Chad Elledge

38 years old
Born in Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Chad Elledge co-founded the Golf Leadership Academy in 2018 with Ben Bockin. The duo coaches out of GLA Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Chad grew up caddying at Meadowbrook Country Club just outside Detroit, Michigan, and developed a deep passion for helping people play better golf.

He took Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book to school with him every day, and as a caddy, used the book’s lessons to improve his players’ on-course performance. This set the stage for a lifetime of fascination and enjoyment of helping others play better golf.

Chad has 15 years of professional coaching experience and has been a PGA member for 13 years. Chad’s practical approach works with any skill level because he believes that players are uniquely qualified to decide for themselves, what works best for them. His students have won events at the junior, club, and NCAA Division 1 levels.

If you are looking to improve your performance, increase your enjoyment, reduce frustration, fear, and anxiety, or are just looking to fit in and feel more comfortable, Chad is the coach for you.

Chad’s approach is practical and player focused, not a specific swing type or style, which allows measurable progress to be made in reasonable time.

Chad graduated the Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State University in 2003. Since then, he has learned from and been trained by some of the industry’s finest teachers and coaches, including but not limited to, Bob Percey, Michael Hebron, Dr. Rick Jensen, Henry Brunton, Lynn Marriott, Pia Nilsson, Jim Flick, Stan Utley, Dave Phillips, Dr. Greg Rose, Rick Smith, and most importantly Ben Bockin.

Chad is a six-time nominee for the Michigan PGA Section Teacher Of The Year Award.

Chad’s education and certifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Vision 54 Coaching for the future, tournament coaching, and player program
  • Titleist Performance Institute Level 3 Golf Instructor and level 3 Junior Coach
  • Dr. Rick Jensen’s Golf Coaches Association
  • K-Vest Level 2
  • Growing Leaders Habitudes Partner and Facilitator
  • Countless PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits at the national and state level.​

Ben Bockin

38 years old
Born in Neenah, Wisconsin USA

Ben Bockin co-founded the Golf Leadership Academy with Chad Elledge in 2018. Ben and Chad coach out of GLA Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Ben grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin and developed a passion for the game after accomplishing his childhood goal of hitting his Dad’s Nicklaus 3 iron blade over the baseball fence.

As a freshman in high school, he was cut from the team and became more determined than ever. He spent every day that summer outworking the competition and made the team as a sophomore. His junior year, he qualified for the State Championship as an individual.

Later in his career, he pursued a childhood dream and played professionally on what is now the E-Golf Tour. He has one professional victory at the Vail International Pro-Am and his best finish on the E-Golf Tour was a 3-day total of 10 under par.

Throughout his years playing, he soon realized he got more satisfaction out of helping others rather than focusing on his own game. He was fascinated with the art of playing and helping others perform at their best.

Ben is passionate about getting his players to reach their full potential on and off the course. He is loyal, trustworthy and willing to do whatever it takes to get his players to succeed.

He is one of the few coaches in the industry who guarantees success for those in his coaching programs. His programs are not only game changers, but also life changers.

Ben is a graduate from the Professional Golfers Career College and has more than 15 years of coaching experience. He has coached players that have won at the professional, NCAA, high school and Junior level.

Throughout his career he’s been fortunate to have been trained by some on the world’s finest coaches including: Mark Sweeney, Craig Farnsworth, Mike Adams, Greg Rose, Lynn Marriott, Pia Nilsson, Joe Daniels, Jason Guss, Michael Hebron, Dr. Rick Jensen, Dave Phillips, and most importantly Chad Elledge. He has also been a speaker at the Eastern Michigan Teaching and Coaching Summit.

Ben’s certifications include, but are not limited to:

  • The Golfing Machine
  • Vision 54
  • Growing Leaders Partner and Facilitator
  • Dr. Rick Jensen’s Golf Coaches Association
  • K-Vest
  • SAMPuttLab
  • Titleist Performance Institute
  • AimPoint Green Reading
  • US Kids Golf
  • Multiple PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits
  • SeeMore Putter Institute