GET TO KNOW COACH POLICH ...
dedicated to student's success.
"Mark Polich is not only the best golf instructor I have ever worked with but he is simply the best teacher I know in the very general sense. His knowledge of the game, the swing, biomechanics and the neuropsychology of learning are unmatched. Combine this with the fact that Mark listens, observes, corrects, and eloquently gives the support that only gifted teachers can. These qualities have garnered national recognition and respect. Anyone who loves the game and wants to perform at their best should gift themselves with the opportunity to work with him."
ABOUT BEING A GREAT COACH
My goal is to be a GREAT COACH. Good won't do it for me.
I am a FULL TIME golf coach and have been for over 20 years.
I consider it a privilege to work with you on your golf game.
I take your trust in me very serious.
I have plenty of tournament trophies: now it's about YOU!
I believe people have within them a great ability to improve.
I care deeply about my students reaching their goals.
When I start working with serious students, I AM ALL IN!
Success comes from the student and coach working together.
If you trust me to help you, you can improve.
If you no longer trust me to help, it is time to find another coach.
Being a great coach is much more than being a good golfer.
Being a great coach is much more than knowing the golf swing.
Becoming a great coach takes time: perhaps 10 years or more.
I strive to be the best coach I can each and every day.
I am committed to constant learning from other coaches.
I am committed to learn from students every day.
I never give up on a student.
Once we start working together, you will define success.
ABOUT LEARNING WITH MARK POLICH
My goal for you is lasting improvement.
I focus on skills and understanding, not theories and positions.
I don't teach band aid fixes: they don't last.
Coaching sessions are about you. I won't hit many balls, if any.
I use technology to make learning easier for you.
Technology speeds up the improvement process.
I use is TrackMan because I prefer to rely on facts, not opinion.
When it comes to DISTANCE, CLUB SPEED RULES.
When it comes to DIRECTION, CLUB FACE RULES.
I use video technology when appropriate.
Since we are unique, I teach each student differently.
The BioSwing Dynamics helps me understand your best swing.
I don't teach students to swing like a pro: we are all unique.
You don't choose your swing, it chooses you.
I help you learn YOUR BEST SWING.
I help you learn to synchronize the body, arms, hands, and club.
I help you understand what is happening and why.
I provide options for improving.
Improvement is a process that takes time and patience.
My goal for you is LASTING IMPROVMENT.
Tinkering is a good way to get lost and is not recommended.
MARK POLICH BACKGROUND
I grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota. I played almost every sport, but my life changed when my father introduced me to the game of golf after a baseball bat in the eye ended my baseball career at age 11.
From the beginning, I loved playing golf and learned how to have fun on the course as you can see here in these pictures from my high school golf team.
COMPETITIVE PLAYING CAREER
Shot first "low" round (31) at 9 hole golf course - age 16
Played 2 years of college golf at Gustavus Adolphus
Member at Hazeltine National Golf Club for 12 years
Won 4 match play Club Championships, runner Up twice
Won 2 stroke play Club Championships, runner up twice
Runner up Minnesota Mid Amateur (1992, )
First alternate US Amateur (1999)
Career low competitive round of 65 in Arizona Mid-Am (2000)
Handicap was +1.8 when I stopped playing competitively (2000)
HS COACHING CAREER - TEAM
Started Catalina Foothills HS girls golf - intramural sport(1999)
Head coach CFHS - girls golf team for 11 years
CFHS won State Championships in 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010
CFHS was State Runner-Up in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2008
Coached 9 Region Championship teams (out of 10 possible)
From 2003 to 2010, CFHS regular season record (199-26)
CFHS recorded 100 straight wins over all S Arizona teams
Named Coach of the Year a record 8 times in 11 years.
HS COACHING CAREER - INDIVIDUALS
Coached 30 All State Players
Coached 27 Southern AZ Media All Star First Team Players
Coached 22 Southern AZ Media All Star Second Team Players
Coached 10 Individual Region Champions
Coached 11 Individual Region Runner-Ups
Coached 2 Individual State Champions
Coached 2 Individual State Runner-Ups
Coached 3 Southern AZ Players of the Year
From 2004 to 2010, coached 50% of the Top 10 Girls in S AZ
Coached 3 Division I players
Coached 4 Division III Players
Coached 2 NAIA Players
Coached 5 Junior College Players
In 2009, Coached 3 Tucson City Junior Champions