PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- PGA Professionals, recognized as the experts in golf instruction, will gather in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 27, to participate in an expanded 2011 PGA/USA TODAY Golf Tips Hotline 2.0.
From 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET, PGA Professionals from across the country will answer E-mails, telephone calls, and for the first time, answer questions delivered via social media outlets Facebook, Twitter and Skype, and provide live video lessons.
This year, PGA Professionals include guest presenters from the 12th PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit, Jan. 24-25, in Orlando, and those attending the 58th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 27-29.
"We are excited with the debut of the PGA/USA TODAY Golf Tips Hotline 2.0, which we believe is one of the most popular vehicles to showcase PGA Professionals, the experts in teaching the game of golf," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "USA TODAY is an outstanding partner that celebrates the vital role that PGA Professionals serve in helping golfers everywhere enjoy the game."
The Hotline marks the 10th in a series that dates back to the 1992 PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit.
"USA TODAY and The PGA of America have worked together since 1992 on the golf tips hotline, and the collaboration has provided wonderful information for our audience and for golf fans everywhere," said USA TODAY Sports Editor Monte Lorell. "Through the hotline, PGA Professionals have helped USA TODAY readers of all skill levels and answered all kinds of questions, from swing mechanics to set-up to equipment issues to the mental game."
In addition to the hotline, many of the game's top golf instructors will be conducting live video lessons throughout the day.
The PGA Professionals who will conduct 30-minute video lessons during the 2011 PGA/USA TODAY Golf Tips Hotline 2.0 include:
- 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. - Todd Anderson, 2010 PGA Teacher of the Year
- 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Dr. Gary Wiren, 1987 PGA Teacher of the Year
- 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Martin Hall, 2008 PGA Teacher of the Year, Golf Channel host, "School of Golf"
- 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Bobby Clampett, CBS Golf Commentator/Founder, Impact Zone Golf
- 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Joe Hallett, General Manager, PGA Center for Golf Learning & Performance; & David Donatucci, PGA Director of Fitness & Performance
- 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Jim Estes, Co-Founder Salute Military Golf Association, 2010 Patriot Award recipient; and Ret. Lance Corporal Tim Lang, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Suzy Whaley, PGA District 1 Director, In 2003 she became the first woman since Babe Zaharias to earn a berth in a PGA Tour event.
- 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Michael Breed, Golf Channel host, "The Golf Fix."
- 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Renee Powell, 2003 PGA First Lady of Golf.