rounds with Connor MacGregor or the Ring with Floyd Mayweather. It is not easy. EVER! I think to make a change and walk away from something that, at times, was all you knew and wanted to do takes balls. We are a society that try to “read between the lines”  and forge our own ideas and reasons. We somehow cannot accept the simple fact that when you reach the end of the path and need to find a new one.

I admire all of those individuals who have faced this incredibly difficult decision. I faced it early in my career, but chose to stay and I am forever grateful. I am disappointed somewhat as well that really good people have left this business. One’s I think could have been game changers, new blood and ones that could have helped make a difference in this game of golf. I know my Head Professional is a wonderful man, great father, good player and LOVED being a Golf Professional. He’s chosen a new path that will give him the opportunity to do things he hasn’t done in a very long time. He’s excited about it. In fact as I watch him speak to members and tell them about it there is a little sparkle, a fire in his body language and tone. I think this is how I look when I’m speaking to my students because I found it. Now it’s his turn. For that I am so very happy for him and those who have found similar peace. I get it!


Sometimes CHANGE is a GOOD thing.

Coach Doug

What My College Basketball Coach Taught Me About Coaching Golf

November 3, 2017
November 3, 2017

Let me set the scene:

I remember the scene like it happened only yesterday. 4 seconds left on the clock. I make a fake up-court and break back to the ball being inbounded on our baseline. I know they’re coming, I can almost feel the foul coming before the hands touch my jersey. The whistle blows immediately as the pass enters my hands! “Foul! #31 You’ve got 2 shots!” said the ref. The crowd is going crazy. We have a 2 point lead, 4 seconds remain on the clock and I am heading to the foul line with a chance to ice the game! You would think at this point in the game that our foes (The Sheridan Bruins) coach would call a timeout to try to ICE me. As I was walking to the found line at the other end of the gym, listening to a Bruin player natter in my ear that I was going to miss and that I was a loser, to my surprise the ref blew his whistle and said, “Timeout Humber!” WHAT????? My own coach called the timeout? That NEVER happens! So as I sat down in the huddle and thoughts of confusion are running all across my brain wondering why my own coach was trying to ICE me, he says this; “Look, he’s going to make these two free throws, we know that. But whatever you do DO NOT TOUCH anyone after he MAKES them!” He then put his hand in the centre of the circle to which we ALL joined him and cheered “HAWKS”. I walked out to the foul line not feeling the pressure of NEEDING to make them, but feeling the confidence my coach had in me sat this point in the game. So in front of a very loud and bias crowd, I calmly sank both and just stood there as the Bruins ran down the court and attempted a last ditch effort for a miracle to no avail. We triumphed! Even though in that game I finished w 28 points, 6 three pointers and went 3/4 from the foul line, it wasn’t until years later I figured out what i learned that night!

It was the timeout that taught me the lesson. In fact I didn’t even realize for a very long time after that game how, my coach, Mike Katz’s decision to call that timeout was not an impulsive guess, but in fact a calculated effort to produce the very BEST result from his players. Mike is one of the most decorated and successful College and University basketball coaches in the Country. Having spent time w the national team and travelled the world coaching the sport, he has been successful on every level he has coached at. Now in retirement he is consulted by Universities and Colleges to offer his ideas and thoughts on how they can be great!

I believe being a successful Coach in ANY sport you need to be deeply rooted in your choice to make someone better. You need certain ingredients:

  • Desire
  • Compassion
  • Motivation
  • Influence
  • Rapport
  • Character
  • Realistic
  • Honesty
  • Risk
  • Teacher
  • Mentor

These qualities are all inside the headspace of Mike. Add in a very dry but great sense of humour and it all adds up to a coach who consistently produced teams and players who worked their butts off because we WANTED to.

These days I am fortunate to play golf with Mike, and while he is a borderline Svengali on the basketball court, he loves walking the fairways and chasing par at any chance. I think he has researched the golf swing almost as a much as he has how to break a 1-3-1 Full Court Press!  It’s in these times listening to him and chatting with him that I finally “get” the lessons he was teaching back in College. In fact I know that his coaching has had a HUGE influence on me and my ability to be to Junior Golf what he was to College Basketball. For that I am eternally grateful.

Golf is an individual sport. It is hard. It toys with your emotions. If you think long and hard about experiences you have had with coaches / teachers throughout your life I can assure you there are lessons inside those moments where you too thought “??????” what is this person saying / doing? We didn’t see it then. At least I didn’t. But if you can stay true to your convictions, provide a positive environment and not deviate, you will achieve your goal. It might not be titles, awards or trophies, but that’s not why we do it.

The lesson I learned almost 30 Years ago wasn’t about making a Free Throw to win the game as I thought it was. It was a coach pausing for a second to let his actions speak without saying anything except “when he makes these two shots”. Positive, confident, precise and a lesson learned.

Now it’s your turn, so don’t be scared to call your own “timeout” at a critical juncture.

Coach Doug.

When can you call yourself a Coach

October 24, 2017
October 24, 2017

 So Facebook asks: What’s on my mind…

I am sure this will completely start a firestorm but here it goes:

You consider yourself to be a Golf COACH, saying I COACH golf. In fact there have been many who even hold COACH camps, seminars, events, and a myriad of other “certifications” for Golf Teaching Professionals to acquire learning and become knowledgeable in that particular focus of Golf Instruction. I applaud the many who are considered experts in the art of Golf Instruction who are spreading their findings of the best way to help people swing it better based on their countless hours of work and research. 

Let’s agree right now that this is about Golf Instruction and the Swing. Period. End of story. This is not Golf COACHING. It is a PART of the WHOLE that makes up a Golf COACH.

We (PGA of Canada) in fact have CNC (Coaching New Competitor) and CDC (Coaching Developing Competitor) which are directly linked to our national body for sport coaching in Canada. These programs are DIRECTLY focused on how to become a COACH and have been presented to PGA Associations across the globe because of this reason….it’s about COACHING, nothing else. 

If you have taken any kind of Coach training then this rant is not for you but come on people, the reality is you are calling yourself a Golf COACH because it’s “kitschy” and “sounds better” than Teacher or Instructor. There is NOTHING wrong with you wanting to help others and spread your knowledge and be paid handsomely for it. You deserve it.  But ask yourself if you are Instructing and Demonstrating your work to groups in a presentation format with power point and actual live action to show how you have arrived at your findings to make a better swing? Participating in these seminars, camps and schools as I have is merely gaining more knowledge on how the golf club moves. 

It’s like you’re the teacher of a grade 6 class, all of your fellow teachers are called teachers.  You don’t see them calling themselves Professors. Professors are called professors because they typically have a PHD! So an Instructor / Teacher shouldn’t be called a COACH unless they’ve got the same…

Are you explaining how you: 

  1. explaining how the shaft flattens
  2. how biomechanically your body moves 
  3. any speak of a launch monitor 
  4. sequential order 
  5. flat spots in the swing
  6. rotational force vs linear force
  7. pivots or turns
  8. external vs internal
  9. visualization
  10. speed accumulators
  11. left brain / right brain
  12. 1,2,3 degrees of break
  13. starting line
  14. the D-plane
  15. supination vs pronation


Are you explaining how you:

  1. set effective practice strategies
  2. run skill assessment testing & evaluation
  3. collect players stats and analyze them
  4. set goals for your players
  5. plan their schedules
  6. plan their in-game strategy & tactics
  7. consult with other experts for fine tuning
  8. observe them playing in tournaments  
  9. observe them in training on course  
  10. create annual plans to set up their year
  11. academics and life planning outside of playing
  12. work with the parents if necessary
  13. talk about nutrition on and off course
  14. fitness and mobility strategy for maximum results 
  15. what periodization means to a golfer 

COACHING involves far greater information and knowledge but we would NOT be able to be a COACH if we weren’t very good at the FIRST and most IMPORTANT thing:  we are a Golf Instructor / Teacher first and foremost. 


Handout or a Handup?

October 16, 2017
October 16, 2017

My very close friend, Jason Fairfield is one of the sharpest and hardest working guys I know. He has built a company from ZERO to one of the BEST online, digital communications & web companies in Canada. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have his wisdom at my fingertips. He has taught me many things while I have been building my coaching business, but it was something he taught me early on that completely changed how I looked at my direction and how I could become successful. 

We were chatting about the growth potential of gaining clients and as I had just begun working at a new facility, I was lamenting to him that I thought they (the new facility) would see me as a “viable” commodity and jump to promote my coaching and services. He then said to me, “Are you waiting for them to give you a HAND OUT? They just hired you and gave you a HAND UP, so why don’t you do the rest and show them they made the right decision and work your butt off!” 

I sat there for a few moments and thought about what he had just said, and I realized he was absolutely right (major ego check time here). I was thinking that they would or should be doing more for me as I am “Doug Lawrie, PGA of Canada”. What Jason had got me to realize by saying that to me was this; so many of us think that we need to be “GIVEN” something because of what we have achieved, awards won, degrees earned or positions held. The stark reality in our society is that there is far too much standing around with our proverbial “HAND OUT” waiting for something to be “GIVEN” to us and not enough recognition of the “HAND UP” or “opportunity” that stands before us. 

I remember reading in John Maxwell’s book “Failing Forward” (By far the BEST book I have ever read and you should too) that challenges are merely opportunities waiting to be discovered. Challenges are seen as insurmountable and difficult by most people. Jason merely lit the fuse in my brain that attached to my deep desire to help others. I thought “Wow! “Since I was given an opportunity to grow my business and a blank slate, I knew I could design the very BEST coaching programs and do it how I wanted to.”  I had sitting in front of me the opportunity to create my OWN success or failure. Yes it is true that sometimes you cannot see the forest for the trees.

These words Jason and I spoke about nearly 8 years ago motivated me so highly they led to me becoming one of the best Junior Golf Coaches in North America and the most recognized/awarded PGA of Canada Professional in the past 5 years. So I challenge YOU to think about what is facing you at this time in your life. Are you waiting for someone to GIVE you a HAND OUT to solve it, or are you taking that HAND UP you’ve been given and writing your own success?

Stop waiting and Start working! 

Coach Doug


The Reason “Sharing” is the key to Future of Golf

January 5, 2017
January 5, 2017


The proverbial saying “You can’t take it with you” pertains mostly to your wealth that you have at the end of your life and that you should spread it around. Recently I’ve found a couple of instances that have gotten me thinking that this EXACTLY what my fellow Golf Teaching Professionals, Coaches & Facilitators should be doing.

What I am talking about is this:

That you have spent more than one third of your lifetime (Remember, the second third is the time you spend sleeping!) working in this business for potentially multiple facilities / courses and you don’t care about leaving a legacy behind?  I can imagine how there may be plenty of pros who wouldn’t care about leaving a legacy behind, but isn’t that a rather sad thing? Yes it is!

Traditionally we’ve been like this guy in the picture, self centred, greedy and most of all not willing to share what we know, have or use to be successful unless we are getting paid to do it. (I am not saying there shouldn’t be compensation if a possibility) However we’ve wanted to out think, out teach and of course out preform (our student’s results) and shove it down our fellow professional’s throats while saying “Look at me!” That needs to CHANGE now!

This year I have personally experienced opportunities where I have been asked questions and consulted others on their Junior swings, programs, ideas and thoughts. I feel honoured and humbled by these requests. But one of the BIGGEST things I’ve done when approached, is I have NEVER said “no”. In fact I find myself asking them questions like “How can I help you more?”. This isn’t just in my world and in fact I have experienced one of the best examples of professional sharing (thank you social media), from this guy below. George Gankas has over 53,000 followers on Instagram and whenever I ask him a question, he doesn’t take days to get back to me, it’s immediate and he always does it encouraging and engaging. He is sharing all that he knows through Instagram and Youtube and you CAN pay for more if you want. But it’s the openness and ease of sharing that gives this guy his appeal. (Not to mention the flip flops, flat brim cap and surfer dude speak) It doesn’t hurt that he is really good too!

This proactive inclination towards sharing your knowledge is not only an essential and critical learning activity for each and every teaching professional out there, but it is also something that I have been thinking a lot about lately as it pertains towards the concept of leaving a legacy behind.   I am a little skeptic to believe that people would feel that sharing is a key point to the success of golf and instruction for the future nowadays, to be honest, I hope they are reading this blog post, because I think that if they aren’t willing to share with everyone they need to look for another job. A legacy is just as important as that one from everyone else by contributing to the general and collective living memory of golf.  Can there be anything more rewarding than that? … Specially, when that knowledge shared is reused by others, even when you are not there anymore? … Think about it….

What if you adopted this simple continuous circle this year? Take your knowledge that you’ve created & stored and send it out! Don’t be scared, be helpful and watch how amazing you feel! However you do it you will learn from this experiment and be able to reinvest into yourself the knowledge gained NOT taking all of it with you!

Sharing is caring and the key to Golf’s Future.


Coach Doug

Top 50 Things I Learned 2016

December 31, 2016
December 31, 2016

Here are the TOP 50   
Things I’ve Learned This Season. 




1. There are some AMAZING Junior Golf Coaches in this world!
2. Kids are incredible teachers
3. Bravery is watching a 6 yr old move into the bigger kids group
4. Speaking at a Grade 2 level works for kids and especially adults
5. Being SILLY is OK and actually therapeutic
6. 10 yr old girls can play like LPGA Tour players
7. The Story “The Day The Crayons Quit” guarantees laughter 100%
8. You can teach an old dog new tricks no matter how long they’ve been a professional
9. Share what you know with those who ask because keeping it a “secret” is ridiculous
10. Acupuncture is a godsend
11. I have the most AMAZING and UNDERSTANDING Wife.
12. Ask a 4 yr old to describe a golf ball then listen
13. No matter how much you pour into students you have to ALWAYS remember they might leave
14. ADHD is the secret to my success and I am so thankful for it
15. Ice Cubes on a hot day bring smiles
16. Make time for yourself & the ones CLOSEST to you
17. If you want ideas for games, walk through the board game section of Toys R Us
18. That you can change lives because of this game whether they are 5, 20 or 70
19. Colouring breaks during a lesson are sometimes a MUST
20. Ping Pong is an essential skill
21. Solar Sleeves are a gift from the golfing gods
22. Being positive is infectious
23. Just because you coach some big named players does not mean you have good character
24. That you ALWAYS have to remember who your audience is
25. US KIds Golf makes dreams come true
26. A Child’s Laughter is still Nature’s Red Bull
27. Instagram has grown my understanding of the golf swing
28. Payne Stewart was special and would have made the most amazing Ryder Cup Captain
29. Custom fit golf clubs are an ESSENTIAL piece of your complete puzzle to play better
30. Just hanging out and being a cheerleader is ok
31. Sometimes 3 holes is just enough
32. Changing the culture of instruction takes time
33. 7:30 am swing theory chats in Toronto are 7:30 pm in Shanghai
34. Josh Donaldson’s baseball swing is a great visual for golf
35. Playing as many sports as possible as a child is a MUST
36. 70 lbs of Dynamite can make a golf ball go 205 yards
37. Some of my best pro-friends I wouldn’t know if not for Social Media
38. Dustin Johnson is a freakish athlete
39. Steph Currie is pure talent
40. Coaching takes planning and a deep rooted sense of COMPASSION
41. PLAY is a child’s FIRST language
42. Water Balloon Speed Filling Straws are a HUGE time saver
43. You cannot EVER mail it in working with kids
44. Character is the cornerstone to being a good person
45. Creativity is the baseline of a WONDERFUL junior program
46. Kids deserve your patience
47. Bring the Backshop Kids Ice Coffee when it’s 90 degrees out to say THANK YOU
48. You are NEVER done learning
49. Watching your student win a world championship will make you CRY every time
50. That #ilovemyjob

What’s your TOP 50?

Have a Wonderful 2017 Everyone! – Coach Doug