OUR MISSION is to provide a tour-level coaching experience customized to help players achieve their goals; we accomplish this by using cutting-edge technology in an unparalleled learning environment.
Elliot Wilson and Stew Surratt grew up together in Harrisonburg, VA. They played against each other and as partners in junior golf and were members of the Harrisonburg High golf team. They roomed together at New Mexico State University, where each earned a marketing degree and PGA Class A status through the Professional Golf Management program.
Their work paths took different directions after college. Still, the two have come back to Virginia and established Custom Golf of Virginia, a multi-layered coaching experience based at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, VA. Custom Golf aims to make you better as a player, whether you are a seasoned professional or new to the game, through knowledgeable golf coaching combined with the best technology resources and a world-class, year-round outdoor teaching facility. “Looking at Independence and our facilities, we have a huge grass range that gives us the capability to have a mobile outdoor hitting bay where we can hit off grass year-round,” says Wilson, the director of golf at Independence. The technology includes V1 Sports (teaching software) and a GC Quad Foresight launch monitor for gathering clubface and ball data. Two hitting bays located beneath the protective mobile canopy by CoverShots will have mounted TV screens that display what the coaches are looking at on the computer. “Players will be able to understand the change we’re making and what it’s doing to the performance of each shot,” Wilson says. Wilson and Surratt are fully invested in each player’s golf game and being coaches. “We feel it is important to conduct all club fittings and coaching on natural grass, and for each player to see the ball fly in the air to validate results like you would see on a golf course,” Surratt says.