Coaches

Work with some of the best golf coaches in your area today!


Howard Wyckoff

Location:

Westchester, New York

Howard is a long-time golf instructor with a serious gift for teaching. PGA certified he will put you on a path to better golf whether you're a beginner or a single digit handicap.

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Daniel Skelton

Location:

Westchester, New York

Daniel teaches both private lessons and leads our junior golf academy classes and camps. A talented player in his college days he works with golfers of all skill levels.

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Kevin Walsh

Location:

Westchester, New York

Kevin teaches both private lessons and assists with our junior golf academy classes and camps. 

 

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Mitchell Spearman

Location:

Albany, Bahamas

Mitchell is a Top 100 Teacher and one of the best in the game today. He works with PGA Tour players as well as top ranked amateur and junior players.


Howard Wyckoff - Director of Instruction

Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy - Rye Brook

Howard Wyckoff, PGA Golf Professional considers himself a "golf teacher extraordinaire." But, to be fair, all of his clients agree. Howard began teaching golf professionally in 1971 and to this day enjoys it more than ever.

Howard originally starting teaching golf as an assistant golf professional to Carl Lohren, one of the best golf instructors of his generation and teacher of many PGA tour professionals. During Howard's time with Carl he gave thousands of golf lessons and taught numerous golf schools to countless golfers from around the country.

12 years later Howard became the head golf professional and director of golf at the Woodcrest club in New York. He loved teaching golf so much that he continued to give more than 30 hours of lessons per week on average spanning two decades. 

After leaving the Woodcrest club Howard led PGA accredited golf schools for PGA professionals, training the trainers. These schools were attended by more than 400 PGA apprentices and professionals.

If you ask Howard of his greatest achievement in golf he won't tell you about the PGA professionals he's met, the professional athletes he's worked with, or celebrities that he has taught in the last 45 years, He will tell you it's the cumulative enjoyment he gets seeing the thousands of every day golfers he has taught to play golf better than they ever thought possible that he was most proud of.

Howard's approach to teaching golf is: Keep It Simple. Extremely Simple. In most cases he can deconstruct the swing into his favorite two drills and spend time refining the basics to perfection. Drill One: Learning how the hands control the club head and the impact area to hit the ball high and straight, usually accomplished with shots of about 20 yards. Drill Two: Learning how the hands control the body for power, work done in about the 50 to 70 yard range. For many of Howard's clients the pure strike of a full swing is the result of learning (and practicing) these two drills.


Daniel Skelton - Program Manager of Junior Golf

Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy - Westchester

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Daniel Skelton has been with the Mitchell Spearman Academy since 2014, and is now the lead instructor of the junior program. A native of Great Britain, Skelton was a graduate of Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, with a BA honors in History and Business Management, and an MS in Sports Business Management. 4 years of collegiate golf, with 2 MAC Conference titles and 2 NCAA Championship appearances.

After graduating, Skelton then became Assistant Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at Manhattanville, overseeing instruction, recruitment and academic advising. He led the Men's team to a MAC Conference title and first NCAA berth for 4 years, and reduced the Women's team scoring average by nearly 30 strokes, shattering program records.

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About teaching:

“I like to work with all golfers. I find it equally gratifying knowing that I helped a beginner take his/her first swings as it is knowing that I helped someone win a major tournament. Teaching is all about helping others, whether it be with something as simple as how to hold the club or as complex as to how to stay calm and make key putts when the pressure is on.”

About working with Mitchell:

“Mitchell is no doubt a true master of the golf swing. He can make difficult changes to a swing seem so simple to understand. He has taught me how to understand a player’s swing by observing all the elements of the shot–flight of the ball, sound of impact, depth of divot, player’s balance,..Mitchell is a veritable launch monitor/video swing analysis machine all wrapped into one person. His ability to see everything all in one swing is what I strive to achieve.”