Tower Ridge Golf Lessons
David Pianki, PGA Teaching Professional
Voted 2005 Connecticut PGA Teacher of the Year
Ranked # 2 in Connecticut, Golf Digest – Best Teachers in Your State 2013/2014
With over 30 years of teaching experience, Dave has had many successful and highly accomplished students under his tutelage. They include 2 young women from West Hartford, Liz Janangelo (Caron) and Natalie Sheary who both started working with Dave when they were 11 years old and both made it to the LPGA Tour. Dave has had dozens of students play golf at the collegiate level. His students have been scholarship athletes at prestigious programs such as Duke, Wake Forest, U of Virginia, U of Miami, Loyola, Georgetown, BC, U of Rhode Island, Tulane, Miami of Ohio, Wofford, Rutgers, Methodist, and many other Division 1,2,and 3 schools.
Dave’s initial teaching experience was gained during 13 years in the club professional ranks. In 1990 Dave started the Golf School at Golfers’ Warehouse and was the golf school director and lead instructor for 15 years. Since 2004 Dave has been an independent teaching professional. In 2008 he joined us here at Tower Ridge Golf Course.
Dave enjoys working with golfers of various skill levels as this keeps his days interesting and diverse. He does some of his instructing on the practice range here at Tower Ridge but usually takes his students on the golf course where they enjoy learning all areas of the game in “real golf” situations. He also has an indoor lesson studio for winter lessons and to escape bad weather situations. Video is used in all lessons where students are provided instructional video via email, specific to their lesson.
Lessons are all a generous hour and rates are $120 adult and $100 for a junior golfer. To schedule today, please call Dave Pianki at 860-214-0775 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Butler, Director of Golf Tower Ridge Country Club
Dan Butler brings more than 15 years’ experience in the golf industry to Tower Ridge Country Club. A Connecticut native, Dan, has worked and lived all over the country in pursuit of learning the game of golf and the business that goes along with it. Along with being a graduate of the Golf Academy of America – San Diego, Dan has worked at all different types of Golf Courses, from Municipals to High-End Private facilities and resorts. Having taken and observed lessons from some of the best Golf Instructors in the country such as Jim McLean, Todd Sones, David Leadbetter, Matt McConnin, Claude Harmon and many more; Dan has gained the knowledge and experience to better any players’ game, in any area. Private and group lessons are available. Dan’s main goal and focus in the golf industry is to grow the game as much as he can with people of all ages, and skill levels while having as much fun as possible!
Dan now lives in Manchester, CT with his wife Monique, and son, Lucas. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as playing golf courses he has never played or seen. Dan’s door is always open to anyone that would like to chat about anything. Contact email@example.com for lessons with Dan starting at $30 for juniors and $50 for adults.
3 Lesson Special for Winter Months!!! Contact Dave Pianki
Are you motivated to strike the ball better? Come in and learn a drill or two relevant to your needs and do some rep’s daily throughout the winter months. You really need to practice without the distraction of a ball or shot result. Do enough correct rep’s to train your brain/nervous system to take the new road without conscious thought. During the early stages of this process, hitting full shots at full speed will only tempt old swing patterns to resurface quickly.
Another suggestion for this winter. Get yourself an Orange Whip or facsimile there of and swing it every day. At the very least it will help increase your flexibility and strengthen golf specific muscles. Using it correctly will also teach you to correctly sequence your downswing and thus create more club speed. Start slowly with continuous swings, back and thru, back and thru. Feel the flexibility of the shaft and the resulting lag and whip you can create. Notice the swoosh sound it makes through the impact area. Listen to it! Gradually make the swoosh louder and louder while staying balanced and rhythmic. As your swing changes direction you will feel the pressure shift to your forward foot. This is your body responding perfectly to the swinging motion. The louder the swoosh, the more you will feel your body respond. In the words of the great instructor Manual de la Torre “if the body is allowed to be responsive, the movement of the body will be compatible and correct” Come spring your golf swing and your body will thank you for doing this.