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|PGA Professional Lessons / Swing Analysis
The Canton Indoor Golf Center is pleased to welcome the following PGA Professionals to its teaching staff:
George DeVita, PGA Professional
George is the head professional at Farmington Woods Golf Club in Farmington, CT and has given over 2,000 individual lessons to players of all skill levels.
Previously, he was a PGA teaching professional at The Country Club of Farmington, where he provided over 300 private lessons, while incorporating the latest in video teaching technology.
Prior to his move to the Northeast, he held the Lead Assistant Golf Professional position at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, home to the Memorial tournament and Jack Nicklaus.
He is currently working with many of the leading junior golfers and amateurs in CT.
His approach to teaching is simple yet educational. With the use of video technology, drills and training aides George is able to communicate the most complex ideas in easy to understand terms.
His hobbies include running, reading, playing with his children and coaching ice hockey.
Bob Sparks, PGA Professional
PGA Golf Professional Bob Sparks has taught players of all abilities for 15 years. His education began at The Golf Academy of the South where he graduated third in his class.
Bob was elected to PGA membership in 1998 after completing the Golf Professional Training Program with The PGA of America. Bob's area of expertise were noted as Tournament Operations and Teaching.
Prior to becoming The Golf Professional at Fairview Farm Golf Course Bob previously worked at The Hartford Golf Club, and Timacuan Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
Bob's philosophy in teaching golf begins with an understanding of how the club works. His beliefs are most players are overloaded with too much information, and are not focused enough on what the club is doing at impact (the moment of truth). Bob believes in trying to put more emphasis on the athlete in you instead of the robot in you.
Bob also believes the importance of the short game is often taken too lightly for all level of players, and Bob will be quick to tell any amateur player that an improved short game is surely the quickest route to lower scores.
Chet Dunlop, PGA Professional
Chet believes that the game of golf is accessible to every student who wants to play, and his mission is to help each player discover their own ability in a relaxed and supportive environment. He knows he cannot give his student a swing, but he can help that student find their own. It is this approach to teaching that is sustainable as this method allows the student to become their own coach, recognizing their strengths and reinforcing them as they play.
As the Director of the New England School of Golf for over 25 years Chet has coached thousands of students utilizing his particular approach to the game of golf. In that time he has been named Teacher of the Year by the CT PGA, while receiving recognition for his coaching ability not only by national publications including Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, but he has also been featured in Japan’s own Golf Magazine.
Chet’s impact on his students reveals their natural ability and helps them find their own way into the game. As long time local golfer Norm August explains: “Chet helped me find my natural swing, (and showed me how not to) let all the other stuff that I was trying to do get in the way, and it was perfect … it was just natural.”
Chet is pleased to be a part of the Canton Indoor Golf Center Team and looks forward to exploring the game with his students in CT’s own world class practice and teaching venue.