Derek Hooper is the Director of Instruction at the Troon Golf Academy Lake of Isles, Connecticut. Recognized as one of the best Instructors in New England, Derek specializes in working with each student on their entire game - technical, mental and physical. He will work with you to design a personalized game improvement program that will achieve your individual goals.

Meet Derek
About us
  • Sports science degree from Univ. of Queensland, Aus
  • AAA member of Australian PGA
  • 2013 – 16 Golf Digest Best Instructors in State
  • Titleist Perf. Institute Certified Level II Golf Coach.
  • NG360 Golf Performance Specialist
  • Hank Haney certified Level III Instructor
  • Top Instructor in NE, New England Golf Monthly
  • Trackman Level II Certified Professional
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  • "I'm hitting the ball much better" Glen H
    Thank you for my time spent with you at the academy, my golf swing and striking the golf ball has greatly improved. I am hitting the ball much better than I have ever hit it before
  • "First hole in one" David H
    I just wanted to let you know that lessons with you have paid off in a big way. Yesterday I hit my first ever hole-in-one in league play. Hit a gorgeous (if I must say so myself) towering 9 iron, right at the pin. I didn’t see it go in, but based on the ball mark it backed up about 8 feet and went in the hole. What a thrill!! Thank you for the swing changes and pointers.
  • "New career low round" Judd M
    Thanks again for all your help in my golf game. My scores continue to improve. I shot my low round ever the weekend before last, 81. The new handicap revision came out today and I’m down to 13.7. It’s amazing to think I was a 24 when I started taking lessons from you.
  • "I'm hitting the ball fantastic" Ian M
    I played 18 today and worked on trusting the things we have been working on. I hit the ball fantastically for the most part and was very pleased. You are an amazing teacher and I can't wait to come take regular lessons from you.
  • "Golf is fun again" Damon W
    Since taking my lesson with you, my golf game has improved so much! I have lowered both my scores and handicap. I have gained 20 yards with my full swings on all of my clubs and hit more fairways and greens. I am scoring more par's and getting the occasional birdie. I cannot thank you enough for helping me and making golf fun for me.


21 Sep, 2015

The Mindset Critical to Improving Your Golf Game

You work hard on your golf game. You take regular golf lessons, you go to the range to work on your game and play a few times a week, yet your game just doesn’t seem to be getting any better….

14 Sep, 2015

Consistency in Golf is Not the Key to Lower Scores

When I talk to golfers about the things they believe they need to do to shoot lower scores, I usually get two answers – hit longer shots and more consistency. Today I want to focus on the mis-belief that players…

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