My Golf Instructor

Maria Palozola

Welcome to! I'm Maria Palozola, your guide to a better game.

The catalyst behind this program is my desire to reach out to as many golfers as possible beyond the lesson tee with honest, gimmick free, yet personalized instruction. My passion for giving good, proven information in an easy to learn manner has grown strong over the last 18 years of instructing thousands of golfers from beginners to tour players. It is important to know that I don't believe in re-inventing the wheel. I urge you to stay away from fads and new methods that supposedly fit the masses. That simply doesn't work, but what does work is finding what is best for you individually and putting it into action!

I feel that learning and improving in golf is much easier than most make it. It's not rocket science. It's simply a science of finding out what your current motion is, deciding what we want it to be and then coming up with the most simple, direct path to get there. I will help you to leave all the noise and confusion behind and to focus on the elements that really control your golf ball. I believe in keeping instruction simple and focusing on the specifics and if you view many of my instructional videos, you realize I hammer this point home - because It's Simple & It Works!

We have created a site and service that gives you every opportunity to improve your golf game. Our interactive features include online swing analysis, a practice planner, a score tracker, feedback on your progress, as well as extensive articles, tips and drills that apply to your game and videos for bettering your overall performance. This service is designed to be easy for you, educational and cost effective compared to hours spent on private lessons. I will never underestimate the benefit of one on one live instruction, but with I can help you accomplish a lot of learning on your own. Let me be your personal coach and please give honest feedback so I can keep improving the site to fit your needs.

For those in the midwest, I offer private golf lessons in the St. Louis-area. Visit St. Louis Golf Lessons to learn more and to book a private lesson.

Maria's Teaching Credentials - 21yrs of experience

  • Top 50 LPGA Teacher (2008-Present)
  • LPGA Midwest Teacher of the Year (2013,2011 & 2008)
  • Golf Digest "Top 5 Teachers in State" (Missouri) 2013-Present
  • Golf Digest "Top 10 Teachers in State" (Illinois)
  • Golf Magazine "Top Teachers in Midwest" 2005-2008
  • TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Certified GolfPsych Instructor, Certified Ad-vantage Golf Fitness Instructor, Certified Club Fitter

Maria's Playing Credentials

  • Illinois Open Champion (2002)
  • LPGA Championship Qualifier (2000)
  • Participated in multiple LPGA Tour events (1999-2002)
  • LPGA Midwest Section Champion (1999)
  • Missouri State Amateur Champion (1993)
  • All-Sunbelt Conference Player at the University of South Alabama (1993)
  • Missouri State High School Champion (1987)

You can find Maria on the web at the following sites:

LPGA top 50 Best Teachers TPI Certified Fitness Professional
Who is Maria Palozola?
- Top 50 LPGA Instructors in the World
- A Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher in Illinois
- A Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Midwest
- More about Maria
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Golf instruction made simple
Golf Overview
Overall Game
- Getting Started
- Equipment
- Golf Fitness
- Junior Golf
- Mental Game
- Practice
- Rules of Golf
Short Game
- Bunkers
- Chipping
- Pitching
- Putting
Full Swing
- Pre-Swing Fundamentals
- Shot Making
- Diagnosing Problems
- Driving
- Hybrids and Woods
- Irons
Playing Golf
Ball Striking
- Fitness (78)
- Course Management (82)
- Getting Started in Golf (75)
- Practice (66)
Course Management
- Club Selection (66)
- Equipment (107)
- Driving (68)
- Putting (127)
- Golf Rules (69)
Short Game
- Bump and Run (72)
- Chipping (82)
Ball Striking
- Chunking (79)
- Distance Control (86)
- Fat Shots (92)
- Flipping (48)
- Poor Accuracy (118)
- Slicing (48)
- Thin Shots (85)
- Topped Shots (52)
- Lack of Distance (108)
- Putting Accuracy (72)
Swing Plane
- Blocking (50)
- Inside Out (56)
- Outside In (59)
- Over the Top (49)
- Pulling (54)
- Pushing (66)
- Releasing Early (47)
The Swing
- Grip (65)
- Alignment (55)
- Balance (50)
- Ball Position (80)
- Posture (77)
- Setup (117)
Swing Plane
- Backswing (84)
- Controlling Trajectory (47)
- Divot (48)
- Downswing (67)
- Impact (103)
- On Plane (85)
- Path (84)
- Power (71)
- Shaft Plane (63)
- Swing Plane (112)
- Weight Shift (79)