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Danny Crowley, Jr., PGA
PGA Teaching • Coaching Professional

 

Danny Crowley values the student’s experiences in learning and performance as a means of measuring levels of success in teaching and student learning. His knowledge and skills in teaching are important, but ultimately, his level of competency will be relative to the student’s level of success. The student’s on-course experiences are used as a measurement of competence, not only in student learning, but, in teaching as well. The testimonials listed were chosen to reflect the different levels of golfers who have experienced successful instruction in technique learning and on-course performance. Student assessments of their learning and on-course experiences will be appreciated and can be e-mailed to dannycrowley@pga.com or text 281-435-1325.

Leslie Henry
Attorney
Adams and Reese LLP
I would like to thank you for being a great golf coach. We played the Alliance Cup Charity Event yesterday at Memorial. I am a Director of WTGA as I try to give back to the game I love. I shot 69. My first ever. And we still have lots of improving to do. Thank you.

Major League Baseball
Will Rhymes
MLB Scout
Los Angeles Dodgers
About ten years ago, during the off season, I was in Houston visiting my Dad and one afternoon he invited me out Memorial Park to watch him take a golf lesson with Danny, a golf lesson that turned out to be very interesting to me as a professional athlete. It didn’t take long before we where all in a very intense conversation about the commonalities and differences in swinging a bat and a golf club, which truly helped me to better understand how to correctly think about the golf swing. I quickly began to recognize Danny’s skills in communicating the essence of the golf swing in conceptual terms and understandings that I could readily identify with.

Having played Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers and the Tampa bay Rays, and now working with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a scout, I have been around many great coaches. I believe Danny’s philosophy in golf athletics to be on common ground with professional athletic understandings among great coaches.

Because I now live in Virginia, and working with the Dodger’s organization, I’ve had only a few opportunities to work with Danny over the past ten years. But, if I lived in Houston, I would be a regular student. Each lesson has had a profound impact on me. In my very first lesson, Danny helped me not only with golf, but also in my career as a Major League Baseball Player. He taught me how to conceptualize my golf swing as a relaxed athlete, just as I’ve always done swinging a baseball bat. He taught me about taking a moment to absorb the results without judgement, and with measurement. I last worked with Danny a few months ago, and he quickly noticed something in my performance. Within a few minutes I added several yards to my driving distance. Although most of my lessons were a few years ago, I remember each one clearly. Danny always walks me through the logic of his instruction, as well as the physical identities I would experience through the process. His instruction and coaching have changed my game. I also used his process for every at bat throughout my time in Major League Baseball. Danny understands the golf swing and more importantly how to get his students to execute it quickly.

University of Houston
Todd Whitting
Head Baseball Coach
University of Houston
Danny has not only a great understanding of the golf swing but more importantly, is able to communicate this to me in an easy to understand manner. I have played golf for over twenty five years and was able make vast improvements almost immediately. His approach of getting back to the inner athlete and building a solid foundation to build the swing around is a trait of all great instructors and coaches in any sport. As a person who has spent considerable time studying movement and swing patterns, I can appreciate Danny’s expertise and his understanding of the swing as the similarities between golf and baseball are very closely related. I have been fortunate to spend time with many great baseball swing instructors in my career and Danny’s method to teaching and getting results is as good as or better than these individuals who teach at the highest levels. The ability to coach/teach is based not only having the correct knowledge, but also being able to relay it to individuals and improve performance physically and mentally. Danny has proven in the time that I have spent with him that he has mastered the ability to communicate correct knowledge and get results.

Matt Kuhlman
Records Analyst
Plains Exploration & Productions Company

I just wanted to say thank you again for the lessons, you truly made my swing so much easier and gave me way more confidence. I hit my first hole in in one at the 115 yard par 3 at Mulligans Course. It felt great! I had a lesson with you at the end of December and then the second just two weekend ago. I had won 2 lessons from my company. Man, what a lucky drawing that was for me.I have already recommended  a few friends to you, and will continue to do so. Your approach to teaching is very refreshing and a big difference from others. I know I don’t have the perfect grip or posture, but you didn’t even mention them and allowed me to just swing without worrying about 50 thing being identical to the pros beforehand.

Thank you again.

Nikolay & Elena Avdulo
Business Development
Chevron Global Gas

Danny has a unique ability to explain most complex things about golf in most simple terms. Not only that, he does not teach just general golf-he teaches the golf that is just right for you; what will work or not work for your specific habits and physical abilities. My wife and I took several series of lessons from Danny and I would highly recommend him for anybody interested in golf-from entry level to advanced and experienced golfers.

PGA Tour

Carl J. Cooper, PGA
PGA Tour Player
1990-1993

Danny has great athletic insights in the mental and physical workings of the golf swing. As an athlete and a professional golfer, I think his philosophies in athletics and golf performance have helped in changing my perceptions and understandings in what is responsible for achieving a repetitive dynamic golf swing motion that can last a lifetime.

PGA

Jackson Bradley, LM, PGA
PGA Teacher Of The Year
Austin, Texas

Danny Crowley and I have been friends for many years going back to my years in Houston. Danny has the proper attitude and love of people which will enable him to become one of golf’s premier teachers.

John Benton
Senior Property Manager
Gables Urban
Houston, Texas

I truly enjoyed my lesson with you yesterday, and feel that I made great strides towards understanding what was wrong with my mechanics. You are very clear and concise in your instruction, easy to understand, and I had fun while I was learning.

I look forward to my next lesson on the 17th. I also enjoyed our conversation. It is always good to find thinking folks. Thank you again, and take care.

George Rangel
District Operations Mgr
General Electric

I started playing golf twenty years ago with some ongoing physical limitations that contributed to a flawed swing with many incorrect habits. Danny has helped me to understand how to work with my limitations successfully while identifying and eliminating flawed habits. His ability to communicate understandings of the golf swing that can work for me has helped in lowering my handicap from 20 to 6 in spite of my physical limitations.

Devorah Bishop
Houston, Texas

I started playing golf and taking lessons from Danny two years ago. He has a keen understanding of the golf swing and is very articulate and patient in his instruction. Danny knows my learning style and has individualized the lessons so that I understand what I am doing. He has taught me how to apply my knowledge so as to play with confidence, and I love the game.

Thanks Danny!!

University of Houston

Dr. John Wilson
Research Professor
Physics Department
University of Houston

When I recently played eighteen holes at Hermann Park in the eighties, I walked away amazed with what your teaching has done for me in just little over a year. Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself making pars and birdies on the course, much less shooting less than the nineties. Playing golf for Marsha and me has contributed enormously to our lives individually as well as to our marriage. We recall your first instruction to celebrate the outdoors first and golf second. Golf satisfies our quest for challenge, as it is a game that one will never be perfect at. Yet, we experience moments of perfection when we see the seemingly impossible shot goes as planned, followed by the next that does not.

Golf and life are a lot alike according to recent comments by Morgan Freeman in Newsweek.”You never master either. You simply play the game.” We are at a point in our game where we simply play the game, unperturbed by the ups and downs in our scores.

As a teaching colleague, I have greatly appreciated your approach to teaching. First and foremost, you always showed great sensitivity to your students, with an uncanny ability to adapt to different levels of abilities and styles. At times, I would come to you discouraged about my swing and in five minutes you would fix it once again. I expect to be your student and friend for life.

Thank you for what you have given to Marsha and me. It’s a priceless gift!

Alan Dodd
Journalist
10/14/2015

Thanks a bunch for yesterday’s lesson! Not only for sticking with it until you found the solution, but also for encouraging me to stick with it! Your commitment to fixing my swing is very much appreciated, and I’m still smiling about the progress made int eh last 10 minutes of the lesson! When I got to my car last night, I grabbed a 5 iron and 6 more balls … I just had to see if the fix was real … And it was! High-five and kudos to your diagnostic and training skills!