The Player’s Institute is a full service teaching organization that utilizes the best resources in the game of golf that include physical fitness, nutrition, mental and expert teaching techniques.

TPI was developed as a vision of excellence in teaching by award winning PGA Professional Michael Haywood. Many of the students within the Institute include top ranked amateurs, collegiate and professional players. Designed as a way in which to elevate the game for even the novice player, the Institute utilizes basic and advanced fundamentals that will enhance the game of any player.


Video, hands-on and on course development are the trademarks for developing the success of each player. Michael’s expertise in instruction has been recognized by multiple students throughout the country as well through published articles in major national and international publications that include Golfweek Magazine, Golf Digest, PGA Magazine, Golf Range Magazine and more.

A frequent speaker at a number of PGA and industry related forums on clubfitting & instruction Michael is widely regarded as a voice that stresses excellence in marketing, branding, and professional development. “Instruction has taken on an entirely new look from what it was 25 years ago. You have to utilize every facet of tools available to you in order to reach a broader range of player. Today, each type of player is different, and it is incumbent on PGA professionals to develop their own unique game plan for success. One that directly targets the wants and needs of the individual, but at the same time fosters a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.”

The Player’s Institute is also committed to its players and their dreams. We have always made a full commitment in time, energy and resources to our player’s success. This is evident in our current and former students who will each attest to the unwavering loyalty and commitment of The Player’s Institute toward reaching their goals.

The Building Blocks of Excellence

Some of Michael’s current student base includes PGA Tour Winner and Champions Tour professional Ronnie Black, LPGA & Ladies European Tour star Alison Walshe, Symetra Tour and former ‘Big Break’ winner Blair O’Neal, and professional Brian Prouty, and standout nationally ranked amateur Jeremy DeFalco. Former students include a number of collegiate champions, amateur greats, All-American’s, and aspiring professionals like, Josh Wilks, Tyler Neal, Rich Barcelo, Amanda Wilson, Whitney Welch, Dr. Ed Updegraff, & Jeanne-Ann Krizman.

Fitness programs are a strong part of the overall mental and physical development of the player. Michael feels strongly that quality fitness programs can lead seamlessly into the development of the aspiring tour professional and amateur everywhere. With certifications through the Titleist Performance Institute, TRX Suspension and TRX Group Training, The Player’s Institute is equipped to meet every need.

Junior Development

Junior golf is the future of the game and with proven techniques learned through various certifications and accreditations from the world of golf, The Player’s Institute is at the forefront of this development. As a co-founder of SNAG Arizona the introductory levels of the game are being taught throughout the community. By utilizing the proven techniques of SNAG Golf, The Player’s Institute lays the ground floor for enjoyment, learning, and advancement in the game to juniors everywhere.