• Welcome to Golf Instruction
    with John Rogers

    John Rogers started at Lakeview Golf Club (Harrisonburg, Virginia) as an Assistant Professional in 1995. He began teaching in 1996, and became a full-time Teaching Professional in 2001, building a base of clients in the Shenandoah Valley.

    In 2007 he launched this website as a source of information about instruction and golf programs at Lakeview Golf Club. In 2009 John became the Director of Instruction at Lakeview and expanded his online presence. A "Tip Sheet" with helpful hints and drills was added in 2011. The following year John became the Women's Head Coach at Bridgewater College, a new program that made it into the Top-20 nationally by 2015.

    This website, the affiliated social media, and the time he spends daily with clients at Lakeview are all dedicated to everyone who loves the game of golf.

  • Instruction

    Most people play golf for enjoyment; and they get more enjoyment when they develop consistency — the ability to hit the kind of shots they like (and shoot scores they like) more often. Therefore, my goal as an instructor is to help people enjoy golf more by helping them find consistency in their skills. The way to achieve consistency is to develop skills that are simple enough to be repeated.

    Learn more about my approach to golf instruction.

  • Junior Resource Center

    As participation in my junior programs has grown, and more talented juniors have emerged, I have been pushed to become a better teaching professional. I am in a unique position not just to share techniques for playing golf, but to guide motivated juniors through the process of entering competition, becoming ranked, and working toward their goals, including the possibility of playing in college or beyond.

    Learn more about my approach to developing young golfers.

    • Frame the Body for a More Efficient Golf Swing

      Max Alexander writes in a construction magazine, “A frame is the skeleton of a house. If the frame is strong, it provides the necessary support for everything that follows. But if it’s weak, no amount of expensive finishes will hide the flaws.” This is also a great description of the role posture plays at address Read more →

    • Earn the Release

      Golf comes with a strange language, starting with its name. Unlike sports with simple names like football, basketball, and baseball, our pastime sounds more like a dog spitting up a fur ball. I guess obvious names like “stickball” and “torture” were already taken when those bored and masochistic Scottish shepherds started chasing rocks across the links. Read more →

    • Tip #4 Be Aware of Short-Game “Black Marks”

      The short game is crucial when it comes to scoring well in golf. We all know this. We’re told from the days when we first play how it all comes down to putting and chipping, and most of us know how it feels to get beat like a drum by some 80-year old father-in-law who can only hit the ball 150 yards from the tee, but who chips and putts like he sold his soul to the devil. Read more →

    • Tip #3 The Simple Pitch

      The pitch is often the shot that the average golfer struggles with the most. It is also the shot that allows low-handicappers and pros to separate themselves from the field. In other words, the pitch is a shot that has the potential to make every golfer better. Read more →