Meet our NEW Director of Instruction - Brian RogishNemacolin Golf Academy. Brian has dedicated his career to helping golfers play better and enjoy the game. Recently, Brian was recognized as "One of the Best Young Teachers in America," through his nomination for the Top 40 Teachers Under the Age of 40 List. Brian’s 360° approach is practical, focusing on the goals and needs of each golfer through customized instruction.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania but recently moved to Farmington, Pennsylvania from Cleveland, Ohio. I eat, sleep, and breathe the game of golf. During the times I’m not around the game, I love being outdoors, at a baseball game, fishing or spending time with friends and family and a new member, my dog, “Arnie” (yes, after Arnold Palmer).
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?I got into golf a little later in life than I think most of my Professional peers did. I started when I was 19 years old, which by comparison to the youth of today, is pretty late. I was into other sports growing up, mainly baseball and basketball. Like many golfers, it was my father who first introduced me to the game and I was instantly addicted. I honestly never really considered the idea of a career in golf until about a month before I graduated college, but at this point I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. It’s funny how life works itself out.
How would you classify your teaching style, and why do you think that it is best?
I would classify my teaching style as practical. I’m very goal oriented with my students and always try to help them work within their individual goals. Every person plays the game for a different reason and wants different things from the game. My approach is to help each person that comes to see me; accomplish their goals. I incorporate various technologies, like TrackMan, to make each golfer’s lesson experience more productive. I wouldn’t necessarily say that my style or approach is the best, it is just the method I have had the most success with helping students reach their goals. I consider myself a life-long student because I am constantly learning things from a number of great instructors I have been lucky enough to be around.
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
I think that the accomplishment I am most proud of is any time a student tells me about a career low round or a goal they have reached. I receive much more personal enjoyment from helping others enjoy the game more than I ever could from winning a tournament. I love to work with the frustrated golfer who is on the verge of abandoning the game because I know it is a chance for me to bring a lot of happiness back into that person’s life by helping them play better.
In your opinion, what is the most exciting new trend in golf instruction?
No question, it’s the evolution of technology. Technology like TrackMan has truly changed the face of golf instruction and that is only the surface. There is technology that exists now that can tell us things about a golfer’s swing that were physically impossible to see with our eyes and even video. It’s really an exciting time to be an instructor, because the technology continues to get better and better and that translates into better lessons for the student.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
That’s a great question. I don’t know that I actually have a favorite club. I’m not really attached to any one club in my bag, but I guess I should show a little more love for my putter considering what is has done for me in the past!
Dream golf foursome (living or dead)?
Tough to narrow that down to just 4, but I would say my parents because they taught me how to be me, and have done so much for me in my life, and then Arnold Palmer because he has arguably done more than any one person for career golf professionals. I’d just like to tell him, “Thanks.”
What is your favorite candy bar?
I’m not much of candy person. I would opt more for a Nature Valley bar.
What made you want to join the Nemacolin team?
Nemacolin offers such a unique combination of a Forbes Five-Star Resort that still knows how to smile and enjoy life. I felt that matched well with my personality and goals in life. The uniqueness of the property here is the truth to that. I don’t know of any places off the top of my head that have Forbes Five-Star lodging and dining, along with exotic animal habitats footsteps away.
You have been at Nemacolin for a few weeks now. Any “WOW” moment?
Without a doubt the “WOW” moment happened during my first week here. I was practicing at the Golf Academy around 8:00PM when I heard a loud rumbling. At first I didn’t pay much attention, but when I listened closer I realized it was the roaring of the lions! It was amazing to hear in person and I realized that I am probably the only Golf Professional in America that gets to experience the roar of a lion while hitting balls on the range.
Interested in Booking a Lessons with Brian at the Nemacolin Woodlands Golf Academy? For more information or to schedule a lesson, please contact the Nemacolin Golf Department at 724.329.6111.