Today we’d like to introduce you to Dillon Fay.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started playing golf when I was around twelve years old, after growing up playing baseball and other sports. The first time I hit a golf ball I was hooked.
I would walk as many as 54 holes a day when I was younger. During highschool I tried out for our school golf team and was cut every year. That fueled me to work harder and understand the game better. I really started diving into how the golf swing worked and tried to learn everything I could.
By this time I was working at the local golf course, Spanish Oaks (now called The Oaks at Spanish Fork) this allowed me to play for free and practice every day.
When I’d get home I’d stay up until 3 am or later watching and reading anything and everything I could find about the golf swing. I eventually got down to a scratch handicap but I’d always loved Long Drive so I started looking into it more seriously, I decided to start competing.
When I competed regularly in long drive events I did alright, but nothing compared to so many of the great hitters out there. It was around that time I started getting asked a lot of questions about the golf swing by fellow competitors and saw an opportunity to capitalize.
I discovered the USGTF, The United States Golf Teachers Federation, this organization gave me a way to become a certified professional and create a network of wonderful colleagues all over the world (Shout out to 2019 USGTF teacher of the year Bo Harris in Tennessee), I received my certification in January of 2020.
I went to the Utah State Long Drive Championship in St. George that year. Where I met a Dad and his son, this kid looked 21 years old and hit the ball a mile, when I was introduced to them I discovered the kid was actually 14.
The son was Kauner Kay, who is now my most successful student and one of the main reasons why I am where I am today. Kauner and his father, Jason, have become like family over the years.
Fast forward to now. Kauner is a 2x Jr. Long Drive World Champion, 4x State Champion, Latino American Jr. Champion, and has won on the PLDA tour against full-grown men at the age of 16. Not to mention two other top 4 finishes.
His success led to increased clientele for me and a chance to open my own business, Sweet Heat Golf and Long Drive In Spanish Fork, Utah. I’m both teaching and running an indoor golf academy where people can get lessons from me or get a membership to practice in private on their own 24/7. When I’m not teaching in person I work with people all across the country giving remote lessons. I’m glad to have this opportunity and I’m excited to see what the future holds!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I’m fortunate that I found such an incredible talent early on and it really allowed me to springboard into the position I’m in today. Jason and I always talk about how kismet everything has been a long way. I feel very lucky and fortunate.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I run an indoor golf academy as a golf professional, I used to say I was strictly a teaching pro but once you open your own academy the work exceeds simply just teaching golf to people.
I specialize in long drives and adding distance to people’s golf games, conveniently at this same time in golf people are realizing that distance off the tee is the most important part of the game when wanting to lower your score.
I’m very proud of what my students have accomplished, I have multiple students that have won different events at all levels and I really enjoy watching all the improvements I make with them payoff.
I think I set myself apart from other coaches because when I see potential in someone I’ll do whatever I can to make sure they’re able to succeed, even if that means sacrificing on my end in some way.
What matters most to you?
Giving people an experience that is both fun and insightful, at the end of the day it’s a game we play. There should never be a negative experience when wanting to improve. Enjoying the process of getting better is the best part. You never beat the game of golf.
- 1-hour lesson in person: $80
- 2-hour speed session: $160
- Introduction to long drive 1 1/2 hours: $120
- 1-hour online lesson for people anywhere: $70
- Visit Sweetheatgolf.com to book lessons
- Website: Sweetheatgolf.com
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