Doc Suttie Golf Academy
Dr. Jim Suttie (known by his students simply as “Doc”) is one of the world’s best-known and most-respected golf instructors.
He has worked with many of the top players but still loves to work with players of all abilities.
Doc grew up in DeKalb, Illinois where he learned to play golf at Kiswaukee Country Club. He stills holds the course record of 63. In 1970, Doc graduated from Northern Illinois University playing on the golf team all four years. He stayed on to complete his Master’s degree in kinesiology and work as an assistant golf coach. In 1974 he moved into golf coaching at Eastern Kentucky University where he won two OVC (Ohio Valley Conference) Championships in four seasons and was named OVC Coach of the Year in 1976. Leaving Kentucky, Dr. Suttie went to Brevard Community College in Florida, where he coached Paul Azinger who went on to 12 PGA victories and captained a Ryder Cup championship.Leaving college coaching Dr. Suttie completed his doctorate at Middle Tennessee University cumulating his studies with a doctorate thesis titled: “A Biomechanical Comparison between Conventional Golf Swing Learning Technique and a Unique Kinesthetic Feed Back Technique”. Dr. Suttie returns to college coaching briefly at Northwestern University in Chicago and Florida Gulf Coast University, in Ft. Myers Florida before concentrating on integrating his teaching philosophy into his teaching facilities in Naples, Florida and Chicago, Illinois.
In 2000, he was named the PGA of America’s National Teacher of the Year and is a three-time winner of the same award from the PGA’s Illinois Section. He’s also included among GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers and is ranked as one of the Top 20 teachers in America on Golf Digest’s 50 Greatest Teachers list. In 2018, Doc was inducted into the golf magazine hall of fame. Doc uses some of the finest technology and teaching aids to help golfers with their swing such as the Trackman, K Vest, Sam Putt Lab. He also gives his clients a full video of their swing from every angle, side by side comparison swings, and 3-D videos.
For more than three decades, Doc Suttie has been devoted to developing a teaching framework for golfers by applying bio mechanical principles to the golf swing. This framework optimizes the relationship between each individual’s natural build and the golf swing that is the most easily adaptable to it. Without question, he has improved the games of thousands of golfers from around the globe.
Doc is available for lessons at TwinEagles in Naples, Florida from November through April and Jeremy Ranch in Park City, Utah in the summertime. You can contact him directly for clinics and lessons by calling 1-800-765-3838.