Anthony Fiorenza - Terrace Park Country Club
My name is Anthony Fiorenza, and I am currently an Assistant Golf Professional at Terrace Park Country Club in Milford, OH. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University’s PGM program in 2017, and obtained my PGA Class A Membership status in April 2018. In addition, I graduated with a minor in Coaching. I have a passion for teaching, and want to help every golfer play the best golf they can.
How old were you when you got started in golf and what eventually pulled you into becoming a golf professional?
I was introduced to golf by my father, and started to swing a golf club when I was about two years old. Originally I wanted to be a pilot, but after being away from golf for two years, I decided I needed a career change. I have had the pleasure of working at several well known courses as both a golf professional & intern, learning from some of the best PGA golf professionals in the game.
How do you stay current with the latest developments in teaching methods?
I am constantly reading and watching videos from well known teaching professionals. Whether it’s watching School of Golf with Martin Hall, or Me & My Golf with Andy Proudman & Piers Ward among many others, I am always looking for new drills that may help my students. I believe this is one of the most important things in becoming a successful teaching professional. Not all golfers learn the same way or have the same issue with their swings. You constantly have to learn new things to help your students succeed.
Do you specialize in teaching any facets of the game?
I do not necessarily specialize in teaching one particular part of the game. I believe where I am at in my career, I need to be able to teach all areas of the game to my students. Even if it is teaching just the basics, I feel I need to cover all areas. If I had to pick one area that I am better at teaching, it would be off the tee. That’s usually always been the strongest part of my game, so that’s the part I have seen the most improvement with my students.
What sets you apart from other golf professionals?
I would say the one thing that sets me apart is the desire to constantly improve, especially when it comes to teaching. Even though I am a younger golf professional, I always want to get better and be the best golf professional I can. I always want to learn new things from the best professionals in any way I can.
Any advice for someone considering pursuing a career as a golf teaching professional?
The biggest piece of advice I can give to anyone who will be teaching golf is to constantly learn new methods and drills to help teach students. All golfers learn differently and have different issues with their games than others. It is important that everyone can understand the basics, but being able to help each student fix what is wrong with their game specifically is going to help you stand out. I believe it is also important to try and shadow other professionals as much as you can and learn what methods they have used to help them succeed.