Jeri O'Hara Golf Academy

Reviews & Testimonials

Jeri O’Hara is an accredited Class “A” LPGA Teaching professional and Neuro Linguistic Practitioner. 

I’ve been playing golf for over 20 years but my game was getting stale, I wasn’t playing well on a consistent basis and I was ready to quit golf.  I decided to take some lessons from Jeri to see if I could get my game back on track.  And what a difference!  Jeri has really helped me, especially with my swing.  I am consistently hitting the ball better and making it much easier on my body.  She really knows how to pinpoint the problem and gives just the right amount of instructions. I no longer want to quit the game.  I would not hesitate to recommend Jeri for golf lessons for any rank of golfer.
Maureen Collins

Since I started working with Jeri, I have taken my game to a new level.  I have never hit the ball better.   She is fun professional, and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of playing better.  Truly a great golf coach.  She goes way beyond just the swing and has a great approach to both the mental game and the development of a healthy, winning attitude.   I plan to work with Jeri for a long time and I highly recommend her for all levels of player.
Perri Domm (The Goodbye Graffiti Group)

Not only has Jeri been able to fix numerous errors in my grip and my swing, but she has also been able to change my mental approach to golf.  I am in awe of her ability to tweak the smallest changes to make the biggest impacts.  I am so excited to start the summer golf season with new skills and a new attitude!  I highly recommend Jeri for any type of golf instruction,  She is the best! Thank you Jeri!
JoAnn Harrington

I just had to write to say thank you and let you know how much I appreciate you.

You will recall I phoned you, feeling awkward and anxious, because I had said yes to a charity golf tournament…then I panicked because I hadn’t held a golf club in my hands for over 25 years (even then it was a par 3 fun course).   Now, with one week to go, I was facing 18 holes with real golfers!

You welcomed me to a first lesson, and told me that not only would I be able to do it, but I would also have fun too.\\With the first lesson, you made me feel confident, comfortable and reassured that it was going to be a great experience.  And, it was!   Not only did my shots (for the most part) go straight, I did not hurt anyone.  I chose the right clubs AND, best of all, I won the prize of KP on one of the prize holes.

I am totally hooked now (pardon the pun) and have enjoyed one 9-hole round of “sundowner” at Northlands with my teenage son and a few more group lessons with you and some other wonderful women.  Every time I get to work with you, I learn wonderful new tips, pointers, and real techniques which improve my swing, my drive, and my “fun quotient” every time!

I am a very happy “new golfer” and look forward to the Spring golf season, game and tournament opportunities.

Thank you so much, Jeri

Ruth Hanson
Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Prior to working with Jeri, I sporadically played a few rounds of golf each season, if any.   Although I took lessons from various coaches over the past 20 years, I never came to know the types of clubs/swings to develop a sense of which kind of club/swing would be appropriate for a given situation.  For some reason, I believed that each club had it’s own unique swing, further complicating the learning process.  Outside of driving & putting, I was just trying to hit the ball down the fairway without getting into trouble.

This Spring I engaged Jeri to provide me with a one-week intensive golf training including five 1-hour lessons, one 4-hole and three 9-hole playing lessons, with the goal of taking my game to the next level.  The focus of my outcome was not my golf score, but to understand the dynamic elements of each club/swing.  I was seeking to really know each tool in my tool box: how each club compared and contrasted to each other; the different ways I could use each one; and how to adapt for the slopes.

I found that by being able to compare & contrast the different clubs/swings during the practice sessions in this intensive manner I could create a mental/physical framework for the variety of unique clubs/swings possible.  For example, I learned the many of ways to swing a 9-iron for short distance vs. pitching vs. chipping.  When Jeri and I took this understanding onto the course during the playing lessons, I gained a sense of which kind of club/swing to select in a given situation and how to adjust my body to account for slopes.

By the end of the week I was excited to feel for the first time that I knew the components of my “tool box;” it was no longer just a bag of clubs.  I was also freed up from the one club/one swing fallacy as I learned to apply all 5 swings to each club (chip, ¼ -, ½ -, ¾ –  and full swing), which was very liberating and exciting for me.  I can now say that I am a golfer.  I don’t necessarily get lower scores, as that requires me to incorporate what I learned through practice, but my experience of the game is entirely different.

Since we learn through experience, this one-week intensive with Jeri gave me the reference experience of playing all the basic elements of golf in a game.  It was kind of like quickly reading through a How To Manual and experiencing the basic elements in their entirety and how they all fit together.  I now go back and work on different chapters and paragraphs in my own time.  And if a lot of time has elapsed, I found it useful to have another lesson, where I only have to “tweak” my swing.

By having this framework in my mind, I strive to execute a shot that I now know that I know how to do.  I select the best club/swing to reach a specific target, making adjustments to account for uneven terrain or deep grass, and work to execute it as planned.

I would not recommend such an intensive for everyone, but if you are at a stage where you are just swinging a bunch of clubs and you have a passion for taking your game to the next level, I can’t see any other way to do it other than through such an intensive training, with a true highly experienced golf instructor such as Jeri (LPGA Teaching professional, Class A.  since 1999).

I choose Jeri for this training because I had a couple of lessons with her eight years ago and was still remembering some of the points she taught me even though I had not golfed for 6 of those years.   Because she has dedicated herself to learning everything possible (see About Jeri) to effectively convey the elements of golf according to the unique needs of vastly different people, I had no doubt she would be able to teach me whatever it was I needed to learn at this point.

The experience was everything I had envisioned and then some.  She observed how I learned and kept tailoring the lessons to my learning style.  Jeri provided me with notes each evening so I could recap what I had learned.  She took videos of my swing and emailed to me for reference.  She provided supplemental information for me to read as well as suggesting some books that I could use to further my mental comprehension of playing the game.

Finally, it was a lot of fun.  We laughed a lot and she was just as excited as I was about my progress.    I felt like I was on vacation and that I was being taught by a good friend.

I highly recommend Jeri to anyone who relates to the learning process I have described.  But don’t expect that she will make you a better golfer.  She will give you the mental/physical understanding of the elements of the game and it is you who applies this teaching through time to become a better golfer.

Margaret Swain

In April of 2023 I finally began taking golf lessons and Jeri O’Hara came highly recommended by a couple of different friends.

During the first lesson, Jeri asked us why we decided to take lessons and to consider goals for ourselves. After years, yup years, of friends taking me for lessons and giving up on me, I arrived not knowing if I was left or right handed, and while I could occasionally make contact with the ball at driving ranges, everyone got out of the way. I was told, “Lia, you need to go to a pro”.

My goal was to figure out if I was truly a lefty and more importantly to make contact each time I hit the ball. With Jeri, this achievement took just one lesson. Jeri breaks lessons down into very small sections  and most importantly allows you to practice and master them before moving on. Jeri is on hand to watch and provides appropriate feedback for each participant, making each person feel relevant, regardless of skill level. I also loved watching my new friends improve quickly, as well, in just a short time.

Jeri is highly knowledgeable, demonstrates professionalism and skill. She is personable, happy, easy going and extremely patient. Jeri’s experience teaching is vast and regardless of skill level, Jeri has simple tips and feedback to improve any shot.

Please know that I only met Jeri this April and I am truly a fan. I have had nine lessons to date and feel motivated enough after each lesson, to practice at the driving range between lessons, and recently began to apply my skills on the course.

Since my family and friends all golf, I now feel confident to golf with them (yes they are now patient with me as I continue to learn) and while it will take time for me improve, I have enough skills to get started. Thank you Jeri for making golf lessons fun and for encouraging my motivation to learn and play.
Lia Cove

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