Nathan Smith hits a tee shot Sept. 13, 2012, during the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo courtesy of USGA)
For all of those golfers who want to improve their games, Golf Shadow is about to be open for business in Murfreesboro.
Golf Shadow hopes to help those players hit longer drives, more accurate putts, and improve short games. One of the company’s founders, Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Stanko, has asked one of the best amateur players in the nation, Nathan Smith, to help in the project.
“Golf Shadow is a website that offers online teaching from some of the best teachers in the country,” Smith said. “It also offers interactive chatting to improve your golf game with golfers around the world. Up-to-date articles in regards to physical fitness and swing thoughts will also be available.”
Stanko added the website will help golfers of all playing levels with every aspect of the sport.
“This includes online swing analysis, lessons, video instruction database, customized mobile applications, handicap and shot-tracker data, and whole host of other innovative toots,” said Stanko, who is a Murfreesboro resident.
Stanko, started the Golf Shadow program, based out of Murfreesboro, because he wanted to help players get tips on making their play on the course better.
“I have been an avid golfer all my life, and aside from family, it’s my biggest passion,” Stanko said. “I had been working on my game a lot over the past year, but I struggled with finding affordable, effective and efficient resources to help me improve. That’s when I realized that there are a lot of other golfers like me with the same dilemmas. Providing solutions to these problems became the basis for creating Golf Shadow.”
Smith, who is 34 and lives in Pittsburgh, has become one of the top amateur golfers in the nation.
Last month, Smith won his fourth U.S. Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championships in Illinois at Conway Farms. With the victory, he earned another trip to compete in the Masters Tournament in April in Augusta, Ga.
“It still has not sunk in yet,” Smith said, of qualifying for the major for the fourth time in his career. “I cannot get my arms around it. It’s just so hard to believe that I was lucky enough to win and I am going back.”
The golfers in all levels of the sport have a special place for one of the premier courses in the world. For Smith, it is no different being one of the few lucky ones to play in the Masters.
“The scene at Augusta is overwhelming,” Smith said. “The course and tournament are first class all the way, and I’m so lucky to be going back. It’s surreal to be on the grounds down there let alone play in the Masters. It feels like your dreaming and you never want to wake up. To play in the Masters is maximum fun and you will experience a nervousness in the tournament that you will never feel again in this game.”
As for the partnership between Stanko and Smith, it started from playing several rounds on the course with each other. He said he feels Smith is a great fit for the Golf Shadow program.
“He’s dynamic but even a better person than golfer,” Stanko said. “We grew up playing golf together, and his personality has not changed despite all of the success. His passion for the game makes him a perfect fit for Golf Shadow."