The PING Learning Center features two award-winning instructors on staff to help you with your golf game.Scott and Matt each possess a keen insight into the mechanics of ball striking, putting, short game, mental toughness and physical conditioning. Lessons are scheduled by contacting staff members directly. For more insight on each of these world-class coaches follow the links provided to visit their personal web pages.
Scott L. Watkins
Former ASU College All American Joins ASU Karsten Learning Center
Scott has been in the golf business for 31 years in various facets, ranging from the PGA TOUR, Tournament Coordinator, Manager, General Manager/Director of Golf and Director of Golf Instruction.
After graduating with a General Business degree from Arizona State University, his career started as a four year member of the PGA Tour. He then moved on to develop his management skills as the Tournament Coordinator and Assistant Manager at Marriott’s Camelback Golf Club. Scott was part of the start up team as General Manager/Director of Golf at Tatum Ranch Golf Club when it opened in 1987. Under his Management, Tatum Ranch received the Prestigious Top 100 Golf Shops award. Scott changed directions within the golf industry to his current occupation as a golf instructor. Over the past 21 years he has held Director of Instruction positions at Camelback Golf Club, Sunridge Canyon, The Phoenician Resort, Arizona Country Club and today instructs at ASU Karsten Golf Course.
Scott’s easy going teaching style makes it easy and fun to learn the fundamental principles of playing golf. He can teach you how to improve every aspect of your game from putting and the short game, to the full swing and show you how to practice using simple drills that speed up the learning process. His students range from beginners to Professionals so what ever level your are currently, Scott can help you. Scott’s students have become Champions at every level, Junior, High School, Collegiate, Amateur and Professional.
At each level of his career, Scott’s achievements have been recognized with awards such as:
- Co-Pac 10 player of the year
- First and Second Team College All American while attending Arizona State University
- As Director of golf At Tatum Ranch Golf Club, the club received Golf Shop Operations’ Top 100 Golf Shops award.
- Scott has received the Southwest Section’s Section Player of the Year and the Section Teacher of the Year awards
- He has been nominated five times for Golf Magazines Top 100 Golf Instructors.
- He has been ranked 9th, 12th and 11th as Best Instructor in Arizona by Golf Digest in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.
- As a playing Professional, Scott was a member of the PGA TOUR for four years.
- He has won the Southwest Section Championship four times and the Arizona Open.
Scott can be reached through his website at ScottWatkinsGolf.com, or you may call him at 602-330-4217 to arrange your instructional program.
Considered one of the “Best teachers in State” by his peers as listed in Golf Digest Magazine, Matt brings over 20 years of instruction experience to his students. As an instructor at the ASU/Karsten Golf Course over the last 18 years Matt has worked on cooperative efforts with the Arizona State University’s nationally ranked golf programs. Matt is currently the “Volunteer Coach” for both the Men’s and Women’s golf teams. Matt is a member of the PGA of America in good standing. As a consultant to Titleist , Matt worked on the development of their original club fitting program and design. Matt also worked for 7 years at the Jack Nicklaus designed Desert Highlands golf club in Scottsdale.
Matt’s clientele includes stand-out high-school golfers, college golfers, mini-tour players, and local scratch amateurs. However, beginners are a strong part of his student base. A significant percentage of his students are female golfers. Knowledge, clarity of communication, patience and success rate are key reasons for Matt’s success as a golf instructor.
“Matt and I both started working at ASU in 1992. There is no substitute for time when it comes to gaining experience. Matt is a student of the game and constantly is learning how to be a better instructor. I consider Matt one of the best already. His communication skills are excellent and his understanding of the mechanics of the swing are exceptional. I would strongly recommend Matt to any golfer at any level.”
—Randy Lein, former ASU Men’s Golf Coach
Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals……Let me show you what good players do. Let me show you what you are doing with use of video recording and playback. Then, let’s put a practice routine together that will help you transition faster to a more productive set of mechanics. I want my students to know what to practice, how to practice, but most importantly WHY good players do what they do. When you leave a lesson with me you will understand how the practice will improve your game.