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.