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Meet the Instructors

Meet the Instructors

Talbert Griffin

Talbert, who grew up in Montgomery, comes to Lagoon Park from the Hank Johnson School of Golf. Hank Johnson is nationally renowned for his teaching and was awarded the prestigious 2003 “PGA Teacher of the Year” award. Talbert feels the knowledge and experience he gained moving up the golf ranks, especially when working with aspiring young golfers, helps him with player development.

“Knowing the mechanics of the golf swing is great, but there are so many elements that have nothing to do with the golf swing, that will determine the students success in achieving their goals. (i.e. golf scholarship, winning tournaments, PGA tour)." When it comes to the golf swing, Talbert believes there are four or five things that must be present to be consistent and get that soft contact compressed feel we all desire. These four things are packaged inside good fundamentals. Everyone might go about it differently but it doesn’t change the need for these elements to exist. Everyone seems to want power, but to attain this, a golfer must unlock his power sources that are usually tied to these four or five things. 

Talbert can be reached by email or call the golf shop at 334.240-4050.

Mike Shirley

Mike, who is an Alabama native, was introduced to golf and the golf industry at Woodward Country Club in Birmingham, AL by his Dad and Dana Garmany, PGA Professional and founder of the Troon Management Company. Both men mentored Mike and opened doors for him to pursue golf competitively and as a career. Upon graduating from college, Mike got his start at Green Valley Country Club as an Assistant Golf Professional under the tutelage of PGA Professional Tommy Truss. After three years, he earned membership into the Professional Golfers’ Association as a Class A Member. 

Since 2003, Mike has served as a Golf Professional in the city of Montgomery and is currently the General Manager at Lagoon Park Golf Course. Additional mentors that played a role in his development as an instructor include Butch Byrd and Mike Shannon. Mike loves golf and is devoted to introducing the game to adults and juniors alike. He emphasizes fundamentals and ball control as he shares his love of the game to those around him. He likes to share a quote from Ben Hogan to all his students, and that is, “Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.” 

Mike can be reached by email or call the golf shop at 334.240-4050.