Joe ThielJoe Thiel has spent 40 years helping others learn and enjoy the game of golf. He is one of only a few golf professionals in the U.S. who has earned the prestigious PGA Master Professional designation. The local PGA region has honored him as the PGA Teacher of the Year three times - in 1993, 1995, and 1997. He was also inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the 'Millennium Who's Who in America.' Golf Magazine has also honored Joe with the title of Top 100 Teachers in America as well as Golf Driving Range Magazine honoring him as One of the top 50 teachers in America.
Some of Joe's additional successes in teaching are visible on the other side of the Pacific. His reach has extended overseas and has been shaping the careers of some of Asia's finest golfers and instructors for over 30 years. Many of Joe's students are internationally known professionals, enjoying successes on tours in Japan, China, Korea, Europe and in the United States. The many articles regularly appearing over his career in Japan, South Asia, and Korean golf publications note Joe's high profile in Asia. He has written many years for several publications and was a Senior Editor for Golf Tips Magazine for many years. He is also the Director of International Instruction for Mizuno Golf and an advisor to the company.
Several of Joe's professional golfers playing in America, Europe, and Asia whom he has taught from little kids forward are Michael Putnam, Andrew Putnam, Andrew Yun, Richard Lee, Andres Gonzales, Se Ri Pak, He Wan Han, Kan Su Yun, Akane iijima, Yuri Fudoh, and Ashun Wu to name just a few. The world-class World Wide Golf Schools and International Golf Academy were developed by Joe as a home base for his school, located at his top-rated learning center in Olympia, Washington. It was here, aspiring young amateurs and outstanding professionals came to refine and hone their skills in teaching sessions lasting from one week to two years. Copious use of training aids, launch monitors, renowned mental programs, putting programs, and high tech video analysis enhance Joe's instruction programs. His learning center was voted one of the finest in the United States.
Each year many men and women amateurs, business people, juniors, and professionals alike join Joe and his staff in one of many programs designed for exceptional learning. Just one measure of Joe's success as a teacher would be in noting the many tour players, high-ranking national and state amateurs, Division 1university varsity players and over 200 teachers around the globe have benefited from his teaching. His junior programs for the motivated student are considered some of the finest in the country.
Joe's students work hard, practice hard and are extremely motivated. Each year he invites his current amateur students, professionals and PGA Instructors to join him for a portion of his two-month winter intensive teaching program in Palm Springs, California. Here in the desert, an energetic mingling of ambitious amateurs, American, Asian, and European ranked juniors, and talented professionals create a unique blend of cultures, abilities, competition, and enthusiasm. It is rigorous indeed, but prepares each player well for the coming year.
The heart of Joe's teaching is his heart for The Lord and his ability to incorporate the ten foundational aspects of the learning wheel developed for all tournament players. This unique and proven concept of instruction addresses every phase of scoring golf and emphasizes mastering control of emotions. Joe developed the unique Field Club Mental Training Program as part of said wheel. This ability to learn how your emotions effect performance can be learned by every tournament player or aspiring player and is an absolute must if one wants to become a mental master on the golf course. Joe is also on the advisory board of 'Heart Math'. This unique instruction program is designed for every player to establish their personal program of managing their emotions is the absolute finest program of its kind in the country. Joe is a licensed personal trainer for Heart Math for both golf and business. As noted by one of Joe's students, "Joe loves the game and gives it all back to his students." Joe's love for The Lord, his gift for teaching/coaching, and his genuine love of the game of golf and people are evident in the myriad of golf and personal successes of his students both nationally and internationally.