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Michael J Riso, PGA

Professional Golf Instructor


PGA Crest

Clearwater , FL
Clearwater Country Club, Clearwater, FL

About Michael

Michael Riso helps golfers of all skill levels. He's now entering his 36th year teaching golf. His focus is on beginner to advanced players, and preparing high school and college golfers for competition. He also specializes in helping players over age 50 to maximize their potential, especially those dealing with physical challenges.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, he’s an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and was president of Swing in Time Golf Shop, in Williamsville, New York, from 1989 to 1998. The golf shop specialized in custom fit clubs, private golf lessons, the history of golf, and unique tournament gifts.

In 2003, Michael started a web-based business called Mike Riso Golf. The company specializes in helping golfers improve their game through golf lessons, ‘On-course’ playing lessons, business golf training programs, and professional clubfitting. His website is a resource for golf articles and golf services, while offering free golf tips.

His ‘On-course’ instruction helps students increase their distance, improve their accuracy, stop slicing, gain consistency, reduce 3-putts, and improve their chips, pitches, and sand play, while developing the mental game and strategies to lower scores.

As a golf professional and peak performance coach, he shows students how to tap into their unlimited potential, in a fun and easy way. He developed a simple teaching method that helps them achieve immediate improvements, and develop a deeper love for the game.

In 2004, Michael and his wife Nancy created Relax & Golf, a company that combines Michael’s passion for golf, with Nancy’s passion for yoga and healthy living. Relax & Golf helps golfers play golf with an easy going attitude, while helping them develop flexibility and a sense of calm.

Relax & Golf also includes golf-specific stretches to increase flexibility and add distance, along with nutritional guidance for those interested in a healthy lifestyle.



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Michael in Action

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Michael in Action

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Mike's very knowledgeable, patient and helped build my confidence after not playing for years. He started with the basics and now is fine tuning everything. I highly recommend Mike for any level golfer.

Lenore Myers - 5 star Google review.


Mike was fabulous! I've never picked a club up in my life and at my first lesson, he had me putting and making the shot. I highly recommend him.. He's patient and able to explain the sport. A true professional.

Lindsay Miller - 5 star Google review.


Mike's a very patient and encouraging teacher! I'm new to golf and he made me feel very comfortable during our first lesson. I enjoyed it so much I signed up for 10 more lessons! I highly recommend Mike.

Dj Boyd - 5 star Google review.


I look forward to lessons with Mike. He's patient and is such a great teacher. I was ready to quit on golf until finding Mike and now, I simply cannot wait to learn more and play better. Thanks Mike for making the game fun again!

Donna Burnette - 5 star Google review.


Mike's a great communicator. I've been playing golf for years. He saw flaws in my swing no one has previously identified.and gave easy to understand corrective actions. Can't wait to get out there and put my new swing into practice!

Lou Ferris - 5 star Google review.

Michael's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Having More Fun

Connect with golfers of similar age

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 80

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Earn a college golf scholarship

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

Player Type






Playing with disabilities

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Michael's Facilities

Clearwater Country Club

Clearwater FL


Clearwater Country Club is a semi-private course founded in 1921. We offer an 18-hole championship course with four sets of tees. For the beginner, or those without much distance, we offer forward tees measuring 3600 yards. The back tees measure 6200 yards. We also have a driving range, and short game area with putting green and 2 bunkers perfect for practicing chips, wedges, and sand shots.

*Coaching available to public

525 N Betty Ln, Clearwater, FL 33755-4709

Facility Offerings
Championship course.

Our Herbert Strong designed 18-hole course founded in 1921 features a combination of long and short, straight and dogleg holes. This feature helps us teach students how to best position their shots.

Narrow greens.

The course has small sloping greens so when teaching on the course, we have the ability to create various shots from different positions.

On course instruction.

Taking our students onto the course for some of their instruction, enhances their skill level and allows us to create real world situations they'll face during their regular rounds of golf.

Large practice green.

With our practice green measuring 106 feet long, we're able to work on both short and long putts. This helps students learn speed control, and at the same time gives us ample room to coach privately.

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