Introducing GOLF SMARTER ACADEMY

Since 2005 the Golf Smarter podcast has developed a global community of golfers by tapping into the insights of hundreds of PGA Professionals. These interviews are dedicated to
• improving your game,
• raising your golf IQ, and
• gaining a greater appreciation of the nuances that make golf the greatest sports challenge many of us have endured.

Unlike the majority of golf media outlets who focus on elite players, our goal has always been to get advice for those of us who love to play but struggle with getting to the next level, whether that’s breaking 100, 90, or even 80.

Now we’re bringing it all closer to you…

GOLF SMARTER ACADEMY in the Podcast

Have you noticed something about your game that doesn’t feel right? Call us at 415-761-1498 and leave a message that conveys your question or concern. Then, subscribe to the GOLF SMARTER podcast and listen to the new Golf Smarter Academy feature with Tony Manzoni at the end of each new episode!

If your question is answered on an upcoming podcast episode, you’ll receive Tony’s “The Lost Fundamental” DVD and a workout shirt from HealthIQ.

Tony Manzoni PGA, is a regular on Golf Smarter and has received more email from our audience than any other featured teacher. He’s a legendary instructor, entrepreneur, and former golf coach for College of the Desert in the Coachella Valley. He’s warm, knowledgeable, articulate, relatable, and will give you easy to understand advice.

The Golf Smarter Academy is generously presented by HealthIQ  .  HealthIQ can secure exclusive lower rates, up to 33%, on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans and more! To see if you qualify for lower  rates, click here  to get your free quote today at or mention “Golf Smarter” when you talk to a Health IQ agent.

Golf Smarter Academy: Podcast Segment Preview
Here’s the kind of Q&A you’ll hear in our Academy segment at the end of each new episode of the Golf Smarter Podcast. Joe Dolan of Ohio wants winter drills to get a better feel of loading the weight on his right side. Our second caller is Howard Hayden of Tennessee who needs help coordinating his hips and arms during the swing.

GOLF SMARTER ACADEMY Clinics

Want hands on help? Tony has teamed up with two other legendary coaches from the Palm Springs area, Davey Evans and Garry Hopkins. They each have PGA Tour experience, have studied and worked with some of the greatest players in history, and have more than 150 years of PGA teaching experience between them.  They’re now providing clinics multiple times each week where you receive one-on-one attention in a group environment as you rotate through full swing and short game instruction from each specialist. Details:

  • Multiple 90 minute clinics each week
  • 9 Student Maximum (3 student minimum)
  • 3 World Class PGA Teaching Professionals
  • Only $75 per person!!
  • COD Golf Center in Palm Desert, CA

Want more information or to sign up for an upcoming clinic? Click here to email and start your conversation with Fred and Tony.

GOLF SMARTER ACADEMY Instructors

Tony Manzoni

  • 51 year PGA member, one of the original PGA Teaching Professionals
  • Founding Partner of Callaway golf
  • Played both PGA tour and Canadian tour events, plus Europeon Senior tour events.
  • Authored instructional book and video “The Lost Fundamental”
  • Head Golf Coach at College of the Desert, CA. Lead the team to 27 out of 28 Conferance championships.
  • Won 5 State championships and 6 Southern California Championships.
  • Founded and taught Golf Course Management program at College of the Desert.
To hear more Golf Smarter episode featuring Tony’s teachings, please check out these past episodes:
Here are a couple of articles about Tony you’ll enjoy:

Tony unlocks Ben Hogan’s Lost Fundamentals to longer and straighter drives.

More from Golf Smarter TV

Dave Evans

Director of Golf and Head Golf Professional La Quinta Country Club over 25 years

  • Director of Golf Porcupine Creek, Rancho Mirage, CA for 7 years
  • Past winner Southern California PGA Senior Championship
  • Qualified and played in British and U.S. Senior Open
  • Played in a handful of events on the PGA tour in the late 50’s.
  • Played and made the cut in the Bob Hope Classic

Listen to Fred’s interview with Dave Evans on Golf Smarter Episode #614 – Keep It Simple Stupid! Improve Your Golf Game with The Tools You Have

Gary Hopkins

  • 1974 Illinois PGA Section player of the year
  • Won Illinois match play championship
  • Won Illinois PGA Section Championship and finished runner up 3 times
  • Won Illinois PGA Pro Ladies and Pro-President
  • Qualified for US Open
  • Qualified for PGA Championship and made 1 cut
  • Head Pro at Highland Park Country Club for 8 years
  • Head Pro at Hilldale Country Club for 8 years

Gary was a guest on Golf Smarter episode #615 – Here’s the 1st Thing a Golf Instructor Sees Wrong with Your Swing

Have a question, comment or suggestion for Golf Smarter’s host? Click here: Hey Fred!