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DAVE  BAYKO  PGA member and Teaching Professional with over 30 years of teaching experience located in Charlotte, 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 where he is actively coaching now.  Dave Bayko has also been serving 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.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Dave's teaching 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, 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 "