About

Michael Thomas Arrigoni was born and raised in the town of Southgate, Michigan near Detroit. He learned to play golf from his Dad at age 10 and was competing in tournaments by age 15. Growing up as a baseball player and football QB, Mike captained the golf team at Southgate Anderson High School. It was there that he found his niche. His skills and interest excelled as he found true passion for the game. He went on to receive a golf scholarship at Detroit College of Business where he obtained a B.A. in Business.

Mike moved to Arizona in 1996 and has worked at many of Arizonas most prestigious courses including Grayhawk GC, Wildfire GC, Camelback GC, Raven at South Mountain GC, Dobson Ranch GC. Mike was the Director of Instruction at Western Skies GC from 2005-2012 and is now back again in that role. He has adopted the name Coach Mike and created the most prominent Junior Golf Program in the East Arizona Valley.

With his love for golf and natural gift for teaching, Mike has become one of the top PGA instructors in the Southwest PGA Section. Our students are as fortunate to have him as he feels about teaching them. Many have excelled themselves, winning tournaments and enjoying the game more due to taking private lessons with Mike. Coach Mike creates a fun, relaxed atmosphere with a unique personal touch when teaching our Junior and Adult learners the techniques of the game. "Coaching youngsters and watching them develop in life and golf is my favorite part, says Mike. As a Certified PGA Professional with over 20 years of experience Mike still continues to seek new and better ways to teach and communicate with his students. His goal is to make learning easier and more enjoyable.

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Golf swings are as individual as people. With this in mind, I realize that two golfers will never swing exactly the same and more importantly learn the same. I will teach you to achieve a consistent flight pattern with your golf ball. The flight of your golf ball will tell you on every shot, exactly what your club was doing at impact.

I believe the most important part of any golf swing is making solid contact. Of course direction is important but without solid contact, direction means little. Two factors determine direction; your clubface angle at impact and the club path you swing on. It's physics, you can't argue with it. The ball doesn't lie, it goes where you hit it. All that matters to the golf ball is what the club head is doing at impact.

MY APPROACH

I want you to play better golf now, not later! I will teach you to teach yourself how to practice correctly. You will leave every lesson knowing what to practice and how to do it....with checkpoints and drills. If you do your "homework" you will improve immediately. I don't believe in the "it takes time theory"; I believe it takes effort. Give me a chance to make your better.