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rickm1976

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Need good instructor in Fort Smith area
« on: August 18, 2017, 08:05:40 pm »

Could any of you recommend a good instructor in the Ft. Smith area?  I have been playing 53 years, since I was 7.  I have never had a lesson, but I believe it's never too late.  I don't need one to work on the basics, I really need someone to help me just work on my iron play - especially mid to long irons.  My biggest weakness is that I never learned to properly hit down and compress the ball with my irons, and I guess I've always been a "picker", which really costs me in distance.  When I was in my 30's, I could hit a driver 290 with the old Taylormade original metal woods with standard length Dynamic Gold S300 shafts, but I was lucky to hit my 7 iron 140, if that much.  I can't even hit one 130 now, even with graphite shafts (I would love to be able to afford distance-wise to go back to steel).  I'm looking for a PGA professional who can help me with this one area.  I don't keep a handicap index anymore, but usually shoot in the low to mid 70's at smaller public courses, and mid to high 70's at Eagle Crest (when I splurge occasionally).  I guess at 60, I should be satisfied, but I just want to learn to hit my irons properly before I get too old to swing a club.  It's one thing on my bucket list that I really want to cross off.  Any of you all who know a good instructor who can teach more than just the basics, I would appreciate it a lot.  Thanks for your help and suggestions.
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Re: Need good instructor in Fort Smith area
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2017, 12:03:43 pm »

Mark Curlett if he's still around
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Re: Need good instructor in Fort Smith area
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2017, 12:14:27 pm »

Mark Curlett if he's still around

He's not - moved to NWA
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Re: Need good instructor in Fort Smith area
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2017, 08:44:22 am »

Yeah.  Someone suggested Mark Curlett to me recently, but I found out he moved.  Thanks anyway.
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Re: Need good instructor in Fort Smith area
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 10:13:13 pm »

He's not - moved to NWA

When the heck did coach move?
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Re: Need good instructor in Fort Smith area
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2017, 03:23:47 pm »

When the heck did coach move?

I thought he was still at UAFS, but was told he retired back in 2015 and moved away.
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Re: Need good instructor in Fort Smith area
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2017, 06:01:44 pm »

When the heck did coach move?

He went to work selling cars at Smith Chevrolet - then left and moved to NWA a year or so ago
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Re: Need good instructor in Fort Smith area
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 10:47:59 pm »

Coach Curlett is still doing golf at the golf nut and in nwa.
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Re: Need good instructor in Fort Smith area
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2017, 12:38:17 pm »

Call Scott Gardiner, he is in NWA but he does work in FS.  Former tour player.  I have played for 35yrs and recently ran into issues w/iron play and after hr lesson, fixed.479-790-9384.
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Re: Need good instructor in Fort Smith area
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2017, 09:23:14 pm »

Call Scott Gardiner, he is in NWA but he does work in FS.  Former tour player.  I have played for 35yrs and recently ran into issues w/iron play and after hr lesson, fixed.479-790-9384.

Hey, thanks!  Will do.  Sounds like exactly what I need.
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