Mark Maness

The Golf Center at the Highlands

Mark Maness

PGA Director of Instruction
The Highlands Performance Golf Center
Carrollton, TX

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3 things to know before taking a lesson

Posted on: 06 Jun 2022

When looking for an instructor you need to know 3 things. Your budget for lessons is number 1. At my facility we have instructors charging from $100-175 per hour with discounts for purchases of series of 3 hours or more. You may be looking for group instruction which is much cheaper. Second on the list […]

Not just length, but sand conditions

Posted on: 08 Mar 2022

The length of shot is easiest to change by using different lofted clubs. Anything over 35-40 yards I begin to play with less lofted clubs. I go so far as to play a standard bunker style shot with an 8 iron from 70 yards or so. I was fortunate to spend time with Tom Kite […]

Stop Topping

Posted on: 16 Dec 2021

Bellying the ball or topping it is very common. This is because the vast majority of golfers don’t use the club correctly. Impact should occur with the grip slightly ahead of the club head, but in most cases the reverse is true. Players are trying to lift the ball in the air by releasing the […]

Concepts Matter

Posted on: 12 Apr 2021

Poor concepts of how a golf swing is suppose to get a ball in the air and moving at a target is the greatest hinderance to good results. They believe the ball is “lifted” into the air by the club in a scooping motion. They also believe the ball should fly straight. They need to […]


Posted on: 28 Oct 2020

80% of golfers have never been fit according to the NGF. Even beginners need to be fit in a static fashion, taking measurements and using an educated guess by a knowledgeable fitter. To truly fit someone we need a somewhat repeating swing motion. Best done on grass outdoors where ball flight can be seen and […]

Don't think hit down on the ball!

Posted on: 08 Oct 2020

Telling students to hit down on the ball isn’t the answer. If they always miss the ground it’s either a concept or fear thing. Their concept is wrong because they think they can lift the ball off the ground. I explain why it’s possible but leads to poor contact, then have them hit balls off […]

There isn't one!

Posted on: 22 Jul 2020

Tour players are physical freaks with great flexibility in ways the normal golfer can’t match, and core strength that most golfers don’t compare too. As a teacher I would say look at anyone of them from a purely face on view, find one with a similar grip to yours, and copy their impact position. Look […]

No one answer

Posted on: 12 Mar 2020

These players come with a wide variety of challenges. We must be prepared with ideas for each different issue. Not unlike players without adaptive needs we must assess them and work with their strengths. I was teaching a gentleman with CP a few years back. When he used both hands to grip the club he […]

TPI assessments along with a number of things we used in my Nicklaus/Flick Golf School days.

Posted on: 07 Nov 2019

I use TPI assessments along with a number of things we used in my Nicklaus/Flick Golf School days.

V1 & CoachNow

Posted on: 10 Oct 2019

I’ve used V1 for 25 years and it is still the best complete platform. I use coach now for a golf team I help and like it.

Whispering Pines in Trinity Texas.

Posted on: 18 Jul 2019

Whispering Pines in Trinity Texas. The par three course is a great kicker to an awesome experience.

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