The teaching staff at Troon Golf Academy is comprised of some of the finest golf instructors from around the world.
The instruction team conduct all one-on-one teaching sessions in the year round Academy teaching studios which feature sophisticated digital video analysis. They will work with you on every aspect of the swing to improve power, accuracy and consistency. The short game of chipping, pitching, sand shots and putting is strongly emphasized to help everyone lower their scores. To develop a complete player, all the mental aspects and course management skills are emphasized with every golfer as well.
As a student progresses through their training, their instructor will help them understand what their swing is doing by analyzing the ball flight which is really the cornerstone to becoming your own best teacher. Each student learns how to practice, how to play the golf course, how to analyze their game to find the areas that need the most improvement, and most importantly how to think and act like a champion.
The Troon Golf Academy team are dedicated to introducing as many people as possible to the game of golf and helping them play their best.
Derek Hooper - Director of Instruction
Director of Instruction since the facility opened in 2005, Derek’s focus is on the development of specialized training programs to encourage players of all ages and skills to enjoy and excel at golf. With 17 years of teaching experience including time as the Director of Instruction at the David Duval Golf Academy in Japan and teaching the Taiwanese Men’s and Women’s National Team, Derek’s experiences have allowed him to develop a very simplistic way to explain the complexities of the golf swing. His specialty is in ling term player development for players of all ages and skill levels.
Some of Derek's credentials include:
- AAA member of the Australian PGA.
Degree is sports science and teaching methodology from University of Queensland, Australia.
Top 5 Instructors in North East, New England Golf Monthly Magazine, 2009 - 2011
Golf Digest, 2011 Connecticut Best Instructor in State nominee
Hank Haney Certified Level III Instructor
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- Titleist Performance Institute Certified Level I Golf Fitness Instructor.
- The Golf Athlete Certified Level I Allied Health Course for Golf.
For more information or to schedule a lesson with Derek call 860-312-2149. You can also click here to book you lesson online.
Derek's Instructional Rates:
1-Hour Private Lesson - $135.00
9 Hole Playing Lesson - $295.00
- 3 private coaching sessions with Derek (60 minutes each) booked by appointment - V1 Video used extensively.
- 9 hole playing lesson with Derek including feedback following the round
3D Swing Analysis
The Golf Biodynamics 3D motion capture system will measure every aspect of your swing including address angles, body rotations in backswing and downswing and your kinetic sequence. You will also complete a biofeedback training session to improve any swing faults during the analysis.
Price: Full Swing (90 minutes) - $195.00
Personal Coaching Program
The best players in the world have a personal coach to guide them in all areas of their game. Now you can too, by working personally with Director of Instruction, Derek Hooper.
Derek will lead you through a simple 4 step process that will all but guarantee you will play better golf in a shorter period of time than you ever thought possible. This unique approach to golf instruction can benefit any golfer, at any age or level of ability, who is serious about improving their game.
STEP 1: Assessment – Where are you now and where do you want to go?
The Personal Coaching Program begins with a two hour initial assessment. During this session Derek will complete an in depth interview about the current state of your game, your goals and what commitment you are willing to make to attain those goals. He will also complete a comprehensive evaluation of your skills both on the range and on course.
Your initial evaluation may include:
3D Golf BioDynamics swing analysis
V1 computer swing analysis
Short game skills test
Long game skills test
Golf fitness evaluation
Club Evaluation to determine whether the 14 clubs in your bag are optimal
Course management evaluation
STEP 2: Design the plan
After the initial assessment and interview, Derek will tailor a program to match your individual needs, goals and commitment level which will put you on the fastest path possible to lasting improvement.
The plan will include a combination of:
V1 computer swing sessions
3D Golf BioDynamics training sessions
Online video locker of all lessons
Full swing instruction
Short game instruction – putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play
Shot making sessions on the range
Mental skills training
Practice Club membership
Online rounds analysis and statistics tracker
Physical screening and exercise program performed by one our affiliated Physical Therapists.
Personal work book containing your personal plan, list of goals, timelines, dairy, designed practice drills and lesson notes.
STEP 3: Implement the plan
Implement the plan – Derek will work closely with you to implement your personal plan. You will meet regularly for instruction sessions, supervised practice and on course instruction.
STEP 4: Monitor progress
Throughout your Personal Coaching Program, you will be recording your progress through a series of specifically designed protocols that are matched to your goals. This allows you to follow closely your progress as you get closer and closer to your final goal.
Enrollment Price: Two hour initial evaluation - $260.00.
Monthly fee: Will be determined based on program content
Places in the Personal Coaching Program will be extremely limited.
Ever wonder if you are getting the most out of your practice sessions? Too many players waste their valuable time with poor practice habits that get little, if any results. The Practice Club involves supervised practice with Director of Instruction, Derek Hooper, and will teach you the practice skills necessary to improve your game faster and shoot lower scores sooner.
The Practice Club is conducted on the Academy lesson tee and the adjacent extensive short game area. It doesn’t matter what area of your game you are working on, Derek will show you how to maximize your practice time and answer any questions you may have
Time: Starting in April 2013, Friday afternoons, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Who can attend: Open to anyone currently enrolled in a lesson series or the Personal Coaching Program.
Price: $40.00 per session.
Reservations are essential.
Sue Cart - Head Teaching Professional
An integral member of the Academy’s teaching staff since the facility opened in 2005, Sue has been teaching golfers of all ages to play better golf for 20 years. Sue’s passion is in introducing women to the game of golf and to helping those already playing to play even better.
Some of Sue's credentials include:
- Class A member of the PGA of America
- 2000 Teacher of the Year, Southern California Chapter PGA
- Hank Haney Certified Level II Instructor
- Titleist Performance Institute Certified Level I Golf Fitness Instructor
- The Golf Athlete Certified Level I Allied Health Course for Golf
For more information or to schedule a lesson with Sue call 860-312-2149. You can also click here to book you lesson online.
Sue's Instructional Rates:
1-Hour Private Lesson - $120.00
- Three Hour Private Lesson series - $330.00
- Five Hour Private Lesson series - $500.00
- 9 Hole Playing Lesson - $265.00