Interview With Martin Chuck - Owner Tour Striker Training Products and Golf Academy
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Martin Chuck Owner and Director Tour Striker Training Products and Golf Academy. He grew up under the tutelage of the great Canadian player, George Knudson. Martin attended New Mexico State University on a golf scholarship and turned professional in 1992. After a few years playing the mini-tours in Canada and the US, he became the Director of Golf at Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert, California. His club career took him to Reno, Nevada and then Bend, Oregon. After the successful launch of the Tour Striker Training Product line, he resigned from club management roles and now coach and teach full time. His winter location is at The Raven - Phoenix and spends summers at the Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon.
The following are a few traditional and non traditional golf centric questions that I love to ask influential people in the golf industry.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you do the game?
I started playing golf around the age of seven. My father "disappeared" on Saturdays and I wanted to know where he went! It wasn't long before he was dragging me along and I fell in love with the game immediately. I had a 9-hole course a short distance from my home in Toronto and I was able to play a lot of golf at a young age. At the age of nine, I took my first lesson with George Knudson and also met Moe Norman. I look back now and realize how lucky I was to be around such great strikers.
What is your current home course?
I coach/teach at The Raven Golf Club in Phoenix, AZ. My business partner is at the Academy is top teacher, Jeff Ritter.
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
I would have to say it is the development of the Tour Striker Training Club. To date, we have sold 80,000 units in all corners of the globe. I've received thousands of e-mails from people who have been helped by practicing with the club. I'm very pleased to know that something I designed has made such a big "impact" on the game of golf.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Too many to list! New courses are way too hard now. In the "old days" a course could be prepared for great players, but todays new courses are just plain HARD right out of the gate. Besides that, smokers, please put your butts in the trash. The course isn't a trash can.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
I love hitting short iron shots. I feel like I can knock down the pin.
What is your favorite golf destination?
There are a ton of them...I went on a trip to Scotland and loved it. I enjoy working the ball; trajectory, shape, etc, and in the winds of Scotland, you need to be creative and I enjoy that a lot.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
The National Golf Club of Canada. I grew up working and playing there and it is truly magnificent.
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
The disqualification for not signing your card. Everybody knows what you shot. I guess if you were playing alone, you should have to sign a card. The fact that you need to sign for it after playing in front of TV viewers doesn't make sense anymore.
Dream foursome (living)?
Tiger, Phil and Gretzky
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
My dad, Hogan, Moe Norman
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of my life
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
6) Bathroom OR bushes?
7) Hot dog OR wrap?
8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
9) Walking OR riding?
10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
12) Pants OR Shorts?
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
Nicklaus (tough to pick)
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
17) Lay up OR gamble?
18) 18 holes OR 36?
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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