Brad Clayton is a PGA of America Master Professional in Teaching, with over 28 years of teaching experience. A seasoned professional who has dedicated his life to improving his golf skills and those of his students.

Brad teaches golf in Beaufort /Hilton Head South Carolina, his home town of Oxford, North Carolina out of The Golf Zone, in Raleigh, North Carolina at Wil-Mar Golf Club, and in Durham, North Carolina at Umstead Pines Country Club. Brad will also travel to or with you.

Brad takes the results his students achieve personally, feeling their highs and lows and has a genuine interest in their success. His unique approach to improving his students’ golf scores is basic yet elegant. He uses a set of sequential one-hour weekly lessons to teach his students. The students are not overwhelmed with too much information in any one lesson. Practicing the skills is the student’s responsibility. You learn that you get out of the instruction what you put into the practice over time. It’s all about putting the pieces of the puzzle together and migrating to a more efficient swing and game through a proven method.

In May of 2000, Brad lost his right hand in an accident. As a result, he now knows more about how to adapt the basic fundamentals of the game of golf. He also stresses the importance of the mental side of the game and how a positive outlook can improve not only your golf game but your life.

Brad Clayton is classified as a PGA of America Master Professional in Teaching. He teaches in Beaufort/Hilton Head South Carolina, The Golf Zone Learning Center in Oxford, North Carolina, Wil-Mar Golf Club in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Umstead Pines Country Club in Durham, North Carolina. With over twenty eight years of teaching experience, he has instructed in Germany, Austria, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Picture for websiteHis playing career led him to compete with moderate success throughout the United States, Europe, and in Canada. After the birth of his first child, Nickolas, and later his second, Winona, he decided that being on the road was not quite what it once was. As a result, he decided to dedicate his time to his family, helping others improve their golf games, and to the pursuit of becoming the most efficient teacher possible.
Brad strives each day to improve himself as a teacher, through constant reading, writing, video viewing, swing analyzing, seminars, and peer interaction, realizing long ago that one can not ever know it all and there is always something new to learn. He takes the results his students achieve personally, feeling their highs and lows and has a genuine interest in their success.

Throughout Brad’s career, he has had the great fortune of learning directly from some of the games great golf professionals: Al Nelson, Naples Florida; Wimpy Caldwell, deceased; Ed Ibarguen, Durham, North Carolina; Volker Knornsheld, Tegernsee, Germany; David Leadbetter, Orlando Florida; Bill Lytton, Pinehurst, North Carolina; Bill Strausbaugh, deceased, and Dick Tiddy, deceased. There have been many others, professional and amateur alike, who have influenced him throughout the years. To name them all would almost be impossible, but he is forever grateful for the time with each person.

Brad has four components he goes by to help students become the best they can be. They are: swing mechanics, the mental side of the game {including course management}, physical abilities and limitations, and the equipment used. When any of the four components is lacking, a person can not reach his/her optimal performance level.

Brads’ swing model and philosophy revolve around the simplicity of basic fundamentals and adapting them to each individual student’s physical abilities and mental desires. Learning to efficiently and consistently set up to the ball, understanding how the word balance applies in many ways to a golf swing and the game, understanding cause and effect, and understanding why the ball does what it does are the basis of Brads’ model and philosophy. Hitting solid, straight, and long golf shots is not as difficult as most people make it. He says, “Once a person understands a few simple ideas they are amazed at what they are capable of.”

Hence two of his favorite quotes:

The average golfer’s problem is not so much a lack of ability as it is a lack of knowledge about what he should be doing. – Ben Hogan

If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got. – Verne Hill

Personal Mission:

  • To keep getting better and better at communicating my thoughts in a simple and understandable manner.
  • To learn something new and improve my teaching knowledge every day so that tomorrow I am a better person and teacher than I am today!
  • To help my students improve quickly with long lasting results and exceed their expectations!
  • To continuously create effective vehicles to help my students reach higher levels of performance!
  • To help someone get excited about playing golf and getting better; make them smile, because they have more understanding, direction, motivation, and hope!
  • To help people understand the importance of practicing properly and the role practicing plays in improvement!
  • To promote the importance of playing golf with proper etiquette, by the rules, and setting higher standards for both!