Northeast PGA Golf Instructors Conference Held at Hartford Golf Club

Utley, Shoemaker, Hallett and Hackenberg Headline Two Day Event

West Hartford, Conn (April 25-26, 2017) The Northeast PGA Golf Instructors Conference took place over the last two rainy days, but the enthusiasm of the attendees could not be dampened. More than 50 professionals gathered at Hartford Golf Club to be enlightened on the latest thinking and technology in golf. Chairman Ron Beck secured the headlining presenters for the event which included Jim Hackenberg, Joe Hallett, Fred Shoemaker, and Stan Utley.

Hackenberg, a PGA Professional and creator of The Orange Whip Trainer, addressed the group on both days, explaining how he went from an aspiring player, to a PGA TOUR caddy, to the inventor and distributor of swing aids and golf fitness products for a new generation. His amassed knowledge and teaching ability by observing the best players in the world work on their games and turned his understanding of the golf swing and what was necessary to develop the athletic motion of a rhythmic, balance swing into a successful business, Jimmy Hack Golf.

Utley, one of the most well-known and sought after short game instructors in golf, turned pro in 1984 and joined the PGA TOUR winning the 1989 Chattanooga Classic. He also holds the PGA TOUR record for fewest putts in nine holes with six at the 2002 Air Canada Championship. He held the group’s attention as he shared technical information and his expertise on the short game on Tuesday and putting on Wednesday. He demonstrated his techniques during Wednesday afternoon’s short game clinic on the practice green and bunker.

Shoemaker mesmerized the group on Tuesday with his explanation of the difference between teaching and coaching, and how to help students with his unique instructional approach to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from discovering and expressing their potential. In 1990, he founded Extraordinary Golf to provide an environment where golfers could know their remarkable ability and learn to unfold it moment to moment. In the afternoon, he continued to inspire the group on a number of topics suggested by the professionals.

A PGA Certified Member in Instruction, Hallett is the Director of Instruction at the Vanderbilt Legends. He is highly regarded for his expertise in PGA member education, golf instruction, media relations, and the golf industry. He has worked with players of all levels, and captivated attendees with anecdotal stories of revelations and successes with some of his students including Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park. He has recently teamed up with Utley to research and test new information about the putting stroke. This was demonstrated in a practical experience on the putting green on Wednesday afternoon.


The Conference was produced by the Connecticut Section PGA with support from sponsors Callaway, Orange Whip, and SkyTrak, who were all on hand to demonstrate their products. Thank you to host professional Joe Connerton and Hartford Golf Club.