PGA Pro Roger King

Roger King became the PGA Head Golf Professional in 2016. Roger came to Sugarbush from The Country Club of Barre where he was the PGA Professional for 14 years. Prior to working in Barre, Roger worked at multiple courses in Massachusetts, Maine, Illinois, and Florida.

In his 20+ years in the golf industry, Roger has won many professional and playing awards. He has been voted Vermont PGA Rookie of the Year (2002), Merchandiser of the Year (Public 2009), and the highest award the VTPGA gives out, The PGA Professional of the Year twice (2012 & 2018). Roger has also won the New England PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year (2012).

His playing accomplishments included qualifying for the Professional National Championship that was held in Monterey, CA in 2012. His local playing awards include VTPGA Stroke Play Champion (2003), VTPGA Match Play Champion (2012) as well as many pro/am and pro/pro victories.

Roger is married to Erin King since 2010. They have a beautiful daughter named Nelle who was born in 2012, and a son named Shafer born in June of 2016. They reside in Barre, and are proud and excited to be part of the Sugarbush team.

Golf Tips from Roger

Goals, You Gotta Have Goals.

It is always a good idea to have a plan going into the golf season. As the season starts, sit down and write a few things that you would like to happen with your golf game. Once you've done that, write down how you are going to obtain those goals.

For instance, do you want to lower your handicap by 4 strokes? Do you want to win the Valley League? Do you want to play more golf? How about trying to qualify for the state amateur?

If lowering your handicap is your goal, how can that happen? Start by figuring out what part of your game needs the most work. Write down a game plan on how you will be able to work on and improve your game. Then contact me to set up some lessons to talk about and start the process to a better golf game.

Not only is the physical act of hitting a golf ball important, so is the mental preparation. This mental game plan consists of preshot routine, visualization, and knowing your strengths and weaknesses. No matter your handicap, you can be better here by being better prepared.

So lets start on the right foot and get prepared for a great golf season.

Shortening the Gap

During the course of 18 holes, how many shots do you have that are shorter than your 9 iron goes? I hit a wedge of some sort every hole. Whether I am hitting a full shot, chip, or bunker shot, I will have a wedge in my hand. The goal is to have wedges that cover all yardages as opposed to trying to hit every shot with one wedge. I have a pitching wedge that goes 125 yards, a gap wedge that goes 112 yards, a sand wedge that goes 100 yards, and a lob wedge that goes 85 yards. I do it this way so I don't have to swing too hard (which isn't good for consistency) or swing too softly (which leads to deceleration and inconsistent contact). I suggest you go to the range (or come see me) to figure out how far each club goes. If you find you have a gap in yardages (and you probably will), then we need to get a club to fill the gap. This will make the game easier and improve your scores.

Arnold Palmer's 8 Timeless Tips

- Keep still while putting
- Strengthen your grip
- Follow a countdown
- Slow your swing tempo
- Inside takeaway
- Release fully
- Point your shoulder at the ball
- Keep your head still

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