Brooklyn, NY

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SAM delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2002

My mission: To nurture the game of Golf by coaching people towards their personal goals, swing development, maximum potential, and pure love of the sport through the PGA Experience of excellence and FUN.

Level 1 PGA apprentice at Dyker Beach Golf Club. I'm a golfer / athlete who gets along really well with a wide variety of human beings. I'm also an excellent communicator so conveying advice and drills to my students can be really fun and enhance your abilities. Golf is a simple game that takes a lot of mental focus and understanding. Explaining the game in a way you can understand makes me happy as a teacher. Seeing you shave strokes off your rounds using the ideas we talk about and drills we do during lessons makes me a proud instructor.

Geographically, I serve Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, parts of Long Island within reason, and Staten Island, the Bronx and NJ for an extra gas and toll fee. Be sure to mention where you need the lessons in your request or else requests will be passed.

My lesson plans are specialized. First we will analyze your personal game and extract what exact issues you need working on the most. Based on your needs and goals, we will do various drills interspersed with tips and corrections to your swing and approach. The curriculum we cover is based on the PGA Experience for the fundamentals of golf. The lessons are built around improving all areas of your game with focused attention to your weaknesses. Whether it's distance off the tee, accuracy on approaches or better putts around the green, I can help with specific work to make you better based on your unique needs.

You have the option of working on specific parts of your game with me such as putting, chipping, sand shots or driving. Locations could be at the driving range, at the practice greens or elsewhere. Another option would be to play an entire round with me as your caddie and swing coach. This option would be the most in depth and lead to the greatest improvement in your game. In this scenario I will ride along and take shots with you analyzing what you need to think about and plan for in order to execute the correct shot given the circumstances.

For pure beginers, ask about my 4 week intro to golf half hour specials.

I will be available to you day and night via email, phone or text in order to make sure you are doing the right things off the course so your improvements remain in tact over the span of our lessons.

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Assistant Professional (PGA Apprentice Level 1)
Jul 2015 - Present
Dyker Beach Golf Club

Assistant Professional - swing instructor - B-6 head instructor - Dyker Beach GC, Brooklyn, NY


Global and International Studies
Sep 2000 - Jan 2004
High School Golf Team - Brookline Warriors
Sep 1996 - May 2000
Brookline HIgh School


Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


PGA Associate
Mar 2018
The PGA of America

Level 1 PGA Associate (Apprentice)

Qualifying Test
Jul 2017

I've passed the PAT and tested into my Level 1 PGA Associate status... I am now completing level 1 with projected Level 2 status by 2019.


Mar 2018
Sam DeFran


PGA of America
Mar 2018

Founded in 1916, The PGA of America is the largest working sports organization in the world, comprised of more than 27,000 dedicated men and women promoting the game of golf to everyone, everywhere.

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off season indoor chipping
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1 of many more to come! What do we do during the winter?!?
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6 Reviews

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Christian Sep 23, 2015
Golf · In studio

Ive played golf unsucessfully for years and decided I wanted a lesson. I was always too nervous about playing in front of a golf instructor to try my hand at a lesson. But I finally decided to try one, and Im very happy I did. Sam couldn't have been more friendly, helpful, encouraging and confident in his efforts to improve my game.

I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to improve. Sam is a very good golfer. He also has a wonderful perspective about the game. I look forward to continuing my lessons with him.

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Avi B. Aug 10, 2015
Golf · In studio

First golf lesson ever and I could not have picked a better instructor!
(and I would not want any other instructor)

Sam was professional, personable and very knowledgeable about the game itself, as well as the simple things, we don’t think about, to better your game.

He was extremely supportive, even though I messed quite often. His words and attitude were helpful as well as positive and supportive.

I would not hesitate booking another session(s) with him in the future.

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John Jul 27, 2015
Golf · In studio

I couldn't have found a better golf instructor than Sam. He's keen at identifying his students' strengths and works patiently and incisively to address and improve problem areas. He's clearly passionate about golf and is well-equipped to help any student sharpen their technique and in doing so, have more fun. Highly recommended!

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Ali Jul 15, 2015
Golf · In studio

Sam is knowledgeable, professional, and most of all, patient. He really helped me get to the next level. Thanks!

Seth Jul 15, 2015
Golf ·

Sam is a natural at diagnosing the flaws in your game and helping you understand how to get better. He's patient, has an upbeat attitude, and makes the game fun.

Jonathan Goldstein Jul 11, 2015
Golf · In studio

Great lessons so far - looking forward to continuing on.

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