About

 

Daniel has been PGA Professional since 2004, currently he is an Elite Instructor at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center in Sea Island, GA. During his career he has taught at the Wildcat Golf Academy in Chicago through Northwestern University as well as several top private clubs around the country.  He has been voted to the Golf Digest Best Young Teacher twice, once in 2017 and again in 2019.  He was also the recipient of the 2016 Illinois PGA Horton Smith award that recognizes individual golf professionals for their continuing contributions in developing and improving education opportunities for PGA professionals in the Illinois PGA Section.

Daniel’s time with the Wildcat Golf Academy was between 2009-2016 in Chicago.  WGA is a developmental program for high school players striving to play collegiate golf.  While at the WGA he worked closely with Jeff Mory, Sam McKinney, and Pat Goss, the Director of Golf for the Northwestern University Men’s and Women’s programs.  Daniel has also traveled around the country to obverse some of the best minds in the country, such as Cameron McCormick, Scott Fewcett, and Mark Broadie.  He has also worked with golf biomechanics Dr. Robert Neal, Mike Duffy, Mark Bull, and Dr. Young Kwon.  Daniel has also trained under instructors such as Todd Anderson, Jack Lumpkin, Mike Shannon, Gale Peterson, Dr. Morris Pickens, and Randy Myers at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center in 2008 and 2009.  Most recently Daniel has traveled on the PGA Tour with Jonathan Byrd during the 2018-2020 seasons.

Daniel currently coaches predominantly tournament players looking to improve their mechanics, practice efficiency, and long term progress planning.  Since being back at Sea Island since 2016 he has created the Player Development Program (PDP), this is a program for developmental players that are looking to take their game to the collegiate and professional levels. For more information click on the following link. Sea Island PDP

Coaching Philosophy

Daniel’s coaching philosophies are focused on helping each player through their journey in competitive golf.  His focus is on each player as an individual thereby determining where the player is at on a foundational level as well as their technical ability.  Daniel enjoys the challenge of identifying the specific factors of each player that influences their performance.  From a technical approach, he takes the view of each player having certain physical and conceptual limitations that need to be taken into account before imposing concepts and ideas onto players that can affect their current performance.  He has a biomechanical approach and “cause and effect” of motion from a anatomical stand point, but from a communication stand point attempts to keep the conversation at a level each player can relate to and learn from.  Daniel believes in continuing to educate himself on the latest research to assist players in developing their game to the best of their abilities.  By so doing, he has spent a considerable amount of time with some of the lead short game specialists in the country and works with players on their short game development inside 120 yards.  Daniel has also enjoyed learning from some of the top cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, and learning researchers to help players learn effective methods of training and transferring skills to competitive environments.  Daniel also “stays in his lane” as a coach and regularly consults with trusted specialists in the areas of sports psychology, putting, fitness, nutrition, and mental health professionals that assist in the development of a player through their journey.

Current Position
Elite Instructor
Sea Island Golf Performance Center
100 Retreat Ave
St Simon’s Island, GA 31522
912.638.5119

Home Town
Albemarle, NC

Education
Methodist University 04′

PGA Member
2004

Professional Players
Jonathan Byrd: PGA Tour
Multiple Mini Tour Professionals: PGA Tour China, PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latin America

College Players

University of Georgia

Clemson University

University of Tennessee

University of Alabama

Georgia Southern University

Northwestern University

University of Kansas

Additional Universities around the country

Past Experience
Skokie Country Club, IL
Wildcat Golf Academy, IL
Sea Island Golf Performance Center, GA
Ocean Forest Golf Club, GA
RedStick Golf Club, FL
National Golf Links of America, NY
Misquamicut Club, RI
Onwentsia Club, IL
Highlands Falls Country Club, NC

Awards and Nominations
Illinois PGA Section Horton Smith Award 2016 (Winner)
Golf Digest Best Young Instructor 2016-2017 and 2018-2019
Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year Award 2013, 2014, 2015 (Nominee)

Certifications
SamPutt Lab Level 2 / NG 360 Fitness Certification / Trackman Level 2 / Penn State Golf Biomechanics Program Level 1 / Dr. Kwon Golf Biomechanics Program Level 2 / 4D Motions Level 1 / Swing Catalyst Level 1

PGA Tour Player Instructional Observations
Charles Howell:  Todd Anderson/Randy Myers
Brant Snedeker:  Todd Anderson/Randy Myers
Billy Horschel:  Todd Anderson
Davis Love III:  Jack Lumpkin
Luke Donald:  Pat Goss
Zach Johnson:  Dr. Morris Pickens
Tadd Fugikawa:  Todd Anderson/Mike Shannon