Rick Nielsen, PGA, G.S.E.M.
Rick is a Class A PGA Professional and has over 30 years of experience specializing in Golf Instruction, Clubfitting and Golf Fitness. Rick is a Master Instructor utilizing a multitude of `training tools and technology to aid in the learning process. Having given over 25,000 lessons, Rick has worked with all types of golfers, all levels of ability and every type of learning style.
Rick was a managing partner with National Golf Group which operates Turtle Cove Golf Center, a Top 50 Facility in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY. Previously, Rick was the Head Golf Professional at Randalls Island Golf Center in NYC where his Golf School was named number one junior program in NYC. Rick was also Head Golf Professional at Smithtown Landing CC on Long Island where he was the lead instructor at the Michael Hebron Golf Academy while at Smithtown Landing Country Club.
Rick is an Authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine and one of only 32 worldwide to hold the distinction of Master in Golf Stroke Engineering (G.S.E.M.). The Golfing Machine has gained increased notoriety recently as tour player Bryson DeChambeau credits the book to his success as a player.
Rick is a Certified K-Vest Instructor with an advanced level of certification. K-Vest is a 3D biomechanics measuring and training tool. Rick is also a Certified Flightscope Instructor which is a 3D golf ball and golf club measuring device which is also used for clubfitting. Rick is also a Certified Pilates Instructor and founder and president of Power Golf Pilates, a golf specific fitness program. Rick is also a Certified Golf Fitness Trainer with the Titleist Performance Institute.
Rick is active in the PGA of America having served on the Board of Directors in the Met Section and Chairman of the Membership Committee. He also competes in PGA events and attends education programs within the Met Section.
Rick produced a radio show called Golftalk which aired on Long Island covering a multitude of golf topics and hosting a variety of guests. Rick also produced two instruction videos Power Golf Dynamics and Shrink Your Score.
As part of his instruction programs, Rick has extensive experience in clubfitting and is an authorized fitter with Mizuno, Callaway and TaylorMade.
Rick enjoys working with all levels of players including professionals, top level amateurs, club champions as well as women, juniors and brand new golfers. Rick offers a variety of instruction programs at Turtle Cove year-round catering to all levels of ability.