Matt Stotler Golf Academy Guidelines for Re-Opening

​​Matt Stotler Golf Academy will follow CDC, State, and local guidelines related to PGA golf lessons. These procedures below will remain in effect until they are lifted, and operations can return to normal. These guidelines are under the direction of Federal and State Governments, as well as the PGA BACK 2 GOLF social distancing guidelines.

I ask that companions remain in vehicle, unless practicing themselves, unless it is necessary for a caregiver to accompany the student. Allowing entrance into the designated teaching area by appointment ensures that we may reduce the number of people in the teaching area, helping us to maintain physical distancing. We are encouraging all students / companions to bring their own mask. 

Policies to maintain healthy staff:

1. Instructor temperature will be taken daily before work

2. Instructor is required to wear a face mask and gloves when teaching

3. Handwashing / sanitization is required in between appointmentsWith the understanding that all students

​4. Plexiglass will be placed in between bays to maintain Social Distancing

5. Students can be encouraged to make payments using Venmo or PayPal, as a No -Touch payment option

Polices to protect students:

1. Student appointments are to be spaced to minimize number of students together

2. Plexiglass will be placed in between bays to maintain Social Distancing

3. Teaching equipment will be disinfected with a cleaning wipe in between lessons

4. Students encouraged to wear mask during the lesson

Matt Stotler Golf Academy

Importance of Putter Loft

Too Much Putter Loft

Contact below the equator of the ball

More backspin

Higher Launch angle

Inconsistent roll out distance

Ball strays from intended line

Roll of the ball during putt

|------------Bounce / Backspin / Skid-------------|---Forward Roll---|

Too Little Putter Loft

Ball Struck into ground

Excessive skid and bouncing

Inconsistent roll out distance

Ball strays from intended line

Roll of the ball during the putt

|--------------Bounce / Skid--------------|---------Forward Roll---------|

Proper Loft

Contact above the equator of the ball

True roll established quickly

More consistent rollout

Ball maintains intended line

Roll of the ball during the putt

|-----Skid-----|------------------------Forward Roll------------------------|

Matt Stotler Golf Academy

Clear Creek @ The Practice Center

400 Grand Oak Drive

Franklin, OH 45005


Matt Stotler is Director of Instruction, Class A PGA Professional, and Certified Personal Coach. With over 23 years of teaching and coaching experience, he started the Matt Stotler Golf Academy. Matt is the (fmr) Head Men's Golf Coach at Kettering Fairmont High School.  In the past five years, he has had five students go on to play college golf. Additionally, his skills as an accomplished player will help all levels of students understand the process of improvement.

Matt uses Trackman, the latest in video technology, and an assortment of teaching aids that allow his student to better understand and feel the correct movements needed. Students will be taught one of golf's most important lessons, how to properly practice.

5 Step process to hitting a golf shot, short game or full swing

1st SURVEY   the type of shot

2nd VISUALIZE  how you are going to make the shot

3rd REHEARSE  making the shot

4th EXECUTE  the shot

5th EVALUATE  your performance

Chip, Pitch and Lob


Low Trajectory

Ball back in stance

Shaft leans forward

Weight 80% on lead foot

Putting motion-- minimal wrist action

Change club for carry distance and rollout


Mid Trajectory

Ball middle of stance

Slight forward shaft lean

Weight 60% on lead foot

Wrist hinge and sleight body turn


High Trajectory

Ball forward in stance

Shaft vertical

Weight 50 / 50 between both feet

Club face slightly open

Full wrist hinge

Open stance

 Pro's Tips to a Better Game