History – Bio Information
Company (Shop) Name: Hodson Golf LLC
Contact Person: Andrew Hodson
Address: c/o Independence Golf Club, 600 Founders Bridge Blvd, Midlothian, VA 23113
Phone #: 804-475-6311
History – Bio Info:
Welcome to Hodson Golf! Pictured above are generations #2, #3 and #4 which all started with my grandfather Bert Hodson who played in the 1931 Ryder Cup. Although we have come a long way from those early days back in Wales, Hodson Golf is on the cutting edge of today’s ever changing golf environment. Hodson Golf is constantly evolving its product line and utilizes the latest technology in its fitting process. Hodson Golf utilizes one of the areas only doppler radar based launch monitors at our private indoor/outdoor fitting studio complete with real grass, real greens, real bunkers, and real balls. We don’t use nets and we use real golf balls during our fittings (not those rocks used at most driving ranges). Hodson Golf brings PGA Tour Repair experience to our fitting and club-building experience, where our customers get the same service provided to touring pro’s at most PGA Tour events. Not only can you get professionally fit from a Golf Digest “America’s 100 best clubfitters” , you can then come into our PGA Tour trailer and watch us actually build YOUR club! Hodson Golf is proud of our established connections to the PGA Tour and to our manufacturers, which allows us to receive pre-release “Tour Prototype” heads and shafts which we routinely incorporate into our fitting process and product offerings. Custom fittings are scheduled by appointment only at our private facility (not available to the public). Hodson Golf also operates 2 tour trailers which services various professional and amateur events within the Mid-Atlantic Region. Please visit our website for more information regarding our services, products, events, and tournament schedule.
ANDREW HODSON – I have been in this business since I was a kid and have fond memories of being taught how to re-grip clubs when I was nine (my father would pay me a whole $.25 per grip!) This soon progressed to most facets of club repair and by the time I was 14 I had a full blown business re-finishing persimmon & laminate wood heads for most of the local country clubs (special thanks to Ed King who taught me to re-finish and helped me set up my first repair operation in my parents basement). Although I did not follow in the steps of my father and grandfather on a professional golfing level, my love of the game and commitment to accurately fit equipment has only grown. My focus these days is fitting and I am proud to be a top 100 fitter for most brands in addition to sitting on Callaway Golf’s International fitters board. I have been honored to receive the Top-100 fitters designation from Golf Digest ever since they began this prestigious ranking. My son Drew pictured above now represents the 4th generation and I still enjoy having him alongside me in the tour-trailer building and repairing all facets of modern day clubs. I have PGA Tour repair experience and own/operate a true PGA Tour Trailer complete with all the modern-day gadgets needed to professional “tweak” and upgrade the modern day heads.
I have known Kelly for many years and we all here at Hodson Golf are excited to have him on-board as a staff fitter. Kelly has just completed a state of the art indoor fitting/teaching studio at Independence. Being able to utilize our unique and extensive fitting system, along with his state of the art launch monitor (both indoors and outside on the range), will allow Kelly to continue our tradition of a professional and thorough custom fitting. Due to Kelly’s busy schedule with teaching, he will have limited availability for fitting so please contact us to schedule a private session with Kelly at Independence Golf Club.
About Kelly Hall
A Class “A” Professional for over 20 years, Kelly has spent time in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and Florida during his career. He has worked at public, resort and private facilities, giving him a wealth of experience and knowledge due to the differences of each type of property and location. He brings the best of those experiences to Independence along with fresh ideas for where the game is going in the future.
A Pennsylvania native, Kelly began his golf life playing around the yard to homemade “greens” with only a 9 iron. His first job was at the local public course in the bag room cleaning clubs and carts. Were it not for John Kulhamer, his first pro and boss, he would not be a pro today. Fast forward over 30 years and you can now see the culmination of a love of the game, a desire to help others and a wealth of experience in one glance of his eyes. 25 plus years of teaching have made those eyes keen and taught him a lot about how people learn. But today’s golf industry is much different than those early days, so to be relevant, you have to evolve with your clients. Kelly has stayed current with today’s industry and offers video analysis, non-traditional learning environments and on course evaluations.
He is also a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Instructor. The TPI Certification program is an evidence based, educational pathway designed to teach industry professionals how to increase player performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing. This concept is called the Body-Swing Connection™.