COVID has taken a bit out of everyone’s golf plans, but as summer returns, so does the Mitchell Golf Performance School.
Taught by trade professionals, this comprehensive 4-day class offers valuable training in club building, club repair, and club alternation utilizing the Foresight GCQuad monitor and simulator as well as Mitchell Golf’s machines and tools.
Recently, Mitchell Golf caught up with one of its recent Performance School graduates, Garth Mattson. Garth has been a PGA member for 32 years and has worked as a successful salesman in the golf industry for several brands including Ashworth. He is the owner of Pacific Northwest Golf Sales in Vancouver, Washington.
Q: How did you hear about the Mitchell Golf Performance School?
I saw the school on the Mitchell Golf website when I was buying equipment. I read the brochure and realized how beneficial this class would be for me. Everything in my shop is Mitchell Golf Equipment, which made it even more appealing.
Q: What, for you personally, was the thing that you wanted to learn above everything else?
Club repair and club fitting. The club fitting was very insightful – If you want the best of the best instructors, Larry Baldridge is it hands down! I was hoping that there would be more fitting involved. However, after talking to Patrick, I was excited to learn that there is going to be another Mitchell Golf school that will focus on fitting to complement this 4-day school.
Q: How necessary do you think it is to keep up with club building and club fitting technology? Have you noticed an increased interest?
I think it is very important. As a PGA professional for more than 3 decades, I have seen the importance and popularity of club building and alteration grow over the years. Now more than ever, everyone wants to “check their specs.”
Q: How long have you been using Mitchell Golf Equipment?
25 years and still going strong.
Q: Is there a club bending manufacturer (without mentioning names) that you have used besides MG that didn’t perform to your expectations?
I know that they exist, but I use (and will always use) Mitchell Golf Equipment, so it has never been a problem for me.
Q: What Mitchell Golf Machines or tools do you currently have in your shop?
Everything! As I mentioned, I depend on Mitchell Golf Equipment for their quality, accuracy, and durability. I know when I get a Mitchell Golf Machine, I will have it for life.
Q: How do you plan to utilize your performance school experience? What are your plans for the future?
I am in the last stages of getting my mobile club repair business up and running. I hope to take my new Mitchell Golf-equipped repair van to the US Amateur Open coming up at Bandon Dunes.