Ron del Barrio
The early years…
As an esteemed professional golfer, Ron del Barrio, played on the international circuit for several years, starting in 1988. Maintaining a winning status and an exemplary reputation among his peers, Mr. del Barrio consistently demonstrated an impressive technique as well as an enviable performance record.
Following a near fatal car accident in 1993, which severely injured his back, he endured a strenuous 9 month rehabilitation. Although he was unable to resume his award-winning career as a competitor, Ron decided to concentrate his talent on a far more meaningful endeavor, teaching.
In the early 90’s Ron was fortunate to work with future star Anthony Kim and have a hand in developing his core fundamentals he still possesses today. Throughout the 90’s Ron built quite a reputation, accumulating a large clientele of “A” list celebrities including Sly Stallone, Will Smith, Pete Sampras, and Joe Pesci, just to name a few. Over the years he’s become affectionately known as “the golf pro to the stars”, however he still maintains the passion to teach the passive golf method to all who want to improve their game.
More recently, in January 2010, Ron was inside the ropes on the West Coast Swing of the P.G.A. Tour. He was working with Jesper Parnavik, who with a lower back injury, was attempting to make a comeback and change his swing to help save his back. In April of that same year, after not having played a round of golf competitively or otherwise, Ron won the Annual Pro-Am Tournament at Calabasas Country Club, shooting 68 in a field of 82 pros, walking away with the first place trophy.
Ron coined the phrase, “Passive Golf,” out of necessity to create a different method of approaching the golf swing. He has been respected for his pivotal theories of application on technique and the physical aspects of golf, and revered as a decisive and disciplined instructor. Ron has truly succeeded in a tireless effort to propel his career and methodology. Highly motivated and a true inspirational leader, Ron has trained thousands of golf enthusiasts from amateur to the professional level.