Todd Sones, Owner

Todd began his golf career in 1981. After working as a club professional for 15 years culminating with the position of Director of Golf at the prestigious Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake forest Illinois, he decided to completely turn his attention to coaching golf, opening Impact Golf in 1997. Todd gathered his experience over the last 37 year working with thousands of people of all types giving over 60,000 private lessons in his career.

When asked who Todd likes to work with, he would answer “anyone that really wants to get better and is willing to do their part”. Joe Durant, Scott McCarron, Robert Gamez, Shaun Micheel, Jay Williamson, 1996 Men’s U.S. Open Champion Steve Jones , Paul Goydos, Chip Beck, Stephanie Louden, and 2003 U.S. Women”s Open Champion, Hilary Lunke are just some of the PGA/LPGA professionals who have been coached by Todd.

Todd founded the Impact Golf School at White Deer Run in 1997 with the goal of becoming the most comprehensive instruction program in the country. In 2016 Impact Golf was given the “Editors Choice Award” for best school by Golf Digest.

Todd has been voted one of the Top 100 Golf Instructors in America by Golf Magazine since it’s inception 1996 and has remained on that list consecutively for 24 years, as well as one of the 50 Greatest Teachers in America by Golf Digest. He has twice been named Teacher of the Year and been given the Horton Smith award three times in the Illinois PGA, and was awarded the National PGA Horton Smith Award in 2019.

Todd has published over 100 articles in major publications, such as Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Todd has also published 3 successful books; “Lights Out Putting” , “Saving Par”, “The Scoring Zone” and his latest book “In The Zone”.  Todd developed “The Scoring Zone” short game system that has helped thousands of people to significantly lower their average score.

Todd has also developed and patented the “Tri-Fit” system for custom fitting putters, which has helped players of levels and gender substantially improve their putting skills.

 

  • Rates: $200 / 45 minutes

Staff Coaches

Mason Wall, Lead Coach

Mason graduated with high honors from the Myrtle Beach campus of the Golf Academy of America in the Spring of 2015. After meeting Mason during a campus visit, Todd offered him a position on staff as an apprentice instructor. After completing all Impact Golf testing, as well as 500 observational hours during 2015, Mason joined our staff as a full time instructor in 2016. In 2018, Mason was named Senior Instructor at Impact Golf. Mason was recently awarded Top 100 Alumni from The Golf Academy of America for 2018.

  • Rate: $120/hr
  • Jr Rate: $100/hr

Jeff Williams, Coach

Jeff has been teaching golf professionally for 13 years. He graduated as the President of his class from Golf Academy of America Phoenix campus with honors in 2009.

Jeff was a part of the Impact Golf Instructional staff for 5 years at White Deer Run after graduating from the Golf Academy. Jeff gained valuable experience to start his teaching career at Michiana Golf Academy in Indiana for 7 years. Jeff also taught in San Diego at Boulder Oaks for a year before returning to Chicago to rejoin the Impact Golf Team.

His passion is to help his students improve their game holistically maximizing their scoring potential by working on short game, full swing and putting. His students from juniors to senior players range from beginners to scratch, social to competitive. Jeff gets results for his students, achieving success under his care, teaching and leadership.

  • Rate: $100/hr
  • Jr Rate: $80/hr

Jennifer Dietrich, Coach

Jennifer was born and raised on the North side of Chicago. She began golf when she was 7 years old. At 12 years old, she began working with Todd Sones who became her primary swing instructor leading to many junior titles and success. For two years, she attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School, where she led the team to the Illinois State Finals for the first time in school history. For her last two years of high school, she attended the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at IMG Academy where she competed regularly on national junior tours including the AJGA, FCWT, IJGT & Hurricane Tour.

As a result of a successful junior golf career, she was recruited to play for the Rollins College Women’s Golf Team. After graduating college, Jennifer worked in advertising and marketing. After a few years without golf being the core of her life, she attended and graduated from the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix, Arizona to pursue her passion and ultimate goal of becoming a golf instructor. Jennifer spent her summer before graduating, apprenticing with Todd Sones and his instructors, completing the 500 observation hours necessary to instruct at the Todd Sones Golf Academy. Any free time Jennifer had while attending the Golf Academy of America was spent observing well known instructors, such as Mike and Sandy Labauve, Mark Winkley, and Char Carlson

  • Rate: $80/hr
  • Jr Rate: $60/hr

Andrew Benton, Coach – (May-August)

Andrew has been with Impact Golf for 10 years doing set-up for all of the golf schools, while he apprenticed to be an instructor. He has spent the last six summer seasons as an instructor. During the winter, Andrew teaches advanced math at Antioch High School. Andrew also played competitively at both the high school and college levels.

  • Rate: $80/hr
  • Jr Rate: $60/hr

Chris Bautista, Associate Coach

Chris is originally from Round Lake, Illinois. After working with Todd and his staff on his own game, through his high school and college years, Chris realized he had a true passion to help people play better golf. To pursue his dream of coaching golf, he moved to San Diego to attend the Golf Academy of America graduating with honors in 2018. During the last 4 summers, Chris worked with Todd at Todd Sones Impact Golf, setting up for schools while also observing and learning from Todd and our staff of coaches.  With a lot of experience with Impact golf already, we are excited to welcome Chris to our staff as an Associate Coach. Chris will be in charge of all our service programs such as New Student Game evaluations, Find Your Carry Distances and Loft and Lie adjustments.

  • Rate: $60/hr
  • Jr Rate: $40/hr