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Driving Improvement w/ Mark Russo, PGA
67 minutes | 20 days ago
EPISODE ELEVEN: James Hong / I Can't Believe You're Here!
Mark Russo, 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Digest ranked instructor, welcomes James Hong, a US Kids Top 50 Master Instructor and coach, who is recognized all over the world for his ability to connect with junior golfers. In this episode, Hong elaborates on what parents can do to help their young golfer get hooked on golf, as well as how he deals with kids that are uncertain and unsure about playing the game. In his energetic style, Hong brings you onto one of the most successful lesson tees anywhere, and tells you how he got there and how he failed along the way. Don't miss the opportunity to hear a world-class coach talk about his craft!
59 minutes | 23 days ago
EPISODE TEN: Lori Russo / Do What's Fulfilling
Mark Russo, 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Digest ranked instructor, is joined by Lori Russo, President of Stanton Communications, a public relations firm that services clients ranging from casinos to statisticians to coaches. On this Christmas episode, the discussion covers a wide range of topics such as starting at the ground floor in a company as a woman, helping your client find the answers by asking the right questions, and what it is like to be at the top of the company but always looking for better information. It's a Holiday edition of the Driving Improvement podcast...right now!
72 minutes | 2 months ago
EPISODE NINE: Teachers of the Year, Part 2: Erika Larkin & Pat Coyner
Mark Russo, 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year & Golf Digest ranked instructor, once again brings you inside the golf coaching world, this time with 2012 MAPGA Teacher of the Year, Erika Larkin, and 2015 MAPGA Teacher of the Year, Pat Coyner. The group discusses the difficulty of getting better at a tough game, as well as the impact that social media and online golf content has had on the ability of players to improve. Coyner & Larkin also dive into the difficult world of self growth on the lesson tee, and how bad lessons can happen to even the best teachers. 3 Middle Atlantic PGA teachers of the year come together to take you inside the game and the lesson tee - don't miss it!
56 minutes | 4 months ago
EPISODE EIGHT: Blaine Forsythe / Love the Challenge
Mark Russo, 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Digest ranked instructor, takes you inside the mind of NHL assistant coach, Blaine Forsythe. A coach with the Washington Capitals, Forsythe has been an integral part of the success of the franchise, culminating in a Stanley Cup Championship in 2018. In this episode, he speaks to the learning habits of the best players in the world, the importance of keeping an open mind as a coach, and how staying in the moment is so critical to reaching the ultimate goal.
68 minutes | 5 months ago
EPISODE SEVEN: Teachers of the Year, Part 1 / John Scott Rattan & Chris George
Mark Russo, 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Digest ranked instructor, welcomes John Scott Rattan, 2020 MAPGA Teacher of the Year & teaching professional at Congressional Country Club, and Chris George, 2010 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and director of instruction at Kingsmill Resort. The discussion aims to help golfers of all levels get better by understanding their tendencies and the best ways to find success. If you are a beginner that wants to pick up the game, a regular golfer trying to break 90, or a single digit player looking to find the next level, Rattan, George, and Russo have you covered on this entertaining and fast paced episode of the Driving Improvement podcast!
58 minutes | 6 months ago
EPISODE SIX: Andrew Rice / It's the Relationships
Mark Russo, 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Digest ranked instructor, is joined by Andrew Rice, one of the top golf coaches in the game today. A Golf Digest "Top 50 in America" Teacher and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor, Andrew has built a business based on outstanding knowledge and the ability to effectively communicate with students of all skill levels. In this episode, he gives his thoughts on how golfers can improve faster, how creating a culture is critical to a successful business, and why relationships are the key to happiness.
49 minutes | 7 months ago
EPISODE FIVE: Pete Strickland / No Standing Still
Mark Russo, 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Digest ranked instructor, discusses teaching and coaching with long-time NCAA coach and former coach of the Irish National Team, Pete Strickland. In a career that spanned over 30 years and included winning the Big South Coach of the Year in 2000, Strickland dives into the successes and failures that helped mold his teaching style. In this episode, he shares lessons learned from DeMatha coaching great, Morgan Wootten, what it's like to help a nation love the game of basketball, and the real secret to improving as a player and maximizing your potential.
43 minutes | 7 months ago
EPISODE FOUR: Dean Evason / Grinding It Out
Mark Russo, 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Digest ranked instructor, is joined by Dean Evason, current head coach of the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League, and veteran of over 800 games played in the NHL. Evason explains what it takes to make it in the best hockey league in the world, how consistency and enjoying the daily grind can make you a success, and how it's critical in coaching to be able to adjust your message to the person in front of you. All of this, as well as Evason's take on the best player he ever faced in the NHL and an incredible story about the night he fought 3 times...with the same player...in the same period.
29 minutes | 8 months ago
EPISODE THREE: Peter Shankman / Failure is Awesome
Mark Russo, 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Digest ranked instructor, welcomes entrepreneur and author, Peter Shankman, to the podcast. Bringing his unique energy to the conversation, Peter describes the amazing risk he took to gain the freedom to work for himself, how helping people is one of life's great joys, and why failure is awesome for growth. He also explains how the difficulties he experienced in school were later attributed to ADHD, and why it's so important to now show others that are diagnosed how to use it as a gift and not a curse.
56 minutes | 8 months ago
EPISODE TWO: Matt Finarelli / Light Bulb Moments
Mark Russo, 2018 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Digest ranked instructor, welcomes Matt Finarelli, a professional chef and author, for a fun discussion on the power of cooking and teaching. Chef Matt opens up about his love for people, the choice to quit a secure job to follow his passion, and how he lives for the opportunity to give each person a "light bulb moment" in the kitchen.
62 minutes | 9 months ago
EPISODE ONE: Jonathan Ross / Turn on the Spark
In the very first episode of the "Driving Improvement" podcast, Mark Russo welcomes Jonathan Ross, an award-winning fitness coach and author, to discuss his motivation for coaching people and how helping people find their spark can lead them to a more fulfilling life.
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