With the recent promotion about Get Golf Ready, I got in touch with Bob Posillico, PGA Pro at Eisenhower Park Golf Shop. Here’s our interview, in it we cover Bob’s career, his swing philosophy and Golf 2.0.
LIGN: Tell me about yourself and your teaching philosophy?
BP: I have been in the golf business for over 30 years starting as an assistant at the Hempstead CC in 1980. I am currently a Class A-1 Head Professional a the Salisbury Golf & Learning Center located at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY.
As an instructor I keep the swing very simple. I believe in feel, timing and balance as being equal in importance to form and positions.
All sports eventually are played by feel, ever sink a free throw? How far did you bring your hand back, where was your elbow, did you keep your head still? I do not think this was why it went in. Feel.
LIGN: How did you get involved with Get Golf Ready?
BP: We got into Play Golf America programs from materials given to us from PGA. National these programs are to help grow golf as well as help our individual businesses. It just so happenes the new representative for the PGA in charge of promoting these programs is a young man that got his start as a junior golfer in a clinic I offered in 1997. He loved golf so much from that day on he pursued a career becoming a PGA member and now works promoting Golf 2.0. He approached me to help get us started with the current programs and the results have been great.
LIGN: What has been the response so far?
BP: The reaction to the programs seems very receptive. We receive many emails and phone calls inquiring about the classes offered.
LIGN: How is Get Golf Ready different from other instruction you offer?
BP: We have been offering instructional programs very similar to the 2.0 itinerary for many years. This is why this was a natural fit for our facility.
LIGN: When do classes start? How can people sign up?
BP: Class schedules can be seen on our website- eproshop.org – or calling the shop at 516-222-2620
LIGN: Lately, if seems like we hear that golf is ‘in trouble’? What’s your opinion – agree or disagree? What needs to be done to ‘fix golf’?
BP: It is true golf does have a few issues to address. Today people have less time to devote to hobbies and sports so golf does consume a full day. Another issue is the cost of instruction, equipment and tee times. Courses themselves can be too hard and detract from the enjoyment of the sport.
In spite of the negatives people are still drawn to the sport and all it offers. Many of the concerns mentioned above are exactly what the PGA’s Play Golf America and Golf 2.0 are all about.