Instructor Profile: Bruce Nakamura

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UPDATE: Bruce Nakamura came in 3rd place in the 2013 TaylorMade National Championship, shooting 71-73 at Spyglass Hills and Pebble Beach in very tough conditions. He was competing against 50 of the top TaylorMade staff players throughout the country.

Bruce started golfing at the age of 10 and quickly developed a passion for the sport. In high school he was the league champion. He went to college at the University of California at San Diego where he graduated with a degree in Management Science and Philosophy and Psychology minors. Bruce played on the UCSD golf team where he was number one for four straight years and was a Division III All-American three years in a row.

After college he played the mini-tours, winning several events on the Golden State Tour and after two unsuccessful attempts at the PGA Tour Qualifying School, he chose to continue his golf career as a teaching professional. In 1990 he was hired by the San Diego Golf Academy to become the Director of Instruction for the AGT Program. He worked there until 1995, when he was hired by the Aviara Golf Academy.

Bruce still likes to play a little competitive golf. In 1999 he played number one on the First Assistants North-South Match where he went undefeated. It is a Ryder Cup version of Northern California versus Southern California. He has won several club pro events, the biggest being the San Diego Stroke Play Championship in 2001.

Bruce Nakamura is also a Class A PGA pro and was ranked by Golf Digest as the 12th best instructor in California for 2003-2004, 9th in 2005-2006 and 18th in 2007-2008. He came in 2nd place in the SCPGA Section Championship, 1st place in 2009 San Diego PGA Match Play Championship, and in 2011 will be playing in the National Club Pro Championship in Hershey PA

A Tip from Bruce

Good distance control is a major problem for most golfers around the greens. A big problem we see with the average golfer is that they do not look at the target and visualize the shot. When chipping and putting try taking your practice stroke looking at your target, then step up and hit the chip or putt. This will give you a better feel for the distance and you will be able to save valuable strokes.