Dale Gray Hank Haney Certified Instructor
A native of Sydney, Australia, Dale started his PGA Apprenticeship at Kogarah Golf Club in Sydney. His desire to teach and train with the best led him to Hank Haney, one of the premier teachers in the game of golf and former coach to Tiger Woods. Dale studied under Hank for more than 10 years during which he began to incorporate his own teaching style into the strong foundation from Hank.
In 2006, Dale joined the teaching staff at Chelsea Piers Golf Academy in Manhattan and was named Director of Instruction for the Academy in 2008. During his 8 years at Chelsea Piers, Dale grew the instruction program and built a successful Junior Program, which survives today with focused instruction for young adults, who want to play at a competitive, college and professional level.
Throughout his 21 year career, Dale has steadily built a reputation as a versatile instructor to both men and women students at all levels, from pure beginners to club players to NCAA college players to touring professionals. Notable past students include:
- David Frost, eleven-time PGA Tour winner
- Robert Allenby, two-time Australian Open Champion
- Tim Clark, Players’ Championship winner & two-time South African Open Champion
- Mario Batali, internationally acclaimed chef and student on The Haney Project (2012)
- Carlos Ortiz, PGA Tour player and three-time Web.com tour winner
Dale has always believed golf is a game for everyone to enjoy and a game that everyone can improve at. His teaching philosophy is based on analyzing ball flight and club impact as it relates to the swing plane and body pivot. He looks at four components of the swing:
- Shot trajectory
- Ball curvature
- Contact point on the club face
- Impact with the ground
One or more of these areas will stand out, allowing him to know the direction to take to improve the student’s swing. The end goal is to improve the student’s ball flight and impact by swinging the club on the correct swing plane. Using the proper setup and grip, and swinging the club along the swing plane established at address, will enable any player to hit straighter, more consistent golf shots.
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