DAVE BAYKO PGA member and Teaching Professional with over 30 years of teaching
experience is currently teaching at The Golf Depot in Pineville, NC. He has studied under several very experienced
teachers of the game. Three of his mentors were listed as Top 100 Teachers of the game. He worked 4 years under
Craig Harmon, gaining valuable knowledge of the swing while working at Oak Hill CC. in Rochester, NY. The others were
Bill Harmon, Bob Toski and the late Dick Aultman, co-founder of the Golf Digest Schools nationwide. Having worked
under Mr. Aultman for 3 years, he gained further knowledge of the golf swing. Dave has been teaching the golf swing
in Charlotte over the past 25 years.
Dave was nominated for the Carolinas PGA Section. "Teacher of the Year"
in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, and nominated for Junior Golf Leader in 2008. He is an accomplished player, and qualified
for the 1992 Ben Hogan Tour , Dave has also won 3 Carolina PGA section events. He is a strong promoter of all junior
golf activities both locally and section wide. Coach Dave Bayko continues to lead and instruct local golf teams and
private individuals. He founded and coached the golf teams at both Piedmont Middle School and Porter Ridge Middle
School and is actively coaching now for Trinity Prep High school. Dave Bayko has also served as the first assistant
golf coach for both the Men's and Women's golf teams at Wingate University, finishing his fourth season.
He has had great success by helping the Wingate University's Womens golf team to their first Conference Championship
during his first season in 2007 and most recently part of their success of reaching Regionals in the same year in Orlando,Florida.
The trip to Regionals was the first time for them in the schools history.
philosophy first and foremost is to communicate the basic fundamentals of the golf swing in as simple a manner to accelerate
the learning process. By giving accurate and pertinent information that is specific to each student's swing and ability level
helps to improve the learning progress. His experience has shown that you must work with each student's athletic ability
and teach them the basic fundamentals of the swing. Grip, stance, posture, balance, understanding the position of the
clubface and also the path of the club at impact,and alignment are some of the basics I stress. Reinforcing the student's
progress through the use of drills creates long term habits that will improve the basic swing. Teaching students
how to practice properly is key to creating good swing habits. Always practice with a goal in mind to get the most
out of each session.
"Make Every Swing Your Best Swing "