Learning From a Golf Pro: Sue Kaffenburgh, LPGA, PGA Top Teacher

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for a cup of java with Sue Kaffenburgh, New England PGA Teacher of the Year, 2000. She was very generous with her time and with sharing some of her great tips for playing the game of golf. (See previous post for how she cured my grip in one quick lesson.)

Sue has been teaching and coaching for over thirty years and is one of only a few who is both a PGA and an LPGA Member. Known as one of the best teachers in the country, Sue has been recognized for her unique approach to teaching, winning awards in the region and nationally. Sports Illustrated has called Sue “…one of the game’s Top Twenty Teachers.”

Sue’s philosophy is totally different from that of other instructors I have experienced. She writes in her brochure: “If you’re looking for the same old, same old… don’t come here.” And the head of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference concurs: “…our participants learned more from Sue Kaffenburgh in one session than they had from all other golf professionals in the past.”

Each session with Sue focuses on four main principles: consistency, drills, management and simplicity of thinking. She understands that, as she puts it, “memorized learning does NOT hold up on the golf course!” Her approach is to get the golf student to become an active participant in the learning process, not just someone who passively listens to instruction and tries to implement it.

Myth Buster: She believes in busting all the old myths we may have about how to play the game, how to hold the club, how to move and turn and swing. Her philosophy is to see the entire process as one of “cause and effect.” Like dominoes, each movement is part of the whole, and it is critical to see each component not as a separate entity but as part of an entire process. Every small adjustment, the first movement that begins the sequence, is as critical to the whole as the last.

She has a particular interest in teaching women the game of golf, and encourages all her students to ask questions and probe for understanding. “If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. Too many women take golf instruction and don’t fully understand why they are being asked to do a certain thing. My job is to be sure my student understands and participants in the learning process.”

Joanne Carner, LPGA Tour Player and Hall of Famer writes of Sue: “…I have never seen an instructor get such immediate results for her students. Her method of getting the clubhead to perfect impact immediately brought my distance back and gave me a feeling like ‘Days of Old’….”

Sue teaches at Bayberry Hills Golf Course in West Yarmouth, MA and is available for Trio Private Lessons, Semi-Private or Private Lessons. Click here for more information. And watch for the upcoming schedule of FREE clinics and lessons Sue will be conducting this spring.

  4 comments for “Learning From a Golf Pro: Sue Kaffenburgh, LPGA, PGA Top Teacher

  1. Brian Foley
    December 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I recently read your tip on how to add distance in the book,
    Real Golf.
    Your point to “let the left hand push the handle away first – ahead of the club head” was the Best golf tip I ever received.
    It’s so simple but it really works!
    E.M. Prain,Eddie Merrins and Ernest Jones have nothing on you.
    Thank you!! Merry Christmas, Brian

    • Pat Mullaly
      December 8, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Much appreciate your comment and I have passed it on to Sue. She’s a great teacher we are fortunate to have working here on Cape Cod. You should come and visit next season!

  2. Ray Anne Shrader
    December 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Sue,
    A voice from your past. I decided to google you and found that you have a very successful career. No surprise to me. I’d love to reconnect and catch up. Email me if you get a chance.
    Ray Anne

  3. Wendy Ustach
    April 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Hello Sue, Last year I had some success on the golf course. I attribute my success to your lessons. You really made me understand the “cause and effect “process on the golf course. I look forward to seeing you next week at Bayberry for my first lesson of the spring.

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