Welcome to Mike Paukovits Golf,

Mike is a dedicated PGA Teaching Professional who is passionate about coaching and growing the game of golf. If Mike is not giving a lesson, you will probably find him working on his own game or competing in a golf tournament! He believes in an all encompassing, balanced approach to coaching his students towards reaching their true potential. Mike is also the Head Golf Coach for NCAA Division II Chestnut Hill College Men's Golf Team.


Mike currently teaches at a few of the area's best indoor golf simulator locations. He teaches at Play-a-Round Golf's two locations in Malvern and Ardmore. Mike also teaches at Five Iron Golf in Philadelphia as well as conducting on-course coaching sessions at several public golf courses in the Philadelphia area.  


I invite you to learn more about myself, my background, and my teaching philosophy. Please allow me to share my passion with you and help you reach your golfing potential!  

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How to Hit Hybrids and Turn Your Long Game into a Strength

The hybrid is a real game changer: It's forgiving, versatile and easy to hit—for most golfers. But if you're struggling to enjoy its many benefits, you may be swinging it with a sweeping, fairway wood motion. The result? Thin or fat contact. Instead, treat your hybrid more like a 6-iron. The goal is to make a more upright iron-like swing with enough of a descending blow to clip the ball off the turf. Follow my setup and swing keys listed below. You'll soon be hitting a lot more greens (from a lot farther out), and your hybrid will become your favorite club!

  1. Proper Ball Position. Letting the ball creep too far forward or back in your stance makes it difficult to hit down on the ball with a proper weight shift. Place the toe of the hybrid against your left heel, with the club face pointing toward your body, and set the ball opposite the hosel. Use an alignment stick to check this position while on the driving range.                                                                                                                                                               

  2. Shoulder Width Stance. You don't need a wide base. Set your heels under your armpits (shoulder width apart). A narrower stance makes it easier to deliver a descending blow—it prevents the "roundness" that leads to thin and fat shots.                                                                                                                                                                 

  3. Forward Press. A little shaft lean will promote ball-first, ground-second contact. Press your hands forward until they're even with your left thigh. Think of your hybrids as mid-irons, and you'll soon be hitting them high and landing them softly on the green.                                                                                                                                      

  4. Swing Easy, Hit it Farther. Hybrids are longer than most approach-shot clubs, but that's not your cue to swing harder. Think “smooth transition” and imagine the tempo you would use to hit a short iron or even a wedge. Don't worry—most hybrids have enough loft and a lower center of gravity to allow you to hit the ball high and far, even with a less than full swing. 



Ernie Els “The Big Easy” certainly demonstrates that smooth tempo. Notice how his ball position is forward of center, but not up as far his left instep. Also, he has shifted his weight left and is in a great position in his downswing to make a descending blow to the ball. 

So to recap, we need to setup properly in order to hit hybrids solid. Always make sure to swing easy and allow the club to bottom out and strike the ground. If you find that you are really having a tough time hitting the longer clubs in your bag, be sure to schedule some time with me this Fall for a lesson or a fitting for some new hybrids!


Interested in learning more about how I can help?


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Mike does things differently compared to most traditional golf instructors, he is more than just a swing instructor. Mike is a golf coach who will help you improve all aspects of your game necessary in order to help you reach your golfing potential and shoot the lowest scores possible in the shortest amount of time. This may involve some technical instruction, but it will more than likely also involve some course management, mental, and short game coaching as well. If this sounds like a process that makes sense to you, then I'd love to help you improve and accomplish your goals!

Use one of the links below to get started on an accelerated path to improving your game and reaching your golfing potential!

Click Here to book your New Student Assessment Session at Play-a-Round Golf - Ardmore

Click Here to book your New Student Assessment Session at Play-a-Round Golf - Malvern

Click Here to book your New Student Assessment Session at Five Iron Golf - Philadelphia

Click Here to book your New Student Assessment Session at a Golf Course Near You


"There is nothing in this game of golf that can't be improved upon if you practice."

~ Patty Berg

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"Amazing teacher. Mike is one the best golf coaches out there. He was essential in my preparation for the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament and also very hands on in helping my son with his first few golf lessons."

Kyle Lowry

Starting Point Guard, Toronto Raptors

2019 NBA World Champions


"Amazing teacher. Mike is one the best golf coaches out there. He was essential in my preparation for the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament and also very hands on in helping my son with his first few golf lessons."


Kyle Lowry

   Starting Point Guard, Toronto Raptors

   2019 NBA World Champions

"Mike is very knowledgeable and very friendly. The lesson was geared to what I needed and I felt I picked up many tips for improving. Mike makes the lesson fun and enjoyable."

Betty Dawson

   West Chester, PA


  • Jim McLean Golf School Certified Instructor


  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified


  • Class "A" PGA Member

  • DII Head Golf Coach at Chestnut Hill College


  • GALV Lehigh Valley Open Champion, 2014

  • U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach


  • Eyeline Golf Certified Instructor

  • Operation 36 Certified Golf Coach


  • Robins Golf Logistix Member





Play-a-Round Golf - Ardmore

56 Greenfield Ave.

Ardmore, PA 19003

Play-a-Round Golf - Malvern

245 Lancaster Ave.

Malvern, PA 19355


Five Iron Golf - Philadelphia

2116 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103


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