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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

Freestyle Golf Video — Check it out!

You have to love when people put their hearts and soles into something they love. The guys who are able to do these amazing golf tricks, like juggling a golf ball on a golf club are amazing! They have spent countless hours practicing something they love. Neat stuff. Hope you enjoy this– give it a whirl!!

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

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


More Golf Warm Ups–just as promised!
June 25, 2010, 12:17 PM
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Wimbledon has really been interesting this week. Josh Isner finally won it yesterday, after 11 hours—it was the longest match in tennis history! It is always amazing when an athlete is pushed to…well, beyond all imagined limits! Kudos goes out to both competitors, for sure. Reading about the match, I thought about the effort, and the preparation it took for those men to compete at such a high level.

It is undeniable that personal will and the competitive spirit are important in all sports– The American men playing in Soccer’s FIFA World Cup have shown that! And, fitness is also a key aspect of achieving a high level of play in all sports. Golf is no exception. So, here is another short exercise that will help your golf game:

Modified Good Mornings


  • Slightly flexed knees
  • Grab club and bend at hips
  • Let arms hang relaxed in front of legs
  • Stretch hamstrings and lower back by lowering club down legs
  • Return to starting position and repeat 15 times

Benefit to Golf Swing:

  • Increase circulation in lumbar (lower back) area to withstand the high torque from initial swings
  • Allow for a more relaxed posture position through out swing
  • Reduce chance of injury to lower back early in the round

 For more help on your golf game, reach out to James Quinn at Cape May Par 3 for tips and lessons. He can be reached through  or via phone at 609/889-2600!


Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range