• 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 added a second website for his golf articles under the banner Golf Things Considered. This website has been expanded in 2011 to include a Tip Sheet with helpful hints and drills for golfers seeking to improve their games.

    Both websites, and the time he spends daily with clients at Lakeview, are 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 collegiate-level golf (and possibly even beyond that).

    Learn more about my approach to developing young golfers.

  • Golf Things Considered

    • 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.

    • The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

      One of the many funny things about golfers is that we tend to bring religious conviction to our swing techniques. “Thou shalt not let thine elbow fly!” and a million other rules come down from the mountaintops of golf wisdom. We talk about swinging the club “the right way” or “correctly”, we seek the “secret move” like the Holy Grail itself, and I have found that it is a rare golf conversation that does not include the word “perfect” somewhere along the way.

  • Tip Sheet

    • 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.

    • 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.