Kirk Baker

North Carolina,United States

Level 1 Instructor

VIEWS

1949

Additional Information


Location
Wilmington, North Carolina

Website
www.carolinacoastalgolfinstruction.com

Handicap
1.2

Rate
$80

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About

Hello and thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better.  I was born and raised in Sanford, North Carolina and once I was old enough to understand what golf was, I was completely hooked.  I learned to play golf in my grandfather's back yard at age 5 with a cut down MacGregor pitching wedge, a few old golf balls, and pine trees for targets.  While playing high school golf I began working at the local municipal golf course and knew from those experiences that I wanted to make golf my full time career.  From 2002-2006 I attended Methodist University, and graduated with a major in Business Administration and a concentration in Professional Golf Management.

After graduation, I worked 2 years at Doral Golf Resort and Spa as a Golf Professional.  In May of 2008, I accepted the position of Head Golf Professional at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes where I truly developed my passion for teaching the game of golf.  I was exposed to many different types of golfers;  beginners, high school teams, businessmen who played once or twice a year, mainstream celebrities, professional athletes, which includes PGA Tour players, and more.  My favorite students were the club members.  It was a privilege to instruct these dedicated golfers who made progress in their game through both my instruction and their practice.

As my instruction demand increased, so did my passion for teaching.  Wanting to grow my knowledge of the golf swing and give my students the best instruction possible,  I began to observe other golf instructors, read a variety of golf instruction manuals, and discussed different teaching methods with fellow golf professionals.  It became clear quickly that there were lots of quick swing fixes and opinions about the golf swing.  It also became clear quickly that few golf instructors agreed upon basic facts or consistent fundamentals to address common problems in the golf swing.  

I was introduced to Chuck Quinton and The Rotary Swing in 2013 when he partnered with The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando and began teaching there full time.  In 2014, I had the opportunity to watch Chuck and Chris Tyler teach a weekend seminar to a group of Rotary Swing students, and was blown away by their golf knowledge and ability to teach swing fundamentals and facts.  In the following days and weeks I watched them teach numerous golf lessons and discuss the golf swing in a way I had never observed before.  They were the first instructors I had seen who identified their teaching fundamentals, had a step by step process to gain results, and had the research to backup every ounce of what they were saying.  This focused approach to improving a golf swing was exactly what I was looking for as an instructor.

In May of 2015, my wife and I returned to North Carolina to be closer to our families.  I completed the RST certification process and now have the great opportunity to teach the game of golf full time.  I look forward to sharing my passion for the golf swing with you and help your golf game reach new heights.  Please feel free to contact me to schedule your lesson today.