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Zoran Ilic, PGA

Head Golf Professional
PGA Crest

Lakeland, FL
Grasslands Golf & Country Club, Lakeland, FL

About Zoran

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy starts with the basic fundamentals: grip, stance, ball position, and posture. I believe each person has a swing based on his or her body type and flexibility. My goal is to set each student on the proper path of improvement. Every student will leave the lesson better than they started. I do not believe a student should get worse before they get better. My goal during each lesson is to achieve positive results during the lesson. Through the use of video, swing drills, and training aids my students will learn how to improve their game.


There will be a key interviewing process during the first lesson with each student. In this lesson I will discuss with the student his or her goals. The focus will be on total game improvement. After reviewing the student’s technique, I will voice my corrections, and if needed help the student set new goals. Video swing analysis will be used along with certain drills to help the student see and feel the corrections taking place. Short game improvement will be equally important. This will be stressed to each student. On-course instruction will be included to help students realize their weaknesses.

Areas of Instruction Swing Short Game Routine Mental Approach Golf Etiquette Golfing Experience

Playing Experiences Hooters Tour Member 2004 – 2008 Golden Bear Tour Member 2000 – 2004 Florida Southern College Golf Team Member 1996 – 2000

Highlights 6th Place Finish 2000 NCAA Division II National Championship 1st Team All American 1st Team All Southwest Conference 2nd Place 2008 US Open Local Qualifying 1st Place 2006 US Open Local Qualifying Best Hooters Tour Finish T4th Rio Pinar

Teachers I had instruction from

Dr. Jim Suttie, PGA, Suttie Golf Academy Kevin Smeltz, Director of Instruction David Leadbetter Golf Academy Orlando Larry Hinson, PGA Tour Member 1967 - 1977 Adrian Stills, PGA Tour Member 1985 -1986 Adrian Wadey, Director of Instruction Silver Leaf Performance Center Scottsdale AZ Mike Shannon, Putting Instruction, Sea Island Learning Center Dr. Morris Pickens, Sports Psychologist, Sea Island Learning Center






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Zoran'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

Get swing diagnostic testing

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Earn a college golf scholarship

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Zoran's Facilities

Grasslands Golf & Country Club

Lakeland FL

*Coaching available to public

1600 Grasslands Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803-5407

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