About John

John McCartin is a 25-year PGA Member, and in 2006 earned the distinct honor of PGA Certification in Teaching. He became only the third PGA Member in the Illinois Section with this designation. From 1997 to 2009 he was a Lead Instructor for the Dave Pelz ...


Diversey Driving Range

141 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60657

Individual Lesson
30 Mins, In-Person, 1 Adult



Individual Lesson
60 Mins, In-Person, 1 Adult



Individual Lesson Semi-Private (2 people)
60 Mins, In-Person, 1 Adult



Individual Lesson Semi-Private (3 people)
60 Mins, In-Person, 3 Adult



Individual Lesson Semi-Private (4 people)
60 Mins, In-Person, 4 Adult



Individual Junior Lesson
60 Mins, In-Person, 1 Junior



The junior lesson applies to aspiring golfers between the ages of 7 and 17. The minimum age for private instruction is 7 years old.

28 Reviews

John’s great. He provides simple instructions that make a big difference. And he’s always positive. I inv...

Donald D - August 14, 2023

Really enjoyed John’s approach to teaching. As someone who also trains and instructs at his job, I can definite...

Justin C - August 12, 2023

Had my first lesson with John this morning and will be scheduling the next soon. Excellent approach in terms of simpl...

Andrew W - July 26, 2023

Absolutely walking away with a great understanding of how to analyze what I’m doing or not doing in my swing. I...

Alan T - July 17, 2023

Very patient instructional coaching style! It was helpful to not just learn what we had to do but also understand the...

Marguerite S - July 16, 2023

John was incredibly helpful and got right to the heart of my issues immediately. I feel much more confident already i...

Kenny M - July 14, 2023

Great lesson! Clearly communicated what I needed to adjust and why, and very patient as I slowly figured it out. Sa...

Krista R - July 6, 2023

John is easy to work with and quickly diagnosed some easy improvements to my swing. Very helpful.

Mark L - June 21, 2023

I really learned a lot. I cannot wait to practice. Look forward to the next lesson. John was a great instructor.

Renee D - June 16, 2023

John did a great job of focusing on the basics that allowed me to deliver greater results much more consistently. Loo...

Will B - June 13, 2023

Can't say enough great things about John. In just one lesson, he was able to fix some major issues with my swing...

James V - June 8, 2023

John was amazing! We did a couples lesson and John taught us both so much to improve our swings. Cannot wait to sche...

Katherine K - May 30, 2023

Gave me some great things to work on. Easy to talk to and great feedback on my swing.

David R - May 26, 2023

Have had multiple lessons with John over the years. He is always able to explain swing adjustments in a manner that ...

Tracy L - May 17, 2023

Great lesson! He could tell very quickly what I needed to help me improve

Benjamin C - May 17, 2023

Great lesson, highly recommend for anyone looking for tips to improve their game.

Ethan H - May 11, 2023

John was great, gave me some tips that were immediately helpful on my swing. Looking forward to trying them on the co...

MATTHEW G - May 10, 2023

Very helpful feedback! Explained everything in simple ways and was extremely patient. Was very knowledgeable about al...

Paige G - May 5, 2023

Very attentive to detail and explains concepts clearly and in a way you can immediately understand

Christopher G - April 15, 2023

John was great! Identified issues and explained things in ways that clicked for me, gave me concrete things to work o...

Stephen D - November 3, 2022

I have taken more than 5 classes with John and learn something new in each one.

Will H - October 17, 2022

John is a great instructor. He explains challenging topics in clear language that helped me understand things that I&...

Ed A - October 11, 2022

John is a fantastic teacher. He breaks down this complex game into manageable pieces of advice that always seem to wo...

Neil S - September 20, 2022

John has been an excellent golf teacher/coach for me. Swing after swing he can spot every small detail I need to im...

Janet S - September 20, 2022

Great teacher! Will repeat for sure!

Ignasi T - June 15, 2022

John was great. He is extremely positive and has a way of communicating what you’re doing well and what could u...

Nick J - June 14, 2022

John was punctual, provided simple fixes for me to improve my sand play, improved my putting ball strike, speed &...

Matthew R - June 13, 2022

Love John- very helpful, easy to understand And good tips for set up, swing and body movement

Steve B - June 9, 2022

Areas of Focus

  • Putting
  • Short Game
  • Full Swing
  • Bunker Play
  • Fundamentals
  • Jr. Golf
  • Women's Golf
  • Mental Game
  • Competitive Golf

Teaching Experience

  • PGA Tour of Canada
  • Champions Tour
  • Collegiate Golfers
  • LPGA Tour
  • Mini Tours
  • Nationwide / Web.com
  • PGA Tour

Playing Experience

  • PGA Section Events

Club Fitting Certifications

  • Callaway

Teaching Tools

  • Aim Point
  • V1 Video
  • Video Analysis


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