Near the front counter, Tacoma Golf Center: Todd Erwin [1], Director of Instruction at TGC, Ken (me), and Derek Barron [2]. // 03-28-15:

Look what can happen when two exceptionally fine players, trust an exceptionally fine swing coach. They win The 2015 Pacific Northwest Section PGA Pro-Assistant Championship by 9 shots with best ball scores of 64-62 = 136. Plus a check for $2,500!


Practice bunker area, McCormick Golf Club, Scottsdale Arizona.  Here with Aaron Bergman, Manual de la Torre, Tommy Aaron, (me), and Bill Rasmas.  // 11-16-2009

The strong belief in “Manuel’s concept” (swing the golf club and the body responds) has brought together the young, and not so young, in their search for better golf.


Far End of the practice range, at The Plantation Golf Club, Indio California.  Troy Kelly and your truly, Ken Kubitz.  // 11-15-2011

Another productive session with Troy.  I started working with him when he was age sixteen.  He is now 37.  Just 21 years of association and we are not done yet.  Ranked 219th in the current 2015 FedExCup ranking (Oct 29th).

Practice range.  McCormick Ranch Golf Club, Scottsdale Arizona.  // 11-16-2009

Manual de al Torre, and me (Ken).  Photo by Ed LeBeau.

Just like old times.  This was fun.  We’ll have to do this more often.


Practice Range, Meadow Park Golf Course, University Place (Tacoma), Breanna Carmichael // 7-21-2006:

“Breanna, just look what your strong mind and body can and is accomplishing!  

Cherish them!  Use them wisely!  ** They are “the gifts” that will make whatever dreams you choose become a reality!  ** Lots of love –Ken, P.S. And keep swinging”.


Lesson Tee, Milwaukee Country Club, River Hills Wisconsin.  Ken Kubitz, Manual de la Torre, Ben Nelson.  // 06-05-2015

Swinging the whole club forward with the arms.  Aim for a spot at least 6″ beyond the ball.  Starting to get the message.  Thanks Manual.


Far end of the practice range, at The Plantation Golf Club, Indio California.  // 12-09-2010

With Troy Kelly.  You cannot do it any better than this.  Perfect swing.


Practice Range, The Plantation Golf Club, Indio California.  // 6-25-2015

Troy Kelly:  Swinging the golf club forward to the target with the arms.
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Pia Nilsson, who I also coached:

Co-author of smash hits Every Shot Must Have a Purpose, The Game Before the Game and Play Your Best Golf Now.   Golf Digest #1 ranked Women Teacher in America 2012.  Golf Digest Top 50 teacher.   GOLF Magazine Top 100 teacher.   PGA of Sweden Class A teaching professional.   Honorary member PGA of Sweden and LPGA T&CP.  Head Coach of the Swedish National Golf Teams 1990-1999.   LPGA Tour Player 1983-1987.  PGA of Europe Professional of the Year 1994.   PGA of Europe Five-Star Professional Award 1995.
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Rus Tuveson [3], left, with Don Iverson right

[1] Todd Erwin was ‘recently named one of the top teachers in the state of Washington‘ for 2015-2016′ by Golf Digest’ as ranked by their peers.  He has won the Washington Open four times, and recent won the Oregon Senior Open.


[2] Derek Barron:  ‘possesses all the skills needed to achieve great success in the golf world. I have worked with Derek the past three years and have watched his game develop to PGA Tour caliber.

I have seen many Tour players up close and personal and also coached Kyle Stanley from the age of 11-18 and it is my belief that Derek’s skill set is compatible to most of the players on tour. Given an opportunity, a fair opportunity, I believe Derek could be one of those great stories in golf. I am very anxious to see his talents shine!’  Todd Erwin – PGA Professional and Director of Instruction, Tacoma Firs Golf Center

[3] Russell Tuveson 1926 to 2014:  ‘Tuveson, Russell Russell Tuveson, age 87, long time resident of Elm Grove and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, died April 21, 2014, at Luther Manor. He was born in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Ruben and Ethel Tuveson. Having graduated from … Russ joined the air force where he served as a crew chief of a B17, flying missions in North Africa and then Europe. Returning home, Russ continued his education earning an engineering degree from Roosevelt University, but it was always his passion to play golf. Russ served as Assistant Professional at Milwaukee Country Club, then as Head Professional at Janesville Country Club before moving to Wauwatosa in 1963 to become Blue Mound Golf and Country Club’s head professional. Russ served and taught at Blue Mound for 32 years.

The only love greater than golf for Russ was his wife of 56 years, Marjorie. Together they raised a son … and three daughters …’