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V1 Pro Jeffrey Barton was recently recognized on the Golf Digest 2018-19 'Best Young Teachers in America' list. Read on to learn how he rose to the top.

Name: Jeffrey Barton

Current position: PGA Director of Instruction, Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas, Texas.

Education: University of Texas El Paso

Past teaching experience: In 2004 Jeffrey joined Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas as an assistant golf professional and was soon thereafter promoted to Head of Instruction. In 2012, Jeffrey joined Nike Golf’s Research and Development Facility (“The Oven”) in Fort Worth as a Tour Specialist. At The Oven he worked with more than 50 worldwide touring professionals and professional athletes with their equipment needs. This elite group included Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Nick Watney, Michael Jordan, and many others. In 2014, Barton returned to Preston Trail Golf Club as PGA Director of Instruction, where he leads the quality training, development, and fitting programs.

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Awards and recognition: Golf Digest’s Best Young Teacher, North Texas PGA Metro Chapter Teacher of the Year, North Texas PGA Section Teacher of the Year.

What are your thoughts on being selected as one of the Best Young Teacher's?

It’s an honor to be included on the list with some of the brightest young teachers in the country. The credibility of the honor adds value to my teaching credentials and is highly respected by my students.

What is your favorite lesson?

My favorite lesson is after a student has had some time to implement our plan, and we start to see changes in their motions and ball flight. It’s always great to be able to show them the before and after on V1. It helps validate what they are working on.

What is the biggest swing flaw you see in students?

The biggest swing flaw I see in students is what I call trying to move the club too straight. For those who pick up golf later in life this leads to the over the top move in the downswing and for those who pick the game up at a younger age will tend to send the club too in-to-out or to the right post impact.  

What is your favorite way to use the V1 Instruction Platform?

We have a 4-camera system in our Learning Center and I love using the overhead camera with students. First, most students have never seen their swing from this angle so they have no pre-conceived notions on what it should look like. I also love the fact from this angle players can see the arc and circle of the golf swing along with the pivot of the body. My second favorite tool is the ability to do voice-over notes and send them to the student after the lesson. Most students love this function of V1.

How can golfers get in touch with you?

http://www.jeffbartongolf.com/

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V1 Pro Justin Foster was recently recognized on the Golf Digest 2018-19 'Best Young Teachers in America' list. Read on to learn more about his journey to the top.

Name: Justin Foster

Current position: Head Golf Professional, Ridgewood Country Club, Connecticut

Education: Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, Professional Golf Management Program

Past Teaching Experience: Medinah Country Club, Glen View Club, Augusta National Golf Club, Doral Resort and Spa, Bull's Bridge Golf Club, Seminole Golf Club, Old Marsh Golf Club and the TPC at River's Bend.

Mentors: Jim McLean and Chuck Cook

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Awards and recognition: Golf Digest’s Best Young Teacher, U.S. Kids Top 50 Kids Teacher in America, Connecticut PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, Class A PGA Member and formerly, a Golf Channel Academy Instructor

What are your thoughts on being selected as one of America's Best Young Teachers?

It goes without saying that it has been a tremendous honor to be recognized by Golf Digest and to be included on a list that is littered with so many dedicated instructors. Receiving the honor was without a doubt one of the neatest experiences of my life.

What is your favorite lesson?

I really enjoy giving chipping and pitching lessons. There are so many adjustments one can make to produce different results with the golf ball, which really keeps it interesting and ever-changing. I feel my approach is a bit unique and the information that they will collect during the lesson typically deviates from their preconceived notions. It is always fun to surprise people with new sensations and results.

What is the biggest swing flaw you see in students?

To me, it seems the biggest difference between recreational golfers and professionals is the absence or presence of forward shaft lean at impact. This can be attributed to many different things but I think if I could summarize in one sentence, why most golfers aren’t hitting the ball better, it is because their hands aren’t in front of the ball when they strike it.

What is your favorite way to use the V1 Instruction Platform?

I like to compare a student’s rehearsal swing, practice range swing and playing swing. I find the differences are rather revealing and provide a basis for where the immediate opportunities are.

How can golfers get in touch with you?

https://justinfostergolf.com/

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At V1 Sports, we are passionate about helping golfers improve. We believe better teachers make better students which is why we are especially proud to recognize 11 V1 Pros who have been named Golf Digest 2018-19 ‘Best Young Teachers in America.’

The sixth biennial list of top teachers under the age of 40 can be found in the November 2018 issue of Golf Digest and online at Golfdigest.com. To determine the list, Golf Digest editors surveyed nominations from tour players, and reviewed previously recognized teachers and instructors on their state and national rankings. They also looked at accomplishments of the instructors, who they have learned from, their continuing education, and the methods they use to improve amateur golfers.

 

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The top V1 Pros, listed below, work in the country’s six regions as broken down by Golf Digest: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West. V1 Pros, Joe Compitello and Devan Bonebrake, were also selected among the group to provide “Tips From the Best Young Teachers In America.”

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  1. David Armitage – La Gorce Country Club, Miami Beach, FL
  2. A.J. Avoli – Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA
  3. Jeff Barton – Preston Trial Golf Club, Dallas, TX
  4. Devan Bonebrake – Southern California Golf Academy, Carlsbad, CA
  5. Joe Compitello – Plainfield Country Club, Edison, NJ
  6. Matt Denzer – Leadbetter Golf Academy at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  7. Justin Foster – Ridgewood Country Club, Danbury, CT
  8. Robbie Fritz – Greensboro Country Club, Greensboro, NC
  9. Ben Pellicani – Westhaven Golf Club, Franklin, TN
  10. Jake Thurm – Ruffled Feather Golf Club, Lemont, IL
  11. John Tillery – Cuscowilla Golf Club, Eatonton, GA

“We are very excited to have 11 V1 Pros recognized on this prestigious list,” Bryan Finnerty, CEO for V1, said.

“It has always been the mission of V1 Sports to invest in the future of golf by empowering instructors to become better teachers through our video instruction platform. This recognition by Golf Digest is testament to that commitment on both fronts.”

Congratulations to all of the instructors who made this year's list!

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A Golfer's Paradise

Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center is an upscale golf and event destination, nestled in the beautiful countryside of Plymouth, Michigan. Guests who arrive on the 500 acres of plush scenery soak in the splendor of all 63 holes of golf complete with breathtaking views. Fox Hills offers three pristine and diverse golf courses: The Golden Fox, Fox Classic, and the Strategic Fox. Fox Hills has been recognized as one of the top public golf courses and wedding destinations in Michigan, winning countless awards over the past 40 years.

State-of-the-Art Golf Academy

The 6,000 square foot Fox Hills Learning Center houses seven hitting bays that allow 10 PGA/LPGA professionals to teach golf instruction and assist with golf club fitting, all year long. Each bay is outfitted with a V1 Golf Studio System with dual high-frame-rate high-definition cameras and double big screen TVs for instant feedback. Additionally, the building has a putting studio, reception area, and multi-purpose room for educational purposes.

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Instruction for Everyone

Fox Hills Learning Center offers more than 50 instruction programs from beginner leagues to junior golf camps and women’s instructional leagues. “The Fox Hills is more than just a traditional golf training facility,” said Head of Instruction Jordan Young, PGA, “It’s a chance to be a part of the ongoing golf and personal development of young people and adults.”

Fox Hills also offers a unique Adult Team Training program where skills are learned and transferable to the course. The frequency and duration of this program are keys to reducing frustration and anxiety while playing. It also increases confidence level of the student, which allows them to have more fun while playing. Sessions are long-term development programs consisting of small groups with a student teacher at or below a 5 to 1 ration.

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V1 Sports is proud to partner with Fox Hills Learning Center to help golfers of all abilities improve and enjoy the game of golf.  Young sees V1 Sport’s impact daily,

“V1 provides instant visual feedback to the student. This helps speed up the learning process and provides video evidence of improvements for students.”

V1 has worked in tandem with Fox Hills to create an ideal platform for golfers of all abilities to grow as players.

For more great tips, ideas, and stories visit the V1 Sports Blog.