Occupation: Head Pro, Nile Golf Course
Location: Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Pro Status: Class A-1
Joe Korn is a native of South Seattle. Like many pros highlighted in this column, he started golfing at 10 years old. And like others, his father played, often taking him along on his golf outings.
“Starting out was a little nerve racking because my dad was pretty good, but it also made me want to get better so I could win my way out of mowing the lawn,” says Joe.
He played baseball growing up, and always thought he would be a Major League baseball player. “Then, golf took over,” he adds, “and it became a life goal of mine to become a PGA tour playing professional. The PGA tour didn’t happen, but I really loved the game and knew I wanted to be a part of it in some fashion throughout my life.”
Joe attended Foster High School in Tukwila, and after graduating, he decided to get out of the rain and moved to Palm Springs, Cali. to attend college at College of the Desert. After his stint in college, he moved back to Seattle to begin his career in the golf industry.
Being from Seattle, Fred Couples was his idol. He has always admired Freddie’s quiet confidence and class.
Over the ensuing years, Joe had some playing success, but his claim to fame, so to speak, is that he beat Ryan Moore, another Seattle native and currently a PGA tour player, at The Classic in a Tacoma Golf Association event. “I took first and he was second. The problem was he was only 15-years-old.”
Joe’s teaching philosophy focuses on three things. His first priority is for his students to focus on the fundamentals. Swing path and the position of the club face on impact is the key. After learning the fundamentals, Joe likes to have his students reproduce the repetitive patterns of successful golfers.
Ultimately, he wants his students to work on finding the swing that is going to be the most efficient for them. “Having the ‘perfect’ swing is not necessarily what’s best for every golfer. What’s important is getting the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible.”
Finally, he wants his students to work on the mental aspect of golf. “If you don’t think you can do something, you’re probably not going to do it.” He feels it is important to not let self-doubt get in the way. It is important for a golfer to be able to recognize when those doubts creep into his or her game. “Negative thoughts produce negative results,” he says. “Recognizing negative thoughts allow you to replace them with a positive outlook, not only on your next shot, but also in life.”
Carry on Joe.