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What makes a golf instructor good?

The golf instructor can coach you. The golf instructor can educate you about YOUR golf swing and what research has proven to be effective. The bottom line is that the more you practice the right things to improve YOUR golf game, the better you will be. Feeling comfortable with and understanding a golf instructor is really important as you find instruction that works for you.

The following is a list of qualifications that will assist you in finding the right golf instructor:

  • Good communication skills; Good personality and attitude.
  • Patience.  A great golf instructor must be patient in working with you. This is essential and helps to create a ‘safe environment’ for you to try what you are learning. As Albert Einstein once said, “A person who has never made a mistake has obviously never tried anything new.”
  • Knows the universal basics—this is so important! Your  instructor must not only know the basics, but be able to communicate them      to you (Remember this from the top of the list?!)
  • Willing to help improve your golf game rather than your wallet. Expensive golf lessons are not always the best! Believe it or not, there is no standard price for golf lessons. The best thing is to find an instructor who can meet your golf AND budget needs.
  • An instructor who has a good golf swing is essential. Modeling technique is essential for effective teaching and learning. You need to be able to “see it to be it” and for this reason, your golf instructor must be technically sound. **
  • Great instructors provide personally relevant feedback. That is, they don’t offer ‘one size fits all’ suggestions and recommendations. They evaluate your swing—and tailor lessons to your individual needs.
  • Makes the learning process fun!! This is key to it all– no point in doing it, if it isn’t fun.

**NOTE: A great golf instructor may not be a great player. Just like, a good player may not be a good golf instructor.

SOOO, golfers of all levels can be mislead into believing that a golf instructor will make our golf game better. A golf instructor can help you…just like club fitting can help you. Great golf instruction is part of the solution. Don’t forget, it is the student who will make the golf instructor a good one!  Psst…that’s you!

I welcome questions and comments!!

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

Ask The Golf Pro at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

FACEBOOK for Cape May Par 3 near Wildwood NJ New JerseyPlease post any questions you might have about all aspects of the game at and I will have James get back to you!

Rick Jones
Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

This was a question we received: I’m a 16 year old wishing to pursue a golfing career. What do I do?
James Quinn, the teaching Pro at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range has this to say:

It depends what kind of career you’re looking to pursue. If you’re looking to be a Touring Professional, then at the age of 16 you need to be around a scratch or 2-3 Handicap. Ask your golf coach about playing in some junior tournaments and see how you rank among the best. Practice 3-4 times a week with at least 1-2 practice rounds per week. You need to spend a lot of time at the short game area. Anyone can hit the ball far. But –can you score? is the most important question. Good luck to you in your career.

If you’re looking to become a Teaching Professional, the best way is to watch your local Golf Pro teach or your golf coach and see how he connects with his students. If you play on the High School team, when you become a junior or senior, start helping your other teammates. See if you like teaching and if you do you should follow the next steps. While in high school, look into colleges that offer the PGM program. From there you’re well on your way to becoming a PGA Pro. If you do not go to college, you can complete the PGA program at home. This is a good option, but I would recommend the college route. Good luck in your career!

Cape May Par 3 Driving Range Golf Camps Ladies Clinics and Private Golf Lessons

James Quinn is the full time Golf Teaching Professional at Cape May Par 3

James graduated from The Golf Academy of America and is certified in golf course management, instruction, and club repair. He also has his player credential. James has a range of teaching experiences. He served as an Assistant Golf Professional at Meadow Oaks Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Florida; and taught at Ballyneal in Colorado. More recently, James taught at Twisted Dunes Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Now, James serves as the Pro at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range.

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range
29 Fulling Mill Road
Rio Grande, NJ 08242

Funny Golf Video — Check it out!

Every once in a while we need a good laugh– Enjoy!

Make your own video today!

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

Golf Books

During the winter months, I like to catch up on some reading. Sometimes, I read magazines, other times, I like to read books on golf—all aspects of golf. One of the biggest topics in golf books is the mental game. Sometimes, I like to wander through the bookstore, and others, I shop on Amazon. For anyone with a Kindle or smart phone, many books are available for little cost and can sync directly to your device immediately…to read on the go. In any case, there are many excellent books available that I recommend. These are some of my personal favorites:

Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game by Joseph Parent

Fearless Golf: Conquering the Mental Game by Dr. Gio Valiante

Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella

Mental Toughness Training for Golf: Start Strong Finish Strong by Dr. Rob Bell

The Golf Handbook, Third Edition: The Complete Guide to the Greatest Game by Vivian Saunders

Golf Etiquette, Revised Edition by Puett, Apfelbaum, Kite, & Crenshaw

 Give these a try—or post your personal favorites if you want! We’d love your suggestions. Thanks~

 Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range


Grippping the Club

How you hold the golf club will affect the flight of your ball. If your grip is too weak, the clubface angle at impact will be off line, which will cause the ball to curve. The bottom edge of the clubface needs to be straight to the target line in order for the ball to fly straight toward the target. A good golf grip would be considered neutral, that is, neither weak nor strong. A neutral grip will allow your hands to react properly to an aggressive swing.

A Few Important Tips for Gripping the Club

  • For a right-handed golfer, the left hand is the top hand, and the right hand is the bottom hand. For a left-handed golfer, the right hand is the top hand, and the left hand is the bottom hand.
  • When you grip the club, the shaft should be at an angle where the club head is at your forehead, toward the sky, and the grip is at your waist. The club should be completely vertical.  
  • Hold the club as if you were holding an egg — not too tight. Your hands will naturally squeeze tighter when they need to during the swing.
  • If your grips are worn out and slick you will be inclined to squeeze the club too tight, creating a lot of tension in your arms and shoulders, which will cause a short, quick swing. Your grips also need to be the correct size. If the grip is too large, your hands are slow to react to the swing, and if the grip is too small, your hands will overreact.


James Quinn out on the Driving Range offering a clinic.

James Quinn, golf Pro, can help you learn all about golf. From basics to the more finer points of the game. Check out for information on lessons and clinics. Plus, at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range, we “do grips”. So, if you need your clubs regripped, stop in our pro shop with your clubs today!


Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

My 1st Clinic with the ladies Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
April 21, 2010, 8:31 PM
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So I was not as bad as I thought.  Sundays excursion to Cape May Par 3‘s driving range was very unsuccessful.  I was using a 7 iron and not getting anywhere.  I was lucky if I was hitting 50 yards out.

However, an hour with James Quinn and few other ladies really reminded me of the few things  I had been shown many years ago.   Basics are vital.  I think a beginner can very easily be bogged down with trying to be Happy Gilmore —  Which I wont lie, I was hoping to Gilmore some shots by the end of an hour  ( I am an over achiever).  But learning the fundamental basics of the game can vastly help you out simply because you don’t think of the basics when your out on the course.  I myself look at the ball, I want to hit the ball, and I want it to go far.  I skip the steps that are need to get there.

Things I learned at this week’s Clinic included the “sitting on the bar stool” technique.  Simply bending your knees and positioning your club before swinging.  Very Simple, huge difference in my swing.

Slowing Down…  I went through 4 or 5 small baskets of balls to the other ladies 1 or 2.  I tend to get in the zone at the range and want to just whack balls.  Which is a great way to release tension, but what am I learning?  Nothing.  By simply slowing down and seeing what I am accomplishing, balls were going farther and I only used my pitching wedge.

Ball placement…  lining up the ball with my body before a swing made a huge difference in where and how far the balls were going.

None of these things were one huge thing to work on but small things that all added up to improve my game.  None of which I thought of on my own.  I’ll be at the range this week working on my technique and weather permitting I’ll be out this weekend testing it out first hand on Cape May Par 3‘s course.   Friends are lining up to test the course with me and I’m very excited.

I spared the ladies… who shall remain nameless at their request this week.  But I’ll be asking how they feel about the clinic when I see them Tuesday and hopefully I’ll have some photos up as well.

For more information on the clinics offered at Cape May Par 3 with James Quinn visit