Golf Ambassador: Scott Wilkerson
Golf Tech Tools Make Life on the Road Easier for Shaft Expert/College Golf Coach
Scott Wilkerson is a busy man. The PGA and Global Tour Equipment Representative for UST Mamiya Shafts, he travels with the PGA Tour and other pro tours for the popular shaft manufacturer – using launch monitors to custom-fit tour pros and adjust the specs on their current equipment. On top of that, Wilkerson is Assistant Golf Coach at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., where he uses tech products as part of the team’s indoor training facility. Combining the jobs, Wilkerson is on the road up to 45 weeks every year. That said, he acknowledges that The Indoor Golf Shop equipment he uses – such as launch monitors, impact screens, projectors, netting and turf mats – makes life a lot simpler for both of his jobs.
“Launch motor technology has changed tremendously in recent years because of the access to information we couldn’t get otherwise,” he says. “It has made my job as a fitter much easier, due to seeing immediate data points like launch and spin, ball speed and clubhead speed that I use every day with players. It also gives me opportunities to test products, new prototype shafts, and existing shafts with tour level swings and players in the same area of speed and precision. On the college side, it allows me to make sure all of my male and female college players are playing the right equipment, and that all of their equipment fits them based on what their individual teachers are doing with their golf swings.”
He says his relationship with The Indoor Golf Shop has been beneficial because he has all of the necessary technology with him all of the time for testing on tour and at home with the college team. And with Cumberland’s complete on-campus indoor testing center, that allows him to always have a place to fit players and for them to practice when the weather doesn’t allow them to work outside.
"It’s really a dream situation for him, as he’s always been passionate about teaching and fitting. Prior to his current situation, Wilkerson worked with a lot of up-and-coming young players at a club where he served as head professional. “I was always looking to get into coaching and the opportunity happened at Cumberland when the coach moved on to another school,” he says. “I knew the athletic director and he gave me the chance. It was very close to home, which made it an easy decision.”
Wilkerson says he’s constantly getting ideal feedback on UST’s shafts because he has top-tier players constantly testing them. “It seems like almost every time I work with a PGA Tour pro or a college player, I learn something new or learn a different way to go about fitting them into the proper shaft,” he says. “So, every time I gain some type of new knowledge, that helps me with the next player. But I really can’t say enough about The Indoor Golf Shop meeting my tech needs. I’ve had a great relationship with some of the guys there from previous jobs and those bonds have gotten even stronger through working with them again. I rely on them for their knowledge, and they have never failed me.”