Nike Advanced Junior Short Game Camp at TCU

Nike Advanced Junior Short Game Camp at TCU
Nike Advanced Junior Short Game Camp at TCU

Competitive junior golfers are invited to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth for a golf-intensive experience at our advanced short game camp. The staff is led by renowned short game specialist, Marius Filmalter, and Duke University Coach, Jon Whithaus.

Overnight Camp

Whether it be junior golf, collegiate golf, or professional golf, the best players are the ones who consistently maintain a high level of efficiency and success in all aspects of the short game. Nike Advanced Junior Short Game Camps offer evaluation, analysis, instruction and training from our highly successful instructional staff. The specialized short game work our staff members have done with their students has helped to win tournaments at the highest levels.  Our staff has worked with many PGA Tour Professionals that have achieved a significant number of professional victories, including Major Championships, as well as several NCAA National Champions, and dozens of NCAA All-Americans. 

Day Camp

The Short Game Camp in Texas offers a day program that includes golf instruction, lunch, course play, dinner and evening activities. This option runs from 8:30am-9:00pm (schedule varies each day). 

All golf activities take place at Southern Oaks Golf Club in Burleson, TX, which is equipped with a top-notch short game facility and driving range.

Highlights Include

  • Low student to coach ratio of 4:1
  • High-intensity instruction - ball control testing, putting, chipping, and bunker training
  • Training and practice on all scoring scenarios within 125 yards
  • Discussions on long-term development, college golf, goal setting and tournament preparation
  • Overnight accommodations at TCU
  • Camper amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, one dozen SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook and graduation certificate
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Jon Whithaus

Jon Whithaus

Jon is assistant women's golf coach at Duke University and owns and operates Elite Level Golf, working with players to help them to move from one level to the next level in their careers. He specializes in working with the short games of professional players and high level collegiate and amateur players, having significant experience with players on various international tours....

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Jon previously had a very successful 15 year collegiate career as the Associate Head Men's Golf Coach at Duke University (3 years) and the Head Men's Golf Coach at Ohio Wesleyan University (12 years).  His teams reached the NCAA Championship in 14 of those years, highlighted by 8 top-10 finishes.  His teams won 51 tournament titles.

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Marius Filmalter

Marius Filmalter

Marius Filmalter is a professional golf instructor and research scientist who has spent over two decades studying and identifying the factors that allow golfers to perform at the highest levels, in particular those that translate to the fine motor skills involved in putting.

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 Marius co-invented SAMPuttlab in 2002 and several years later the TOMI system. Both of these devices are the first to ever accurately measure the putting stroke and are still considered state-of-the-art and golf industry standard. In 2009, Golf Magazine awarded Marius the "Innovator of the Year". He writes a monthly column for the Golf Magazine and

He is regarded in PGA Tour circles as a short-game guru, and has worked with dozens of pros, including:

  • James Hahn
  • Ernie Els
  • Jason Dufner
  • Vijay Singh
  • Brad Faxon
  • Hunter Mahan
  • Mike Weir
  • Tom Kite
  • David Duval
  • Ryan Palmer
  • Larry Mize
  • Yani Tseng
  • Ariya Jutanugarn
  • Mark O’Meara
  • Charl Schartzel
  • David Toms
  • YE Yang
  • Fred Funk
  • Stuart Appleby
  • Trevor Immelman
Angie Ravaioli-Larkin

Angie Ravaioli-Larkin

Coach Ravaioli is the head women's golf coach at TCU. In leading the TCU women's golf program to 20 NCAA postseason appearances in the last 21 years, Angie Ravaioli-Larkin has...

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Coach Ravaioli is the head women's golf coach at TCU. In leading the TCU women's golf program to 20 NCAA postseason appearances in the last 21 years, Angie Ravaioli-Larkin has become an institution on campus. Having completed 22 seasons, Ravaioli-Larkin is the third-most tenured head coach at TCU. During her long and distinguished time on campus, she has built her program into an annual national title contender. A recent streak of 18 consecutive postseason appearances represented the second-longest streak by a TCU sport in history, trailing only the 27 in a row by men's golf.

Camp Details

Your desires to improve your scoring ability and consistently move up the scoreboard can be reached through the extensive analysis, evaluation, and instruction that you receive during the short game school.  Not only will you truly have an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses from inside 125 yards, but you'll leave the short game school with a clear understanding how to continue your training for years to come. Golf activities take place at Southern Oaks Golf Club in Burleson.

More Important Camp Details

Directing the camp is short game coaching legend, Marius Filmalter. Marius has analyzed more than 65,000 professional and amateur strokes and regularly works with PGA Tour players. In addition to putting, campers participate in wedge play, chipping, pitching, and bunker practice throughout the camp. 


  • Measure and analyze the putting stroke of each participant on SAM or TOMI
  • Discuss the printout of each participant's putting stroke and compare with the best
  • Discuss Find and agree on drills and exercises to improve
  • Practice distance and directional control (Finding the speed of the greens and calibrating square)

Wedge Play

  • Ball control testing with focus on spin rates
  • Trajectory control
  • Distance control
  • Distribution patterns

Chipping, Pitching and Bunker

  • Discussing the fundamentals of the short game
  • Understanding and utilizing the bounce of wedges
  • Finding a repeatable technique for chipping, pitching and bunker shots
  • Controlling the spin of the ball
  • Adjusting to different types of lies, grasses and sands
  • Club selection for various situations
  • Choosing your landing spots
  • Reading the green, grain, slope and speed

Discussions Topics

  • The mental fundamentals of scoring
  • The characteristics of the best putting strokes on tour
  • Effective practice habits & training to score
  • The college recruiting processes & what gains the attention of college coaches
  • Training & practice away from the golf course
  • The different types of strokes: square to square vs rotation and arc
  • Adjusting to different grasses, grain and speeds of greens
  • Green reading and pre-shot routine

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in occurs on Sunday, June 25th between 1:00-2:00pm at Southern Oaks Golf Club. Overnight campers will check-in to the dorms on the first night following all golf activities and dinner. 

Check-out takes place at 4:00pm at Southern Oaks Golf Club on Tuesday, June 27th following a brief graduation ceremony.


Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff lives in the dormitories/resort accommodations with the campers and participates in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.


Nike Golf Schools and Jr. Camps does not provide transportation to and from airports, bus depots or train stations. The packet we send to registered campers in the spring offers suggestions on shuttle services for each specific camp.


A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring.


Southern Oaks Golf Club

Southern Oaks boasts a par-72 championship layout and spectacular practice facilities. The entire tee box, over 6,250 square yards, was sodded with 419 Bermuda grass and is meticulously maintained at fairway height. The spacious teeing ground can easily accommodate large events and the five target greens are spaced at precise yardages for work on distance control and accuracy. The 4,000-square-foot green allows golfers to hit chip and pitch shots from various angles and stances, as well as to practice recovery shots from different styles of sand and grass bunkers. In addition, Southern Oaks has a separate 10,000-square-foot undulating putting green that simulates on-course playing conditions to aid in your final preparations for the round.

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University (TCU) is a private, coeducational university located in Fort Worth, Texas. It is ranked in the "Top 100 National Universities" by the US News and World Report and competes in NCAA athletics as a member of the Division I Big 12 Conference.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30 - 9:30am Registration, introduction, orientation meeting
  • 9:30 - 11:45am Group stations - putting, chipping, pitching, distance wedges
  • 12:00 - 12:45pm Lunch
  • 12:45 - 3:00pm Group stations - putting, pitching, bunker, green reading
  • 3:00 - 3:45pm Discussions - Effective practice habits, training to score, college golf
  • 3:45 - 6:00pm Group stations - chipping, pitching, distance wedges, putting
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00 - 8:00pm Competitions/contests
  • 8:00 - 9:00pm Group discussions
  • 10:00pm Lights out

Camper Reviews

Joey M.Camper

  • 5/5.
Coaching was great

"Marius was a great help to my game and I have learned so much from him. He is a great guy and a wonderful teacher!"

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Kris L.Camper

  • 4/5.
Loved it!

"It was very helpful and fun."


  • 5/5.
Excellent Coaching

"This camp is best suited for competitive players looking to take their game to the next level. There is tons of golf each day, great discussion topics and excellent coaching. Very impressed with the program."


  • 4/5.
Great Camp Experience

"Great camp. Thanks to all the staff for a great camp experience!"

Camp Dates & Prices

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.