Train for Golf Like an Olympian
Colby Huffman
About the Author:

Gary Gilchrist:

Golf Digest Top 50 in America

Golf Magazine Top 100 in America


 Simply put, Gary Gilchrist is synonymous with junior golf. In a coaching career that spans more than 20 years, Gilchrist has been responsible for recruiting, training and developing more top-ranked junior-level golfers than any other coach in the business.

In his illustrious coaching career, Gilchrist has taught more than 75 American Junior Golf Association All-Americans, six AJGA Players of the Year, two U.S. Amateur champions (American David Gossett and Colombia’s Maria Jose Uribe), two U.S. Junior Girls champions (Chile’s Nicole Perrot and Korea’s In-Kyung Kim), one NCAA women’s champion (Thailand’s Virada Nirapathpongporn) and one U.S. Public Links champion (American Michelle Wie).

Gilchrist also teaches many of the game’s best professionals and helped Yani Tseng ascend to No. 1 in the world. Gilchrist also coaches China’s first fully exempt LPGA Tour player Shanshan Feng, who when combined with Tseng, have won a combined 6 majors since 2010 under Gilchrist’s guidance — Tseng (4) and Feng (2).

Pros Gary Works with:

Morgan Hoffmann

Hoffmann, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, is the first player to go through the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy junior program through college and on to the PGA Tour. Hoffmann played three years at Oklahoma State where he notched four wins and was a highly-rated amateur in 2009, holding the No. 1 spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking that year while making the Walker Cup team.

After gaining full-time status on the PGA Tour for 2013, in just a little over a year, Hoffmann has 10 top 25s and has amassed $1.2 million in earnings.

Shanshan Feng

Feng is the first player from China to become a member of the LPGA and has been working with Gary Gilchrist for seven years. Feng also became the first player from China to win a major championship when she won the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship.

Feng has two majors & eight total wins to her credit:

  • 2013 CME Group Titleholders
  • 2013 Reignwood LPGA Classic
  • 2012 Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship – MAJOR (JLPGA)
  • 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship – MAJOR (LPGA)
  • 2012 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters (LET)
  • 2012 World Ladies Championship (LET)
  • 2012 Meiji Cup – (JLPGA)
  • 2012 Yonex Ladies – (JLPGA)
  • 2011 Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open – (JLPGA)
  • 2011 Meiji Cup – (JLPGA)

Peter Hedblom

Hedblom, of Sweden and a long time veteran on the European Tour, has four Challenge Tour wins and three European Tour wins to his credit:


  • 2009 Johnnie Walker Championship
  • 2007 Maybank Malaysian Open
  • 1997 Moroccan Open


Co-Author Colby Huffman:

In addition to being the founder of TourXcel, and U.S. patent holder of the Hank Haney Swing Band, Huffman's students have won over 65 national and international championships under his guidance. He was named Indiana's youngest ever PGA Teacher of the Year in 2012, and has been honored with recognition by Golf Digest in its selection of "Best Teachers State by State 2013+2014."

Colby served as a lead instructor for the Hank Haney IJGA from 2007-2009. Prior to that, he worked with Gary Gilchrist at the IJGA (as Director of Training) as well as the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. During his time at the IJGA, Huffman worked with many top-ranked juniors and LPGA standouts such as Stephanie Meadow, as well as In-Kyung Kim and Song-Hee Kim who both have been ranked in the top-15 in the LPGA Rolex World Ranking. Song-Hee Kim, in particular, became the youngest woman to ever win a professional golf event in the United States (2006, prior to Lexi Thompson).

He was also a featured coach on The Golf Channel’s “School of Golf” in 2009 and is the only coach in the world to have developed two Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award recipients in the same year (2008). Both students were his full-time academy boarding students. He has developed 8 Junior All-Americans, who were also his full-time boarding students, while helping to cultivate dozens of college scholarship athletes, as well.

In 2011-2012, he directed the training and instruction for the IUPUI Jaguars who shot the lowest single day tournament round of the year out of all NCAA Division 1 teams shooting 265 (-19) at Primm Valley Golf Club in Nevada. Also, in 2012, IUPUI won the most regular season tournaments (7) out of all NCAA Division 1 teams.

Huffman is a PGA Class-A member, a Certified Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Instructor, a Certified Club-fitter, and a Performance Enhancement Specialist.  He is the only PGA Teacher of the Year from any PGA Section in the nation who is also designated as a Certified Consultant by the Applied Association of Sport Psychology (AASP), the international professional organization of sport and exercise psychology. He is currently completing his PhD specializing in Sport Psychology.

A four-time Academic All-Big Ten student-athlete at Purdue University, Colby received the USAA All-American Scholar Award in 1999. He graduated from Purdue where he studied kinesiology and biomechanics, before earning a Master’s degree from Purdue in 2001 in sport business management and marketing.

Following his time in college, Huffman spent time playing professionally on the PGA Tour de Las Americas, Golden Bear Tour, Hurricane Tour and the Maverick Tour, where he competed against many of today’s PGA Tour Members.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Huffman is a graduate of Carmel High School and lives on the north side of Indianapolis with his wife and two children.



More and more major champions are preparing like Olympians prepare in other sports. Have you ever wondered how they work on the different aspects of their games, or how often you should practice different elements of your game? Or, have you ever thought about how often major champions utilize video analysis and work on "swing shape" relative to ball flight, distance control, and feel drills? Similarly, have you ever wondered how many rounds major champions play between tournaments, or how often they do pre-shot routines and what they think about? These questions, and more, will be answered in Train for Golf Like an Olympian, so you can bring your "A Game" to the first tee. 

This is your access to an authentic look at the training insights and practice secrets of top ranked players at all levels, including major champions. This book provides a detailed blueprint that has been laboriously researched, tested, utilized, and proven over the past two decades. It presents the best training plans covering all aspects of the game ever assembled in the world of golf. You will get the latest game-changing information on: technique, mindsets, tournament plans, training schedules, short game, evaluations, goal-setting, and peak performances. Gilchrist and Huffman convey the training knowledge that they have shared with the top players in the game of golf. Now, this unprecedented inside look at top players’ training regimens is finally available for YOU to apply.

Gilchrist and Huffman’s method teaches you to understand your own game, to understand your own swing, and to utilize a “troubleshooting guide” which in turn creates self-sufficiency. You will have an understanding of the drills you are performing and have an understanding of the entire system under which you are training. You will learn how to analyze your performance and understand how to make a plan to learn and improve. This plan also prevents the most common faults and bad habits which create bad shots and bad scores from ever creeping in one's game. You can imagine how good your game will be once you have an easy to follow, detailed plan that the best in the world have used and have proved works time and time again.

The proven, world-class training system in this book is the accumulation of groundbreaking knowledge from various athletic disciplines and provides a highly structured, yet, easy-to-follow, minute-by-minute blueprint on how to become a great golfer. An abundance of empirical data, which reveals the keys to maximizing one’s potential in the game of golf, was gathered and utilized from many other sports, many systems, and many individuals over many years. This system has been formulated and refined by charting out practice schedules, analyzing tournament results, and fine-tuning the blueprint for many years.

There are a lot of “keys” in this book. Make note of the ones you enjoy, and learn from them. By reading this book, you gain first-hand knowledge from the absolute top experts in the game of golf regarding training through performance cycles and their phases. You are getting the only golf training information in the world that discusses peak performance with this much science, research, and experience behind it. Take advantage of the knowledge and make it work for you.

Historically, the system and concept of periodization that Gilchrist and Huffman utilize has produced numerous champions in other sports such as cycling, running, tennis, and swimming, as well as by great golf champions such as Tiger Woods. A periodization system is a long-term process that has developed champions at all levels, and if you understand and apply the knowledge in this book, you will have a much, much more realistic opportunity to optimize peak performances than someone with your same talent level who is not familiar with the knowledge in this book. Reading this book is like training with Gilchrist and Huffman who have both coached major champions. 

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