July 16, 2009
RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech head golf coach Jeff Parks has been tabbed No. 4 on the "Best Teachers in Louisiana" list by his peers, announced in the August issue of Golf Digest.
"I am honored to have been named one of the top teachers in Louisiana," Parks said. "Just to be mentioned in the top five in the state is something I am very proud of. I am already looking forward to working with our student-athletes once we begin play in the fall."
Parks' certification, use of modern technology, past experiences and passion for the game played a part in his selection. The native of Bald Knob, Ark., has earned four levels of certification through the Titleist Performance Institute, three as a golf professional and one in biomechanics.
As a learning tool for his student-athletes, Parks utilizes an extremely rare 3-D biomechanical motion analysis system. Only 50 systems are available in the United States and only 100 exist in the world.
Tech's first-year head coach also uses V1 video, a 2-D video system, TRACKMAN, a ball flight analysis system, and SAM PuttLab, a putting system, in his coaching and lessons. As part of his certification with the Titleist Performance Institute, Parks has developed workout regimens for golfers that stress flexibility, coordination and strength.
Parks, the former head golf pro at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, La., previously held the No. 2 spot on Golf Digest's "Best Teachers in Colorado" list in 2001.
Tim Brown from Timberlane Country Club in Gretna, La. was listed No. 1 in Louisiana according to the publication.
Golf Digest identified the best teachers in each state by distributing ballots to more than 1,000 instructors, asking them to rank their peers on a grade-point scale from 1 to 10.