I began teaching short game at Old Waverly in 2007. Golf has allowed me to view it’s beauty from multiple perspectives. I began playing golf as a child and progressed through the junior ranks and high school golf. After earning a scholarship to play at the University of Southern Mississippi, I turned professional to follow my dream of playing golf for a living. I competed for three years before I began to help Southern Miss’s golf team as an Assistant Coach, leading to my current tenure at Old Waverly.
While coaching college players and observing the wide array of scores in college golf, I noticed how similar players appeared on the practice tee; however, the scores in competition did not reflect parity in any such manner. I believe that there are two main reasons for this happening. First, solid mechanics work better under high stress situations. Secondly, the best players are able to “save strokes” around the green. They hole bunker shots. They get up and in from thick rough; and most importantly, they make putts.
Most people understand the first reason easily; the fewer the manipulations, the better. However, the second reason is often overlooked and neglected. I watched players shoot 75 with six birdies and lose tournaments due to poor short game skills. I thoroughly enjoy working with players on saving pars from off the green and helping them to make birdie when they have a wedge in their hands. A good drive and a solid short game should lead to par golf. The best players have great mechanics coupled with the ability to navigate their way around the golf course and turn bogeys and doubles into pars and birdies.
-2013 Golf Digest's "Best Teachers in the State"
-Won 2013 Mississippi Chapter Championship
-2013 Gulf States Player Development Award
-2012 Gulf States Junior Golf Leader
-2012 Inductee to the Southern Miss Sports Hall of Fame
-Won 2011 Mississippi Chapter Championship
-Won 2008 Trustmark Invitational (MS State Open)
-Selected to Conference USA All Decade Team
-Second player to qualify for NCAA’s at Southern Miss
-Won multiple college events at Southern Miss
-Name to the Ping All Regional Team
About My Teaching
-V. J. Trolio – The Putting Arc
-Students include members of the LPGA and Web.com tours, numerous collegiate players, nationally ranked juniors, and mini-tour players
-Utilize SAM Putt Lab, Quintic Ball Launch System, Trackman and V1 Software