About & Philosophy

Golf Top 100 Coach

Overview And Experience

Hometown: Oelwein, Iowa
Home Course: Any Troon Location
College: West Texas State BA Marketing and Accounting
Certification: PGA, NG360
Accolades: Top 100 Instructor Golf Digest/Golf Magazine, Top 20 Instructor Asia Golf Digest, Top 100 Instructor All-Time Sports Illustrated, Top 10 Instructor Edwin Watts
Years Experience: 40 years on the national and international level

failure is not an option

Tim Mahoney is currently director of education for Troon Golf, the premier golf property management and consulting firm in the golf industry. He is responsible for all golf instruction programs and instruction staff at select managed/owned properties since 1995. Tim is the creator of the Troon Golf Academy, Troon Golf Institute, Mahoney Golf Academy and the David Duval Golf Academy.

When not training other teachers, he teaches all levels of golfer from his home bases at Westin Kierland Golf Club and Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. During the summer months he teaches at The Club at Cordillera, Vail, Colorado

His commitment to the game is evident in his involvement in so many areas, including lecturing at teaching seminars, consulting in the development of computer software for golf swing analysis, development of learning centers and practice facilities and, most of all, the hours spent on the lesson tee with amateurs and professional players alike.

Notable students: Betsy King, Billy Mayfair, David Duval, Kevin Streeleman, Blaine McCallister, Tom Kite, Tom Purtzer and Ricky Hearden. Eighteen tour victories to credit. College teams: ASU, UA, Nebraska, Yale, Dartmouth

Philosophy: Stability, Structure, Strength, Speed and Sequence. Square clubface and a balance swing on both sides. Consistency through impact and power sources.

Tim's Philosophy

Tim Mahoney’s teaching philosophy was honed while instructing alongside many of the greatest teachers in golf including: Chuck Cook, Jim Flick, Hank Johnson, Peter Kostis, Davis Love, Jr., Paul Runyan and Bob Toski. Tim’s unwavering commitment to his student’s improvement—both professional tour players and amateurs of all levels—becomes obvious during the first lesson. It is this passion for his student’s success that has driven Tim to become one of the game’s top instructors.

Each student is treated as an individual and remains the center of their personalized improvement program. Instructors constantly encourage students to ask as many questions as they like. Understanding their personal swing predispositions and the means to make the necessary changes to achieve their desired results are the key to every session.

The instructional model is built around the four keys to a consistent golf swing:

Athletic Setup

The majority of swing faults can be traced back a poor set up. An athletic set up consists of the grip, posture, ball position, aim and tension levels. The grip will affect clubface presentation at impact; posture affects body turn; ball position affects swing path; aim affects swing plane; tension levels affect sequencing.


The one constant with all great players is the position they achieve at impact. This position is influenced by what has happened in the downswing and is a key position in establishing solid contact, distance and consistency.

On-Plane Swing

During the swing, the golf shaft should be pointing at or parallel to the target line at all times. This on-plane swing will produce consistently solid contact.


Often it is impossible to make a change or improvement due to physical limitations of flexibility, muscle control or strength. An imbalance in any of these areas will influence the ability of the body to consistently move the club at the appropriate speed and on plane.

“If you are serious about improving your golf game, there is no one better than Tim.”

Bob Judson – Student

Tim Mahoney Coaching

Preparation & Progressive Learning

The majority of swing errors are the result of an incorrect pre-swing fundamental that includes grip, posture, ball position, aim, mindset and tension level. These pre-swing keys have a direct relationship with the in-swing motion. The grip controls the clubface and release through impact. Ball position controls the swing path. Posture controls the body’s pivot. Aim controls the sequence during the swing. Mindset controls the ability to adjust. And the body’s tension level controls the ability to swing the club without interference. Fortunately all of these fundamentals can be improved and adjusted before the swing even begins.

The Troon Golf Academy has one method of teaching the golf swing. Each student is an individual, and has differing abilities to learn and progress. The emphasis is on understanding the student and assisting with the learning of their ideal golf swing. To facilitate this learning, Troon Golf Academy establishes a perfect set-up position and then works to perfect a swing-shape that compliments the student’s body type and time commitment for practicing the preferred swing.

Manufacturers design clubs to swing on a pre-determined angle. During the entire swing, the club shaft should be either parallel to or pointing at the target-line to assure this proper angle at impact. Swinging the club on the correct angle or plane will guarantee solid contact and maximum consistency.

Distance is the effect of club head speed and solid contact. Club head speed is the result of wrist hinge, arm swing and body pivot. Golfers must utilize a blending of all three power sources to maximize distance. Instructors at the Academy work with each student to unlock their maximum power production.

Golf schools includes: full swing, short game, and on-course. Four hours of golf instruction, unlimited afternoon golf and practice.