Josh’s passion for golf started more than 35 years ago when his grandfather would take him out on the golf course for a cart ride and a soda pop during hot summer days in El Dorado, Kansas. Then he was hooked. Josh started playing competitive junior golf, which then led to playing at the collegiate level. He received athletic scholarships from both Butler County College and Kansas State University.
After graduating from K State with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Josh followed a girl to Dallas, Texas, where he began his career in golf instruction under the tutelage of premier golf instructor Hank Haney. While in Texas, Josh realized that instruction provided a clear advantage to players. His new passion: having a lasting impact on the game of golf in Kansas through golf instruction.
He and his bride packed their bags in early 2003 and headed back to Kansas. Josh took a position as assistant golf professional at Wichita Country Club under head professional Cary Cozby. After completing his Class A in 2007, Josh developed the Director of Instruction position at WCC and served in that role until 2016. Inspired by the birth of his son and being named Golf Digest’s No. 1-ranked teacher in Kansas, Josh decided to strike out on his own in 2016.
Josh is the owner of the Golf Channel Academy at Josh Cook Golf, located at Terradyne Country Club in Wichita, KS. The No. 1 teacher in the state of Kansas for 2015-’16 as voted by his peers in Golf Digest magazine, Cook is a five-time winner of the South Central Section PGA Teacher of the Year Award (2009, ’11, ’12, ’14 and ’15) and a former U.S. Kids Golf Honorable Mention Instructor.
Josh’s new venture, Josh Cook Golf, provides yet another way he can have an even greater impact on golf throughout the state. He still loves hot summer days in Kansas. Now his cart rides include his wife and their one-year-old son.
The 2013 Kansas Chapter Junior Leader of the Year, Josh has coached more than 30 Wichita-area high school students to Division I college scholarships. He enjoys helping all levels of golfers and has certifications with AimPoint (Level 2), Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), Plane Truth Golf Instruction (Level 2) and Mike Adams Swing Biodynamics (Level 1). Among his most notable students is two-time LPGA Tour and Futures Tour winner Katherine Hull-Kirk.
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AIM SMALL, MISS SMALL
Quite often when I am playing with members I see them make a good swing with good contact and miss the fairway by twenty yards. Confused, they will look at me and ask what happened. When I ask what they were aiming at, it is amazing how often they reply, “The fairway”. While it seems like a good concept, aiming into a 35 yard wide fairway is not nearly as precise as we need to be. There seems to be an intimidation that settles in on a golfer when I tell them to aim at a branch/sign/etc. in the distance. “I can’t hit that exact line, I’m not good enough”. We don’t have to hit that exact line, but if we can aim at a small target and miss that by a little bit, you will be in much better shape that just aiming at a huge fairway and missing that. Hence the term “Aim small, miss small”.
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