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John Stahlschmidt is excited to join the excellent team of instructors at the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump Doral in Miami Florida.

John has a rich and illustrious golf background both as a player and golf instructor. A native of St. Louis, MO, John played collegiately at the University of Alabama, where he was a four-year letterman and captain of the 1998 squad. After a short professional playing career on the mini-tours, John turned his attention to teaching. 


From 2000 to present, John has taught at some of the best facilities in the country including TPC Scottsdale and TPC Sawgrass. John has also trained under Hank Haney and the late Jim Flick.  John has given over 15,000 lessons and is dedicated to one simple mission- “Help You Improve!”








  • Senior Elite Instructor- Rick Smith Golf Performance Center​

  • Golf Digest “Best in State” recipient

  • Golf Tips Magazine - “Top 30 Instructor”  recipient

  • 2015 PGA TOUR Experiences “Employee of the Year”

  • 2013 TOURAcademy “Instructor of the Year”

  • PGA Member since 2008

  • Director of Instructor JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club 2016-2018

  • Director of Operations and Master Instructor TOURAcademy TPC Sawgrass 2014-2016

  • Director of Operations for TOURAcademy brand 2014-2016

  • Senior Head Instructor at TOURAcademy TPC Scottsdale  2007-2014

  • 2 -time all Southeastern Conference academic honor role

  • 1991 Missouri State Junior Champion

  • US Amateur and US Junior Amateur participant




I have yet to hear anyone tell me that they are too good and don’t want to improve.  The fact is everyone wants to get better but generally go about it incorrectly.  My teaching philosophy has a proven track record of success which consists of the following steps.



Initial Interview


This is the part in which we get to know each other and discuss goals and aspirations.  What is it that you would like to accomplish---better ball striking, a longer drive, fewer 3 putts?  Open communication during the initial interview is crucial in shaping the game plan.



Data Capture

The data capturing phase incorporates the industry leading technology to administer the correct diagnosis.             



Establish and Execute Game Plan

Based off the initial interview and data capture, we can now establish the game plan. During the execution phase, it is very important to not only know what to practice, but how to practice it. I will help establish structured practice plans and teach you how to practice properly.



Evaluate Results


Ultimately the goal is to see results and lasting improvement occurs over the course of time. The evaluation phase allows us to either continue on the path we are currently on or slightly alter the game plan in order to achieve the desired results.

There are 4 “PILLARS” that exist in order to play better golf--Better Technique, Club Fitting, Physical Fitness and Mental Conditioning.  In my opinion, these pillars are the foundation to lasting improvement. Every lesson plan will focus on one or more of these.  Together we will establish a “process” on what to do and how to do it so you can play better golf.  

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