AJ Avoli is the Director of Instruction at the beautiful Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, CA. With over 15 years of experience in golf instruction, he has seen it all when it comes to figuring out a golf course. Whether it’s the first time you are playing a course/hole, there are still some things you need to consider before teeing off! AJ Avoli gives us a great playing lesson while out on the Champions side of the golf course on the risk/reward of hitting a driver off of a unique tee location.

The Situation

A.J. suggests that Colton should aim for the left side of the fairway and use the wind to his advantage. He also suggests that if Colton hits it too far, it’s not the worst case scenario.

For golfers who hit it right to left, A.J. suggests aiming just inside the fairway line and playing a right to left shot. He encourages Colton to be aggressive and confident in his decision.



Golf is a game of strategy and risk-taking. Colton was able to take A.J.’s advice and make a successful shot, proving that sometimes it pays to be aggressive.


A master teacher of the game, A.J. was certified by and held senior positions with the PGA TOURAcademies, Hank Haney Golf World Headquarters, and The Jim McLean Golf Schools. Currently, AJ is the Director of Golf Instruction at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA.

Proficient in the latest golf technologies, A.J. is noted for his keen abilities to take a golfer’s game to the next level and for his expert guidance in teaching the mental game of golf. Avoli is passionate in the field of Golf Fitness and holds a degree in Professional Golf Management.

Congenial and generous with his time and attention, A.J. has taught golf schools, private lessons, clinics and junior camps for over a decade. He has taught the world’s elite juniors, in Asia, over the past few years and continues to expand his influence to make the game of golf available to the community at large by donating his time to several charitable organizations.

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