Photo: Golf Studio owners from left, Kyley Tetley and Craig Walker.
By Ken MacLeod
Through the wonders of TrackMan launch monitors and Foresight simulators, PGA professional Kyley Tetley could, if he chose, overload a student with a blizzard of numbers relating to clubhead speed, ball speed, launch angles, stroke path, ball flight and much, much more.
That’s not the way the 44-year-old veteran instructor relates to his students at The Golf Studio, his indoor teaching facility that opened at 128th and Memorial Road in Bixby last spring.
“I like to keep it simple,” Tetley said. “All the technology and video is very helpful, but it’s still a game of fundamentals.”
Tetley was an assistant at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow with a big emphasis on teaching, and then an instructor at GolfTEC in Tulsa for the past three years. With some changes in management at GolfTEC, he began talking with Craig Walker, the former head professional at The Golf Club of Oklahoma from 2000 to 2012, about helping him launch his own facility.
Walker was the primary investor and does some teaching at the studio while Tetley teaches there full time. In addition to the teaching bay, the 1,000-square foot studio also has an office and a putting area around which hang a variety of shafts and a full menu of Taylormade irons. Tetley is an authorized custom fitter for Taylormade and a big believer in the products.
He is also a long hitter whose own game has shown continual improvement over the years, culminating in his victory this summer in the PGA South Central Section Match Play Championship, his first victory in a major section event.
Walker said it’s important that students know their instructor can play a bit as well.
“Some people say you don’t have to be a good player to teach, but it’s like a math tutor,” Walker said. “Would you hire someone to teach your kid math if he told you two and two was five?”
Tetley has a clientele of students who followed him from Cedar Ridge and/or GolfTEC, but is also open for new business. To contact him, go to www.thegolfstudiook.com, call 918-232-6564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Walker can be reached at 918-407-5212 or at email@example.com.
The beauty of indoor teaching today is you can learn while having fun. The Foresight simulator offers nine golf courses on which golfers can play while working on shots or taking lessons, including Torrey Pines, Quail Hollow and Congressional.
The statistics captured often go to reinforce a message Tetley is hammering home, while the video tends to confirm things for students who didn’t believe they were coming over the top or suffering from an equally common swing flaw. When the machine reveals your club face is open and the swing path is out to in, that helps explain why the ball consistently starts left and veers right. Even the hard-headed tend to agree when presented with a mountain of evidence and it becomes easier to make the changes needed to improve.