Golf Digest recently recognized Maderas Director of Instruction Chris Mayson as one of its top 40 teachers under the age of 40.
Being named one of America’s Best Young Teachers came after a bit of a wait for Mayson and some valuable feedback from the nomination process two years prior.
“I got asked to apply two years ago,” Mayson says. “I was mostly known for teaching elite and professional players but the feedback I got was that I didn’t teach enough amateurs, which I thought was pretty interesting.”
That critique prompted Mayson to expand his client base.
“I started teaching a few more amateurs and that experience has made me a better teacher,” he says. “I’m now able to coach a broader range of players.”
Mayson now coaches the USA Junior National Team in addition to his Maderas duties and his coaching of professionals, including PGA and LPGA tour pros. Mayson’s professional clients have included PGA Tour winner Brendan Steele, LPGA major winner Sun Young Yoo, LPGA Tour champions Beatriz Recari, IK Kim and Hee Won Han and European Tour winner and NCAA champion Maria Hernandez.
As for amateurs, in the last seven years Chris has coached 45 juniors to scholarships at universities, including Stanford, USC, UCLA, Arizona, San Francisco and San Diego St.
According to Golf Digest Senior Editor Peter Morrice, the ranking is partly based on impact on growing the game.
“We’re confident we have identified the instructors under the age of 40 who are making the biggest impact on the industry,” Morrice wrote. “The competition was very strong.”
Mayson says the recognition is both an honor and an obligation.
“It’s an honor to be included among such great teachers,” he says, “but is also makes me motivated to stay on the list and continue to achieve new things. I want to continue to educate myself so I can continue to provide the high levels of service I believe I’ve provided so far.”
You can learn more about Chris and the academy at www.chrismaysongolf.com.