teaching philosophy was developed over 12 years working with
nationally acclaimed instructor and mentor, Mike McGetrick.
“My teaching philosophy has been largely influenced from PGA
National Teacher of the Year and Golf Digest #7 Teacher, Mike
McGetrick. Over the
years, I learned so much from Mike about the golf swing, how best to
communicate with students, and how to tailor my instruction to meet
the needs of each individual golfer.
I’m proud to have helped Mike build the McGetrick Golf
Academy into a nationally recognized golf school.” As
the former Director of Instruction at the McGetrick Golf Academy,
Ortega believes that, “everyone has an individual golf swing and a
unique approach to the game”.
There is no “ideal swing” to fit every golfer.
While good teachers have a swing model to work from, the best
teachers have learned to adapt their model to find the most
efficient way for a student to swing the golf club. “ I take what
a student is presently doing, and improve upon it while keeping the
changes within the capabilities of the student.”
Ortega says, “to have control of the
golf ball, you must have control of your body and the golf club at
impact.” Everything in the golf swing relates to impact and to
develop a consistent ball flight pattern you must properly arrange
your body and golf club at impact.
The factors that influence the ball flight pattern are:
face position at impact
path the club is swinging at impact
angle the club is approaching the ball at impact
contact point on the club face at impact
speed the club is swinging at impact
“I improve a
student’s ball flight pattern by evaluating the three main
elements that make up a golf swing:
1) how the golfer sets up to the ball at address, 2) how the
golfer’s body moves throughout the swing, and 3) how the hands,
arms and golf club swing throughout the swing.
I help my students learn to properly blend their body motion
with the swinging of their hands and arms to hit the ball with speed