To the average golfer, looking to get better…

This site was created for you.  

While everyone could use some Golf Lessons from a PGA Professional, for a variety of reasons that’s not always possible. Here at The Left Rough, our goal is to help you learn the essential concepts of golf without getting overly complicated so that you can improve your game through understanding.

As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Our mission is to help you learn to fish.


Charlie Parsons

Charlie is the Editor-in-Chief, one of the founders of this website, and a regular golfer just like you.  He has been playing golf for 35 years and at some point struggled in most areas of the game. Through hard work and self-taught understanding of the game, Charlie is now a single digit handicap. Charlie is a golf gear junkie and loves testing new equipment and training aids.  He is also an informal coach / mentor to many golfers trying to break 80 for the first time.

Writers & Contributors

Michael Leonard

Michael Leonard is an avid golfer of 25 years who played in high school, college, and now competes in Arizona amateur events. He’s turned his passion for the game into becoming a freelance golf writer and Mental Golf Type® Certified Coach based in Scottsdale, AZ. He’s written several golf books including, Wicked Smart GolfPlay Better Golf and Shoot Lower Scores Without Changing Your Swing. 

Michael is also the creator of Wicked Smart Golf Podcast and a +2 handicap who has played in 200+ tournament days since 2017 (including Q-School in 2019). He’s very passionate about the game and wants to help more people enjoy the sport and reach their full potential.

Eric Peyton

Eric is a golf professional from Iowa who has been playing, teaching, writing, and talking about the game for a living since 2006. He’s worked at several different courses including Prairie Dunes Country Club, a top 20 course in the country. 

He now has his own teaching business, Eric Peyton Golf, where he gives both in-person and online lessons. Eric also hosts a golf podcast called “the Looper podcast” where he interviews interesting people in golf and provides instructional content.

We thank you for being a reader!