Rod Perry is the head professional at Crane Lakes Golf and Country Club in Port Orange, Florida. He captured the PGA Professional National Championship last year at Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon becoming the first left-hander to ever win. Perry is the most decorated TaylorMade Staff Pro playing in the past two PGA Championships and 15 overall Tour events in his career. He’s been twice named national PGA Professional Player of the Year (2013, 2014). Was a football place-kicker in high school before devoting his athletic career to golf which was introduced to him at a young age by his late maternal grandfather, Joe Morrison.
Right-handed in everything he did, Perry elected to play golf left-handed at age 11. Joe Morrison introduced his grandson to Slugger White, a former boxer turned golf professional and current PGA Tour vice president of rules and competitions. White helped mentor Perry which excelled Rod to his career in golf. Rod’s breakthrough year was rather late in 1998. After competing on the Hooters Tour against the likes of Chad Campbell, Zach Johnson and Bill Lunde, Perry discovered his game held up even better in higher competition. Perry, along with his wife and two children, enjoy boating, biking, any & all things that his children are into any given day.
Staff Pro Q&A
Career low score?
59 (par 71) Riviera CC, Ormond Beach, FL
What is your dream foursome?
Joe Morrison, my grandfather who got me started in the game, Jack Nicklaus, the best ever, and Arnold Palmer, the man who made golf cool.
How many hole-in-ones do you have?
What is your most memorable shot?
Tapping in from 6 inches to win the 2013 PGA National Championship.
What are your primary swing thought(s)?
Hit it hard.
What is your favorite golf hole?
#8 at Pebble.
Do you have a specific ‘Pre-game’ meal?
Nope. It just has to taste good.
What kind of ball marker do you use?
How do you mark your golf ball?
Black Line to aim along with 3 dots for each of the 3 people relying on me; My wife and 2 kids.
As a teacher, what golf tip do you give the most?
When the club is coming down you better be moving towards the target.
What is the most common problem you see with your students?
What is the best golf tip/advice you’ve received? From who?
All that matters is the quality of my golf, forget about everything else.
If you could change one thing about your game, what would that be?