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Mark R. Loker, PGA

Founder & Director of Instruction, The Golf Studio
PGA Crest

Edgewater, MD
The Golf Studio , Edgewater, MD

About Mark

I'm a PGA Pro on a mission to help you shoot lower scores and have more fun & less frustration while playing golf. As a PGA Coach, I understand how you feel & often get frustrated myself! Golf can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve been helping people get more enjoyment out of the game for 25 years. With the focus on the right parts of your game– I can help you shoot lower scores– using in-studio video analysis, on-course training and purposeful practice techniques.

CONTACT ME IF THIS DESCRIBES YOU: • Have hit a plateau and can't get beyond it. • Are embarrassed to go out & play with others. • Lack confidence on the course. • Do not know how to practice with purpose. • Have had golf lessons in the past & couldn't translate from session to course.

HERE’S HOW WE BEGIN: I get you in for a 90-minute initial swing analysis to look at your swing mechanics & determine your goals.

WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE? Shooting lower scores. Having more fun on the golf course. Playing with more confidence with your friends, family & business contacts.

I’ve been a PGA Class A Professional since 2000, and have taught at multiple private clubs on the East Coast, including the famed Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ, a regular stop on the PGA Tour. I’ve taught thousands of individual and group lessons for players of all levels, from beginners to juniors to club champions.

I am ADM & PGA Coach Certified.

My love of golf began in high school, where I served as captain of the Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms and was an all-county player. Growing up, I would spend countless hours in my backyard practicing my swing, chipping and putting — figuring out how to take a divot without ripping up my parents’ lawn. I loved the challenge of solving how to slice and curve around a tree. Using WIFFLE balls, I would figure out how to mimic a real golf ball and determine how it would react in a real-world scenario— much like a simulator situation.

I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University’s Professional Golf Management Program in 1999 and also hold a Master’s in Educational Leadership/Adult and Organizational Learning. That is the basis for my teaching philosophy and the programs I’ve developed throughout the years for my students and fellow PGA colleagues. I’ve worked in higher education at American University and the Georgetown University Law Center.

The Golf Studio is my vision for sharing my love of the game with others. I believe golf promotes mental focus, clarity and persistence — all qualities required to achieve one’s dreams. I teach in Washington, DC & Edgewater, MD.

Students

85

Followers

195

Begin your journey
Mark in Action

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Mark in Action

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Testimonial:

Mark took the time to get to know me, my current game & my goals. He got me set up & made immediate improvements to my swing! He’s friendly, personable & genuinely wants to help others have fun golfing.

Alain Parcan

Testimonial:

Mark was very professional. We got down to business and after chatting about my swing, Mark immediately found areas of improvement. He sent me home with a voice-over-video re-cap with areas for me to work on.

Michael Shelley

Testimonial:

Mark is an amazing pro. He has helped me reinvent my golf game... I am now hitting the ball a lot cleaner & straighter than ever. Before Mark it was really hard for me to break 100, now I am looking forward to my first round in the 80's.

Pierre-Gaspard Chauvet

Testimonial:

The facility, setup, technology, and quality of instruction are top-notch! Mark takes time to provide a post lesson video that incudes key coaching points, suggested drills, and swing highlights that help with at-home or range practice.

Jared Dunlap

Testimonial:

Mark quickly identified the issues I was having and personalized our sessions and training plans to address those in a way that made sense to me. Mark is always keeping track of your progress through an app and providing feedback.

Javiar Ruales

Mark's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.


Getting Started

Learn the basics

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Get comfortable for business golf


Having More Fun

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar skill


Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 80

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Get swing diagnostic testing

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

Player Type

Youth

Teen

Senior

Female

Playing with disabilities

Male

Adult

Session Type

Individual

Group

Mark's Facilities

The Golf Studio

Edgewater MD

*Coaching available to public

34 Colony Xing, Edgewater, MD 21037