Matt joined the Willowcreek Golf Academy in March 2008, after moving here from Wales, UK. He has been a golf professional since 2001 and is a qualified PGA Professional with the British PGA.
Matt offers golf lessons to individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. His playing accomplishments since turning pro include 13 wins as well as being selected to represent his country in the 2004 European Team Championship.
“Learning and improving fundamentals in a relaxed, friendly environment is the secret to consistent golf.”
“I would like to take a little time to write you about one of your instructors, Matt Prior. I was told of Matt’s teaching and how many people he has helped with their golf game so I decided to give him a call. He has a clear and decisive way of getting his point across without too much technicality. His use of TRACKMAN is awesome, like he says, “the numbers don’t lie”. I took a lesson a month, starting in June. My handicap has gone from 10 to 7 and just last weekend I won the Sr. Club Championship at my club shooting a 72 and winning by 6 shots. I can‘t thank Matt enough. He has made the game fun again. I highly recommend him as a golf instructor.”
Mt. Pleasant GC
“I wanted to send you a note to say how pleased I am with the results from just my first 2 lessons with Matt Prior. I am in my early 60's and have taken a few lessons from different instructors over the years, none of which have been as helpful as what I am learning from Matt. I am still a long way away from playing the kind of golf that I believe I can, but pausing to get Matt's help is arguably the smartest decision I have made in a long time.
He has mastered the use of the available technology and that combined with his experience and a very agreeable personality is making the lessons a wonderful learning experience. I have already recommended him to several folks, one of whom had already discovered him and had the same positive experience that I am having.
I also note that his rates are higher than what I have paid in the past, but with the pace of my improvement under his tutelage, I expect to recoup my investment quickly through reducing my number of lost balls and more importantly, by consistently winning my weekly wager with a buddy who I am reluctant to tell about Matt, for obvious reasons.”
“As Matt always says ‘the data doesn't lie’ I have been one of Matt Prior's loyal students and friends for 4 years. In that time, my handicap index has dropped from 12.5 to 4.5. The eye opening experience for me was to see my swing on the big screen and compare it to the tour players of today. Now with the information provided by Trackman, I am able to really work to try to figure out this crazy game! Thank you Matt and all the dedicated professionals at Willowcreek Golf Academy.”
“I would suggest that Matt is one of the best at what he does ! You will find that his best teaching attribute is his ability to communicate as he examines your pre-shot routine, your setup, your grip, your thought process, your swing, your equipment, and ultimate the flight of your golf ball. Matt will collect information from what you have to say about a shot, what his eyes are telling him, and then what the video camera and what Trackman are telling him. With this information he will provide you with the tools to take your golf game in the right direction. And yes, he can play !”
“I have taken private golf lessons from Matt for 3+ years at Willowcreek Academy. I called the academy after seeing a segment on Chronicle and made an appointment for a club fitting and was immediately impressed by the facility and by Matt’s golf knowledge and demeanor.
At the end of my fitting, Matt made some suggestions on how to improve my golf swing. He has the technology at Willowcreek to help him quickly asses a golf swing and the expertise to communicate golf concepts. After taking lessons from several other pros around the country, Matt distinguishes himself by backing up concepts with drills. In my opinion, that is what makes him instantly credible. He always finds the way to communicate the point he is trying to make so that I understand the correction we are working on.
I can’t recommend him enough to the beginner, the intermediate and the expert golfer!”
“Lessons with Matt Prior took me from a beginner golfer to a skill level where my husband and his friends invite me to play on their scramble team in tournaments.
Matt made me feel comfortable during lessons so that I could focus on learning skills and gaining confidence in my game. The quality and enthusiasm of the instruction has inspired a love of golf that will last a lifetime.”
Erin Bradley Holmes