Top 100 golf instructors offer illustrative tips and professional advice. 3TW illustrated panel
Each week, Master Strokes provides three illustrations from Phil Franke, illustrator of Golf Tips magazine, and professional advice from PGA-certified Top 100 U.S. golf instructors.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Phil Franké, Jim McLean, Keith Lyford, & Dana Rader
Phil Franké is widely recognized by magazine editors, PGA pros and Top 100 instructors as being the best golf instruction illustrator in the business today. Franké has worked as an illustrator for nearly 20 years, and he has been staff illustrator at Golf Tips since 1992.
In 1999, Franké created Master Strokes, the most popular nationally syndicated newspaper feature about golf instruction. He has illustrated many books by PGA golfers and Top 100 teachers, including most recently, the best-seller A.J. Reveals the Truth about Golf by A.J. Bonar. In 2003, Franké illustrated and co-authored Master Strokes: 401 Proven Lessons for Mastering Every Golf Shot with renowned golf writer Nick Mastroni, which is in its third printing.
His golf illustrations have appeared in Time magazine, Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine, Golf Illustrated, Golf Tips, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He also has created illustrations for Simon & Schuster, ESPN, all the major TV networks and many Fortune 500 companies.
A graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., Franké’s first job was working in entertainment advertising, where he designed posters for popular movies such as “Saturday Night Fever,” “Rambo,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Trek.” He also illustrated the famous car-shaped logo for the movie classic “Grease.”
Franke lives in New York with his two daughters, Kelly and Colleen.
Jim McLean is regarded as one of the most effective and highly respected golf instructors in the sport today. Ranked as the No. 3 golf instructor in the United States, McLean has worked for more than 20 years with top touring professionals and recreational golfers on improving their golf games.
McLean is the Director of Golf at Doral Resort & Spa in Miami, Fla., and the owner of multiple Jim McLean Golf Schools, located throughout the United States. With approximately 55 PGA professionals teaching the McLean System at 11 locations, McLean’s golf schools are ranked as the best in America.
McLean has written 10 books and produced 12 videos on golf instruction. He currently writes for Golf Digest and has been a featured instructor for The Golf Channel since its inception in 1995. His best-selling book, Eight Step Swing, was ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the best golf instruction books of the 20th century.
In 2003, McLean was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame with one of the best amateur records ever. He has qualified for all the major USGA events: the U.S. Junior, the U.S. Amateur (4), the U.S. Open (2) and the U.S. Senior Open over a 35-year span. He also qualified for The Masters and has played in numerous PGA Tour events. McLean is one of only a small group of golfers to accomplish this feat.
Keith Lyford, a former PGA Tour player, is a nationally recognized golf instructor with extensive experience in running golf schools and conducting golf clinics. Since 1998, Golf Magazine has recognized Lyford as one of America’s Top 100 Golf Instructors. He was named Northeastern New York PGA’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2000 and the New England PGA “Teacher of the Year” in 1997.
Lyford has been the Director of Instruction at some of the finest golf schools in the country, including the Stratton Golf School, the Golf Digest School at Cranwell, the Harmon Club and the Lyford Scottsdale Golf School. Keith is currently the Director of Golf at the Auburn Country Club in Auburn, Calif., where he spends most of his time teaching golfers of all ability levels.
Lyford has written more than 30 published magazine articles on golf instruction for Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golf Tips and Senior Golfer.
Dana Rader consistently ranks as one of the Top 50 golf instructors in the United States today. Since the start of her professional career in 1980, Rader has received numerous honors and awards for her outstanding achievements in golf instruction and her commitment to the sport.
Shortly after starting her own golf school in 1987, Rader was named the LPGA’s “National Teacher of the Year” in 1990. As the first woman to play on Pfeiffer University’s men’s golf team, Rader was inducted into the Pfeiffer University Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
Rader, a native of Morganton, N.C., is the Director of Golf at the Golf Club at Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte, N.C., which also is the home of her state-of-the-art teaching facility, the Dana Rader Golf School. In January 2007, Rader opened her second golf school at the Statesville Country Club in Statesville, N.C.