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Collaborating Means Assessing and Not Guessing

Chris Finn, a 2021 GFAA Off-Course Award Winner, is the Founder and CEO of Par4Success in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Ryan Webb, a 2021 and 2022 GRAA Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional, is the PGA Director of Instruction at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina.

After almost three years since kicking off Golf Fitness Monthly, many of our best stories have been about collaboration, whether it’s the golf and fitness teams at a club collaborating for their members or professionals from multiple facilities joining together to present their product and services in a professional and unified manner.

Chris Finn is a licensed physical therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, TPI-certified medical professional, certified nutrition coach and a Golf Fitness Association of America Off-Course Award Winner. He celebrates ten years in 2023 since starting Par4Success in the back of his car with a treatment table and bands.

Ryan Webb is a Golf Range Association of America Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional and the PGA Director of Instruction at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Today, these award-winning professionals are combining their knowledge and expertise to introduce the merits of fitness to golfers of all ages and skill levels.

They met two years ago when Webb was conducting an elite junior clinic using resistance training in his curriculum. As they talked and realized that they held similar philosophies in this area of training and performance, the relationship manifested into an exciting business arrangement that is destined to help clients from both facilities with their fitness, as well as their golf swing.

“One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is to present a comprehensive approach to game improvement that includes a teaching professional, a mental coach and a fitness professional,” Finn explained. “One of the reasons I reached out to Ryan was because his background was similar to mine in mindset and approach. The average golfer is going to put in maybe 90 minutes to two hours per week. How can we optimize that time – fitness, instruction or both?”

Finn and Webb held an introductory presentation at North Ridge in May to highlight the initial program that they’ll be facilitating together. “I think we’re going to meld so well because when we met, Chris knew what I was doing, and I realized that this was someone who could work with me, as opposed to creating something separate from me,” Webb explained.

The implementation of their shared program will coincide with the opening of a new 11,000-sq. ft. Par4Success facility. Finn will have multiple golf simulators, treatment rooms and a full gym with equipment and tools to help students in their game improvement journey. They’ll even have a chipping and putting green in the back of the facility. Finn says the new performance center will be a mile and a half from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which creates the opportunity to serve clients who are flying in and out of the area and have little time to deviate from their busy schedules.

The duo will work closely to exchange specific details about mutual clients to determine what needs to be done when they’re not physically working together with that individual. They have a third professional, Dr. Nick Molinaro, who will handle the mental coaching. Finn also has physical therapists and trainers who will travel to North Ridge to work with Webb with students and present that holistic approach that both of these professionals envisioned for themselves long before crossing the other’s path.

The shared program kicked off on June 10 with a four-hour clinic that educated 12 North Ridge members in the mental, physical and technical aspects of the golf swing. Now that they’ve established the program in person, they have a vision of working with their students virtually as well. After all, not all of the clinic participants will require the same training. Some will need physical work with Finn, whereas others will need swing work with Webb. And being golfers, they can all probably use the mental game expertise of Dr. Molinaro. The team is delivering a triple win by breaking down barriers to collaboration – a win for them, a win for the clients and a win for the golf industry at large.