For all that know him and even those who don’t, Brad Clayton is an awesome guy, great teacher/mentor, and true inspiration for everyone. He has dedicated thousands of hours  to soldiers, sailors, marines and especially special ops guys and combat wounded. If you can, drop him a note and let him know how appreciative we are for his service to our armed forces.  You are an amazing golf coach. I learned so much and feel better playing.


You truly are the man Brad and it’s people like you that make defending this country a pleasure.  Keep doing what you are doing, because you are making a difference!

Nothing but love!


Brad is the Best Teacher I have ever had!! Brad gave me lessons many years ago he taught me how to correct myself when I start to do things wrong. I am now 70 and still shoot in the 70’s thank you Brad for all your help!!!!!


Started golf lessons a couple years ago with Brad.  He keeps things super simple and works on the golf swing as one fluid motion.  I now understand when I hit a bad shot the most likely fault in my swing that caused it.  This has been a huge help out on the course.  I can’t recommend Brad enough.  Looking forward to warmer weather to continue the journey.


I recently had the pleasure of receiving golf instruction from Brad, an exceptional golf professional, and I must say that the experience exceeded my expectations in every way. From the moment I stepped onto the practice range to the final hole of our playing lesson, the expertise, guidance, and enthusiasm of Brad was simply outstanding.

First and foremost, the Brad’s knowledge of the game was extensive. He possesses a deep understanding of golf fundamentals, techniques, and strategies, which he communicated to me in a clear and concise manner. His ability to break down complex concepts into digestible pieces made the learning process both enjoyable and effective. I truly felt like I was being guided by an expert who was genuinely invested in my improvement.

Moreover, Brad’s passion for the game was contagious. His enthusiasm for golf was evident in every aspect of the lesson, from his energetic approach to his unwavering patience. He created a positive and supportive atmosphere that fostered a strong sense of motivation and confidence. His passion for helping students succeed was palpable, and it made the learning experience all the more rewarding.

The personalized attention I received throughout the instruction was another standout, Brad took the time to understand my specific goals, strengths, and areas for improvement. He tailored his teaching approach to suit my individual needs, offering insightful feedback and targeted drills to address my weaknesses. This personalized attention ensured that I made significant progress during our time together and left me feeling more equipped to tackle the challenges on the golf course.

What truly impressed me was the instructor’s ability to strike a perfect balance between professionalism and friendliness. He maintained a high level of professionalism while creating an environment that felt welcoming and comfortable. He was approachable, easy to communicate with, and had a knack for making the learning process enjoyable. It was evident that he genuinely cared about my growth as a golfer and went above and beyond to ensure I had a positive experience.

Lastly, Brad’s dedication to my improvement extended beyond the lesson itself. He provided me with resources, practice routines, and additional guidance to help me continue refining my skills even after our sessions concluded. His commitment to my long-term progress was truly commendable and left a lasting impression on me.

Overall, I cannot recommend Brad highly enough. His expertise, passion, personalized attention, and genuine care for his students makes him an exceptional choice for anyone seeking to improve their golf game. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced golfer looking to take your skills to the next level, Brad will undoubtedly provide you with a top-notch learning experience. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from such a talented professional and look forward to continuing my golf journey with his guidance.


Brad is a thorough, diligent and practical instructor. I benefited greatly from his swing mechanics and drills, but even more so, in learning about his philosophy. I highly suggest that anyone looking to learn, improve, or refine their game consider PuzzleDuck Golf.


Not only that Brad and PuzzleDuck are awesome, he is a great teacher of golf and an amazing mentor. He does so much for our Veterans and Wounded Veterans with golf clinics, golf outings and just being there to listen. Highly recommend PuzzleDuck! And oh yeah, Brad is a PGA of America Master Professional!


I am a 70-year-old man and have been playing golf for 40 years. I was stuck as a 20 handicap and couldn’t break the plateau I had been at for many years.  I was almost at the point of giving up the game rather than continuing at that level of play..  As a last-ditch effort, I decided on lessons, and I felt that a block of 4 lessons was what was needed to give the changes a chance.  Brad has the ability to simplify swing mechanics and is a great communicator. In the beginning, it felt like I had my shoes on the opposite feet, but I committed to putting the work in.  I completed last season with a consistent 5-stroke Improvement., and most rounds were greater than that.  I would highly recommend Brad and will continue to use him in my effort to get to 10, and then who knows.


I started to play golf well into my 60s and quickly learned I needed some help. Took lessons with Brad and he did a great job giving me a solid foundation to build from. A year later I can score in the low 80s using the mechanics Brad taught me. I’m definitely going back for more coaching from Brad.


Brad is unlike any other instructor I’ve come across over my 20 years playing the game and taking lessons from several other coaches. He’s  helped me more than any other coach I’ve ever worked with – in just two lessons he’s noticed things in my swing no one else has ever mentioned which are crucial to my end goals. He’s not only correctly assessed where I should focus, but done it in such a simple way that doesn’t over complicate the issue. Brad focuses on the root cause and addresses it first, rather than the approach of so many other instructors who unknowingly have the student work on things resulting from that root cause. I only wish I could have met him earlier in my golfing career which would have saved me the pain of swing thoughts about how to attack from the wrong angle (literally!) I’m convinced Brad can teach anyone how to play golf and can bet he’ll continue to surprise me as we work together further.


I learned and improved more from the six lessons I had with Brad than from the many more than six I’ve had throughout the years. His instruction is easy to understand and assimilate. Now I understand my swing, what goes right and what goes wrong, and can self-correct. My game, at age 70, is stronger than it was at 50. Plus Brad is pleasure to be with: amiable, funny, down-to-earth.


Phenomenal organization! I cannot say enough good things about PuzzleDuck Golf. Regularly go out of their way to help families and individuals in every aspect! Highly recommend!


Brad has a unique ability to work with any one at any level, his grasp on functionality and fundamentals of the game are extraordinary! I never thought I would be playing at the level I am now! Thank you so much Brad for all your help, I look forward to continuing my work with you!


Brad and PuzzleDuck never stop giving. He is a treasure and helps all comers.


Great instructor with a passion for supporting his students on and off the course.


He has been a great Big Brother to the Brotherhood!!


Brad is awesome


I have attended Brad’s clinic down on Ft Bragg at Stryker Golf Course. Brad teaches on a level that everyone can follow and brings a lot of knowledge to help anyone pick up and enjoy the game of golf. By attending the instruction I have seen vast improvement to my play. I am grateful to Brad, PuzzleDuck and the Brotherhood of Warriors for all they do with the Military. Anyone wishing to learn about golf or wanting to improve their game will definitely benefit spending time with Brad. Just can’t say enough good things about this man.


The time I’ve spent with Brad has been impactful beyond my golf game. As for my swing, I wish I’d met him 20 years ago. Highly recommend Puzzle Duck; working with him has been beyond the value of any clubs I’ve had.


Brad is amazing at simplifying the game and improving your score. He does a ton of work with veterans with disabilities and is always honest and professional. Highly recommend.


Brad is hands-down the most caring, knowledgeable and personable golf instructor I have ever had.  I can;t wait until my next lesson.  He specifically works with a lot of wounded warriors who have injuries that make golf a challenge, and Brad is uniquely suited for this!  A great man, you WILL get better at golf and have fun doing it!


Brad is an amazing instructor.  It is great for beginners and for those who have been playing for a long time, but suck.  If you are already a good player he spends more time with this crowd, while the rest of us are going through the basics.  Once we have gotten the basics down we move on to the next step, incorporating what we have been learning as we go.  He often stays back after the lesson is over for those who are still having problems.  Brad’s approach to fitting the pieces together to get your swing down is great. He is also a great conversationalist and a new friend to most if not all who know him.


Brad is great golf teacher. He understands your physical abilities and limitations and tailors your swing to what you can do, not what a 25 year old athletic professional golfer can do. Brad is very intuitive and provides simple and easy to repeat drills and swing keys from putting, chippitching, and full shots. If you want to be a better golfer, Brad Clayton at PuzzleDuck Golf is who you need to see.


Brad Clayton provides me with the most comprehensive golf instruction I have ever received.  His easy going attitude and down to earth style make learning or fixing your golf swing a joy.  He assisted me with all facets of my game and my scores have improved dramatically.  Best of all Brad is a great person, And an inspiration to others.


Do yourself a favor if you want to decrease your handicap and learn from one of the best teachers in the area.     Get in touch with Puzzleduck golf and Brad Clayton.     A great guy and great teacher !!!


The only bad part of my time with Brad was I couldn’t do lessons longer. He was an exceptional instructor and a really awesome person.


thanks again for a great clinic last week, it’s truly an honorable thing that you are doing for us and I can’t express enough gratitude for your service.  I’ve worked with several swing coaches in the past and it seemed that they were more focused on the technical side of the swing rather than the feel and honor of golf.  Your simple, common sense approach to the game is refreshing and mirrors what I have been saying for many years as what’s needed in the golf today.  Even when I coached junior golf, in a 4 week clinic, I spent 3 of 4 weeks on etiquette and only the last week on swing as I too feel that the honor and spirit of the game is what’s most important and must be preserved above all else.  In the end, the parents were grateful for this approach and the kids were better for it.

On a lighter side, I truly admire what you do and appreciate your drive and motivation.  To be honest, what you are doing is something I’ve longed to do for a very long time prior to getting hurt and hope to one day realize this desire.  I have a pretty good understanding of the golf swing and tend to be a better teacher than player; however, as you know, there’s more to molding someone’s golf swing than just a few pointers, you need actual training.  Perhaps one day, I’d like to seek your advice on the appropriate steps are to acquire this knowledge and apply those skills where they are most needed.

Thanks again for the clinics and the help with my own swing.  As I get healthier, I’m confident that your guidance will pave the way for me to return to form and be competitive once again. I look forward to our session on wednesday, please let me know if there’s anything I can do to assist you now or in the future.


your loyal golf addict,

Donald H

I’ve been playing golf for 20 years and was a pretty good player but wasn’t a consistent ball striker and I really didn’t know much about the game on a fundamental level. I didn’t really have an understanding of how the body is supposed to move in the golf swing. Back and through. Keep it simple. That’s exactly how Brad Clayton’s approach to teaching the game is. I’ve learned more about my swing in the little time I’ve spent with Brad then I did over those 20 years. Just wish I would have found him sooner!


Brad is the best teacher I have ever had. I’ve taken lessons on and off for years and never have I learned to hit a golf ball so well. I can’t speak highly enough about Brad and his demeanor, his patience in teaching, and his singular ability to keep drilling down the fundamentals until it ‘sinks in.’ He knows how to stay positive and understands where you are in your game as he brings you along to being able to control the swing. He uses video analysis as well as his keen eye for swing flaws to get you where you need to be to hit the ball more consistently. My handicap has fallen quickly under his instruction. Couldn’t recommend him highly enough.


Brad does a great job in explaining the basics of the golf swing with simple and easy methods and drills. He has an easy but strict approach in making sure you understand the basics. He constantly reviewed and dissected my progress during each lesson and explained the reason(s) why the shot was good or bad. He is passionate about the game and eager to see you do well. My game has improved significantly and I have no doubt who is to “blame.”


The best hands down. I’ve had many lessons before in the past but nothing like this. I wish I would have found Brad sooner I would have saved lots of headaches and frustration; not to mention wasted time and money. His methods are straightforward, easy and simple. There is nothing complicated about his methods. If you follow his instruction and do the drills you will see amazing results in as little as 6 weeks. I can’t thank Brad enough for what he’s done to my game. I highly recommend Brad to anyone looking to improve their game to a whole new level.


Whether you are a beginner or a scratch golfer, Brad Clayton can provide a Program to improve your game.  Additionally, Brad can help you with design and installation of your own residential green.

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Hey Brad:

Happy New Year:
I took advantage of the warm winter weather today and managed 7 holes before the rains came. I managed many excellent shots without too much arm swinging. I am beginning to believe you were right!!! looking forward to some additional good weather. It was the most enjoyable 7 holes I ever played

I‘m truly amazed on how much detail you are capable of seeing in golf, and how much it translated into the real world. you are truly a master of the game of golf and life. I can’t wait to get a copy of your book. Congratulations brother     Rafael

By the way, short game is getting much better since our last lesson and scoring much better overall.  I’m putting the way you taught me and it is getting so much better as well.
Best Regards,

Bill Pearson

Brad is a unique PGA Master Professional instructor. I have gone for golf lessons from Vermont to Fla. over the years and have never felt so relaxed with an instructor as I feel with Brad. He can communicate with a student in a way which removes the tension that I always have when I felt like the instructor was just putting up with me for an hour while checking the time to get to where he really wanted to be. Once that barrier is removed, real progress can be made. Its easy to see why he holds the highest PGA professional ranking for instructors.


Paul and I had a great morning on the golf course!

He played 5 holes (about 2 hours).  He started in the fairway as you suggested and got 2 bogies, 2 double bogies and a PAR!!!

He was so happy!!

He only had one flubber and several really great shots.

I served as cart driver, caddy and consultant. We both had a ball!

Thanks so much for your help and encouragement!


Hello Brad,

The lesson was great yesterday.  My mental picture is much much better of what I’m trying to do (and not trying to do).  I’ll be in touch soon on setting up the next lesson the week after next.

Best Regards,

John Cook

It’s going pretty good. I am having soreness in right elbow and knee.

I have shot some pretty good scores. I have won around 5 closest to the pins.

I really like what you taught me. Accuracy has improved and scores are coming.

Thanks, Jon

Hey Brad,

It is good to hear from you. My swing is starting to come around. I have practiced the grip down drill allot over the winter and weight transfer. I really enjoyed the lessons I took last year. I am hoping to take some follow up lessons. I do have a couple of friends interested in taking lessons. I will pass on your website information.

John H


Don’t know what this week will be like, but last week I had a 94, a 92 and an 89 at Henderson.  When I shot the 89, I birdied #3 and #15. Hit all my clubs pretty well and didn’t 3 putt but once. Had an 8 on #8 and still shot 89.  Lessons are paying off!



This is Jack Williams from Duke Golf Camp and I would just like to say thank you so much for helping me change my swing and teaching me so many new shots, such as the 9-7 iron shot out of the bunker. Turning my hips and moving my weight toward my front foot on my follow through helped me gain 15 extra yards on all my clubs and is making my accuracy better.

I just played in an AJGA event on Long Island and started off with 73, and 74 the first two days to put me in 15th place. Once again, thanks so much for all your help.

I hope to see you next year,

Jack Williams


First of all, you da man.  I hit balls today and did the drill we worked on yesterday and I struck the ball well.



I’ve been meaning to email you for a couple of weeks now to let you know how I have been playing. I’ve been trying to play twice a week and hit on the range atleast once a week depending on my school schedule. As of right now I am shooting 81-85 pretty consistantly with the occassional bump in the road. I have had a couple “records”for myself, 4 birdies in a round and shooting 38 on 9 holes so I feeling more confident in my game. It is still a work in progress but I am very please about the improvements I have made from the start of this summer until. (With your teaching lessons of course) Hope all is well your way, talk you to you later and take care.                Robert Bowen

Hey Brad!  I played for the first time yesterday. My swing was much better!! I think it is going to take awhile to put it all together on the course but I played much better. My putting was really good yesterday!!
Thanks for all your help, Mac

Hi Brad.  I heard you are seeing Mark Vignola next week.  I am Mark’s father.  We spent time together in mid-May.  I am writing to thank you for the help you gave me.  The two hours we spent together have helped my game trememndously.  Since spending time with you, I have consistenetl;y played better golf and shot my best round ever two weeks ago.  I nearly broke 80 on a course that I never shot less than 85 over many years.  I have moved my game from be happy breaking 90 to Pretty consistently shooting in the 80’s.  I do my drills every day and have learned to stand tall, come at the ball from the inside and “release” the club. I look forward to spending time with you again when I am in North Carolina.
Tony V

Bradley,  Thank you very much for working with me Tuesday afternoon. Incredible instruction, I am amazed at the golf swing you have taught me. I will keep flapping knowing that I will get there with your commitment and mine.
Thank You, Rick Hardison

Brad,  I just wanted to take the time and thank for the help and instructions you gave me at the Play Golf America Event at Parris Island’s golf course in SC.  I appreciate the time you took to spend with myself and everyone else that day.  You gave me advice on trying to keep my shoulders more level and not dip my front shoulder on the back swing.  I went and played the legends golf course on Parris island, on Monday and I shot my lowest score I have shot on the course.  I was shooting high 90s and sometimes in the low hundreds, I went and shot a 92, I’m still have to keep working on the advice you gave me and in no time I’m sure I’ll be in the 80s.  Thank you for taking the time to help me, I truly appreciate it and its really paying off in my golf swing.
Thanks, Greg Markley

Brad, Thanks so much for coming to Accessible Golf class at UNCW yesterday. I am still hearing positive comments from students. Your style of teaching is one they quickly relate to and find useful. Madison was particularly overjoyed at getting a lesson from you. I read the first part of your book and really liked it. It is the type of approach much needed in teaching golf. I can’t wait to read the whole book, keep plugging, and let me know if I can be of any assistance. Dan Dan Johnson PhD, LRT/CTRS  

Hello Brad.  I wanted to send you an e-mail to thank you for your help the week before my golf tournament.  I played in the Alamance County Amateur the first weekend in June.  As you know I took a lesson from you just one week prior to that.  I was a little concerned about getting a lesson so soon before the tournament but the things you showed me did not overwhelm me and I was able to use them to win the tournament.  I shot rounds of 68, 63 and 65 to win by four shots and set the tournament record by three strokes.  This was my first tournament in twelve plus years and I attribute my success to your instruction.  I look forward to working with you more in the future.  Please feel free to rewrite or use any part of this e-mail in your testimonials or anywhere else you would like for your website.  I look forward to your upcoming book and I hope to see you soon Thanks again,  Tim Clark

I’ve taken lessons from dozens of pros over the years and I’ve never seen any who match Brad in skill, patience and intuition. I’m a talent less hack with almost no athletic ability and Brad has worked wonders for me. Brad Clayton uses video analysis and feedback that makes me “feel” my errors, and he stands head and shoulders above ordinary golf pros. Donald K. Burleson Kittrell, NC

I want to thank you for all you have taught me this past year. I was barely breaking 100 when I first came to you. You have helped me tremendously. I am breaking 80 now and have even shot two rounds of 76 and one round of 75. Although my game does suffer when I don’t get what my Dad calls my “Brad fix”. You are an instructor of the highest quality with your students’ best interest at heart. I have enjoyed working with you and learning from you. I know the “love of the game” that you have taught me will stay with me for the rest of my life. THANK YOU BRAD. George

Just wanted to drop you a note. I just finished reading the article in Triangle Golf and wanted you to know you have a lot to be proud of. I had just finished playing (and not very well I would add) when I sat down to read this article. It made me feel a little better about myself and what I do. You are an inspiration and as a fellow PGA Member, I thank you for what you have done. Guys like you make the PGA look good. Thanks. Jon

Just wanted to say thanks for your help, and willingness to help. Hit a few balls today with that knuckle under the shaft and even though it obviously felt awkward and weak I did not hook any. I enjoyed meeting you, you’re a pretty inspirational guy Brad. Craig

Wishing you and yours and very healthy and prosperous new year. And thank you for patience, and expertise in the very fine way you teach. Best Regards Steve

Thanks, Brad.   I AM EXCITED! Have been practicing and could already tell a difference at the course. Can’t wait to learn more! Susan

I have played the best golf of my life after working with you, so you can guess how I feel about your ability to teach. The neatest thing about what I have learned is that I am able to fix things that go wrong as a rule. I think I shared with you my 69. I have had several 71’s and 72’s, which has me so excited about the game. Dave

Thank you so much for coming down to Wilmington yesterday and teaching my students. I had many of them pop their head in my door today and say good things. You are one of the most natural teachers I have gotten to watch on any subject. It was pleasure and a learning experience for me. Dan Johnson PhD LRT/CTRS

The lessons you give me improved my grip and my swing. I play with more confidence and I keep improving and learning all the time. I’ve meet my goal of shooting below 90 and even shot 80 once. The goal for next year is shooting par. I will be back for more lessons in 2006. Dave Brooks

Yesterday, I spent 1.5 hours on the range (5 grips-down swings to 1 normal), I noticed a very nice improvement in consistency! I hope this is a sign of more improvements to come. Regards, Donn