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Marie-Claire De Bortoli

Port St. Lucie, FL

The Trident golf course

Teaching is COMMUNICATION and even more LISTENING: it can be for beginners, intermediates or event advanced players.

Keeping it simple is key 'less is more' and 'less movement, less mistakes'.

It's important to have a good environment, relationship and respect for your student.

Don't tell your students what to do, you have to explain the why, show them and encourage them.

Before each lesson you have to ask for the physical problem, warming up (adapted for each student) and GOAL for the lesson and stay with the goal if it is measurable.

Each person is unique and you have to adapt your teaching for each of them:

The mind collects information in it's own way.

Flexibility is necessary as it is different for men and women, if you are tall or short, physical restrictions and if it is a child or an adult.

Balance and body coordination is different for students who play another sport or have physical problems.

There is no 'ideal swing'. An expert teacher will find the most efficient way to adapt the changes with each student. With a lot of years of experience, teaching is not only looking at the swing but seeing the swing.

Marie-Claire De Bortoli
  • LPGA Master Professionnal 

  • LPGA National Teacher of the Year

  • LPGA 50 Top Teacher 2020

  • LPGA Master Professional

  • LPGA National Teacher of the Year 2005

  • LPGA Top 50 Teacher 2020

  • LPGA National Evaluator from 1996 to 2007

  • LPGA National Advisor from 1996 to 2007

  • 1998: Patti Benson gave me recognition of Outstanding Service and Contribution to the members of the LPGA South East Section

  • 2005 LPGA Southeast Section Teacher of the Year

  • LPGA National Teacher of the Year 2005

  • Received an honor from Mickey Wright to be the LPGA National Teacher of the Year

  • LPGA 50 top Teachers for Golf for Women Magazine, 2001-2004, 2006-2008

  • 50 Top Teachers for Golf Digest Magazine, 1997

  • LPGA Professionals Top-50 Best Teachers 2019-2020, 2020-202

Born and raised in France, I have spent my life teaching and coaching sports. I started to teach golf in Arizona in 1989 with Kerry Graham and Sandy Labauve with the LPGA girls program. I moved to Florida in 1994 and since then have worked as a golf professional for Club Med. Since the end of 2004, I created my own golf school company: International Golf Academy. My company has been hired by Club Med to provide the coaching and teaching to its international clientele with several different programs of 2 and 3 day clinics as well as private lessons, playing lessons and video lessons. During the weekends, I may travel with the Club Med Academy for different tournaments. I do a lot golf trips with my students going to Arizona, Canada and Brazil. I spent 3 years teaching at Troncoso, Brazil and enjoyed this country with a different culture. In 2010, I had an opportunity to be part of the new program at Club Med: Club Med Academy, the high performance juniors program. Our director, Greg Breunick is the pioneer and director of the IMG academies and our vision is growing a hot-bed of talent developing players. All juniors have 5 hours of golf training from Monday to Saturday with physical training and mind training with peak performance coach, Tim Kremer. We are working with trackman and Sam putt lab, Six months ago a new company, Reimagine Golf took over the Club Med Golf operation and I'm really happy to be the Director of Instruction with a wonderful team? Bob Baldassari PGA, Reimagine Golf founder, CEO, Randy Cavanaugh, Reimagine Golf CFO, Chuck Knebels, PGA Director of the Treasure Coast Golf Association, Leslie Guttenberg LPGA, Marc Guttenberg PGA, Jason Sedan and the LPGA T & CP organization gave me a great opportunity for success for 30 years doing what I like to do: TEACHING and COACHING.

To be French, Swiss and American is unique and helps to communicate with individuals all around the world.

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