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    Default The Brian Manzella Academy Certified Golf Instructor Program

    The Brian Manzella Golf Academy Certified Instructor Program
    and our New Manzella Authorzied Instructor Programs

    men
    ·tor, noun

    an experienced and trusted advisor
    synonyms: adviser, guide, guru, counselor, consultant


    cer·ti·fied, adjective

    officially approved as having met a standard
    synonyms: bona fide, authentic, endorse



    I’ve been asked by dozens of instructors over the last 8 years, how they can go about becoming a Certified Manzella Academy Instructor. For a variety of reasons, we have never offered a program that just anyone could enter. I have always preferred to personally select the teachers who would receive the “certified” designation. But starting next year, that will all change. We will have a education program that any golf instructor can sign up for, complete, and be Authorized in. And we are very excited about it.

    First, a little history.


    I started teaching Tom Bartlett in late 1986. He soon became the New Orleans City Junior Champ and then the youngest City Amateur Champ. Tom was undoubtably one of the most impressive ball-strikers as a teenager anyone has ever seen. Michael Finney who was the #9 ranked junior golfer in the USA as a senior in high school, was the star of his Jesuit high school team that Tom Bartlett was an 8th grade member of. Mike had seen Tom play before Mike went off to play at LSU with David Toms, and when he saw the improved version of Tom's game on one of his visits home from college, Mike was ready to start working on his swing with me as well.


    From that time forward, the three of us spent hundreds of nights and thousands of hours studying the golf swing, and looking at golf swings at Tom Bartlett’s house. Over the next few years, while working hard on our swings and our understanding of golf mechanics, we learned a lot. Mike and Tom turned pro within a year of each other and soon Mike was one of area’s most sought after teachers while at Beau Chene’ CC. Tom was playing on the mini-tours and trying tour school every year. Before long, Chris Hamburger, another Jesuit High golfer, had started working with me on his game, and soon was hanging around the three of us and soaking up the info at the all-day practice sessions and late night skull sessions.



    During this time, I became a student of legendary instructor Ben Doyle. Eventually Tom, then Mike, then Chris all made the trip to Carmel, California, at first separately and then together yearly. We were in touch with Ben at all times and stayed with him at all the PGA Teaching Summits. We all became part of a group of golf teachers known in the business as “Ben’s Boys,” golf teachers and players who worked with Ben and knew his stuff inside and out. By the time Mike, Chris and I were all working in Louisville, Kentucky, it was quite obvious that Tom, Mike and Chris were part of a new group as my evolution as a teacher became more and more obvious—we were The Manzella Instructors.


    In the early days of my website which I started in 2003, a young strong golfer from Chicago started to work on his game with me. After just a couple of years, he not only was 10-15 shots a round better, he had gone through all the “Manzella Patterns” as they and he evolved. Seeing and adjusting the golf swing with the “Manzella Matrix” firmed planted in his brain, the pre-Trackman, pre-Scientist version of what I was teaching had become second nature to the Chicago golfer, Jim Kobylinski, and he was finding that he could help his pals games almost as easy as I could. He soon started teach golf with much success for a part-time instructor.


    We both knew we had something.


    Soon, Damon Lucas, the talented pro from Baltimore, by way of Australia, and Ryan Smither, Mike Finney’s assistant professional and former junior student of both of ours, were added to the group.


    We had done it just like Ben had. These were all golfing and teaching students of mine who after some amount of time had become intimately familiar with what the group was teaching and researching, were found to be like minded, and were similarly inspired by the search for golf swing truth. And now, they were part of a fast growing, influential force in the golf instruction business as the website took off.


    6 by 2006…..




    From left Chris Hamburger, Tom Bartlett, Mike Finney, Brian Manzella, Michael Jacobs, Damon Lucas

    By 2007, we had grown to 8 with the addition of fellow long-time Ben Doyle proteges Michael Jacobs and Steve Khatib, and we started to do some corporate events like the one above for Pepsi and Taco Bell. Kevin Shields soon became an important part of the group as our influence in the business increased and the daily interaction between all the guys questioned every move in the swing and polished our message as we moved into the science phase of our golf swing truth pursuit.


    A little timeline:


    In February of 2006, Yale professor Bob Grober sat me down at the MIT Better Golf Through Technology summit to tell me that there was a "mistake in every paragraph" in the little yellow book that we had based some of what we taught on.

    In December of 2007, After Dr. Aaron Zick's seminal presentation at the TGM summit in Florida, and a two hour debate and discussion on all things TGM with the attendees, Michael Jacobs Mike Finney, Steve Khatib, and I walked down the hall back to our rooms. On the way, Michael Jacobs uttered the infamous line, "Boys, either we are going to have to call what we are doing something else, or they are going to have to."

    In September of 2009, we added our 10th instructor, Jon Hardesty. Jon strongly encouraged us to start calling every PHD University researcher from every research paper that we had and we could get our hands on. This was the final push toward science that the group needed, a push that started in 2003 with forum member "Mandrin" and a few others over the years on the website to that point.


    In September of 2010, Michael Finney calls Dr. Steven Nesbit and invites him to attend our first science symposium.

    On October 10. 2o10, we hosted "Anti-Summit I" the first Manzella Golf Science Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Paul Wood, Dr. Aaron Zick, and Dr. Robert Neal were the expert panel.


    In November of 2010, We finally officially
    launched Project 1.68, our scientific pursuit of the golf swing.

    In December of 2011, on the 5th &6th, with 6 world-class scientists presenting, we had our second Manzella Golf Science Symposium on Long Island, New York. Dr. Sasho MacKenzie, Dr. Steven Nesbit, Fredrik Tuxen,
    Dr. Paul Wood, Dr. Aaron Zick, and Dr. Robert Neal



    Now that I have certified a nice round number of 20 golf instructors, "The Group," what we all call the group, has made a pretty big dent in golf instruction. We plan to do much, much more in our quest to be the very best at what we do.


    But it is time to allow golf professional from around the world who want to learn from us to have that opportunity. It has become a world where Teaching Accreditation Programs have become every popular and we plan to do the very best at that as well.


    We are going to launch a new Manzella Authorized Instructor program very soon.



    It will feature teaching the instructors not only how the golf swing works, but how to get it done on the lesson tee and that will include the attendees working on their live teaching in front of the seminar instructors.

    It will also have two different "brand names," one Manzella Authorized, one TBA.



    More to come on the subject very soon!




    "All you have is the HUB PATH and the force and torque you apply to the club—that's the whole swing."

    Brian Manzella is Golf Digest's 37th ranked teacher in the USA and is a three time Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor.

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    As one of the people who has inquired about becoming a "Manzella Man," I am fired up about this!

    I will gladly be a guinea pig!
    At least now I understand why I suck at this game.

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    All I know is, when I went to see Brian for the first time, I was completely broken as a golfer an actually considering another career. While we both struggled at times with information as we were digesting new ideas, I've improved every step of the way as a player and a teacher. I've been honored to be a contributor to the group, "Mr. Practical Application", and look forward to continuing to learn from this elite group of golfing minds. There is no way I could've seen the gains I have in the past five years without the access to the information Brian and this group have provided me. I'm certain there are other teachers and groups that have had similar effects on students and teachers so this is nothing new, all I know is I'm not going anywhere else anytime soon!
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    Time flies when you are having fun.

    Kevin's 1st lesson with me was May of 2007, six and a half years ago. And a bunch of tournament wins, multiple 63's, 2 Player of Years, and a Teacher of the Year ago. Looking forward to our second trip to the Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour Event.



    Kevin Shields and Brian Manzella behind the ropes at the 2013 Greenbrier Classic
    "All you have is the HUB PATH and the force and torque you apply to the club—that's the whole swing."

    Brian Manzella is Golf Digest's 37th ranked teacher in the USA and is a three time Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor.

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    I'm renting a house this time............till Sunday
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    The knowledge I've gained over the years from my association with the Manzella Clan has helped me to become the most frequent presenter at SCPGA Summits over the past few years. They keep asking me to present because they recognize that these concepts are more powerful than other ideas they'd been hearing over the years. I have a few affiliations, but it is easily this one that has given me the most resources to help my students and fellow teachers. "Torque", "Tumble", "Ground Reaction Forces", "Going Normal", "Twistaway", and the almighty D Plane have happily infiltrated my vernacular for good. Thank you for the education.
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    Being around coaches my entire life, you notice that the great ones all share some not so common traits – passion about their craft, relentless pursuit of better information, investment in their players, skilled communicator, motivator, eager student, and excellent teacher. Brian has these traits in spades. You can also tell a lot about a coach by looking at their coaching tree or the talent they surround themselves with. IMO, you’d be hard pressed to find a group with as much knowledge about the swing and how it actually works. But perhaps more importantly is each of their abilities to convey that knowledge to many different people in many different ways. So as an instructor, I think you’re in a very fortunate position if you have a group like this to be a part of… and even more fortunate if you can consider them your friends and mentors. Brian and the boys are both to me.
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    What a terrific post Brian!

    Great synopsis of your trek and terrific news about the future! In 2009 I made a decision to invest my money as a golf professional by taking a 2 day seminar in Long Island with Michael Jacobs and Brian Manzella. I had followed the forum and purchased the videos and wanted to take my game and more importantly my instruction to another level. My expectations were exceeded and my golf swing was brilliantly (without Trackman or 3d!) broken down with a prescription that has really lasted. It was then outside the Rock Hill Golf and Country Club that I asked Brian about a continued education plan. When he hinted that there were plans in the works, I had hope that I would have an outlet for information. The GTE seminars that I attended were great and along with the Anti Summit in Long Island my education has been terrific. I definitely look forward to working with the group in the future as the depth of the knowledge and background expands. A fun secondary benefit to spending time with these guys is the wit, Brian is too funny and Mike Finney's ability to keep Brian in check can be very entertaining, but the bottom line is that there is PASSION that is undeniable from all. Thank you for that.
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    Really excited about this.

    I have been in contact with a lot of these guys since 2005. I've learned a lot and I have been able to help a lot of people with their golf games. Looking forward to participating in the program.
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    It has been a great run so far, looking forward to the next phase. Everyone keep up the good work
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