Impact Performance Golf Instructors

Mike Abate; PGA

Director of
(704) 490-0229

Mike Abate is a PGA Golf Professional in the Carolinas Section. Mike turned Professional in 2000 and has played in numerous PGA sanctioned and Carolinas Section events. Not only is Mike an accomplished player, but he has also been nominated multiple times for the Carolinas PGA Player Development and Youth Player Development awards. Most recently Mike helped lead PGA Junior League Team Charlotte, NC to it’s first National Championship in 2022.

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Mike’s passion, knowledge, and continuing education for golf have allowed him to be a well respected Coach and mentor of the game with all ages. Coaching at the Impact Performance Golf Learning Center is one of the unique facilities that differentiates his programs from many other successful programs. My goal is to help the student improve and have fun in the process. A successful teacher is actually a great listener and learner. My students teach me how to teach them.

Mike grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania and was captivated by the game at the age of 14. Following High School golf, Mike was a two time NJCAA All-American in Junior College, and then played his final two years of College Golf at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. While playing for the Queens University golf team, Mike was the team’s MVP for those two seasons, team Captain his Senior Year, and medalist at one event. The experience and time Mike spent at Queens University has given him the knowledge and confidence needed in today’s business world.

Mike began his golf career in 2000 as an assistant golf professional, then as the Director of Golf with the NIKE Golf Learning Centers. Following this advancement Mike was the Director of Golf for The First Tee Program of The Lake Norman Region. In late 2009 Mike became the founder of the Youth Golf Foundation of North Carolina at Mooresville Golf Club. Mike is currently the Director of Instruction of the Impact Performance Golf Learning Center at Charles T. Myers Golf Club

With his ability to promote and cultivate the game of golf, operating the Impact Performance Golf Learning Center is an inspiring step in his career. Michael currently resides in Concord with his wife Allison, daughter Caroline, son Nicholas, and dog “Chewy.”

Mike is a current member of the Nike Golf Staff and endorses TaylorMade Golf equipment and BridgeStone Golf Balls.

Whether the student is a participant of the Impact Performance Golf Learning Center or an individual student, all students start off with a self-paced improvement path built on coaching while their goals come first. The objective is to measure the skill level of players. Provide advice and strategies for improving swing techniques and fundamentals. Establish an appropriate, balanced, and challenging competitive schedule and training regimen. At select locations, patented golf lesson technology including advanced cameras, motion sensors, and teaching aids make the evaluation fact-based, accurate and consistent with a Professional Tour database supplying reliable swing comparisons and concepts.

• Understand the full swing technique.
• Learn how to apply fundamentals from tee to green
• Experience positive change.
• Maintain your game under positive practice techniques

Jeremiah Cooper

IPGLC Certified Instructor


Jeremiah Cooper, aka Coach Jerm or Coach J, is an avid golf instructor with over 20+ years of experience in the sport. Jeremiah is a 2016 graduate from Tennessee State University, a historically black college and university in Nashville, TN with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He has competed in junior golf tournaments, an alumnus and 2012 graduate of the Frist Tee program, and has been a Head Coach and Site Director for First Tee. His favorite thing about coaching is taking part in the growth of a player’s confidence in their game. Coach Jerm looks forward to working with all ages and levels!

Issac Lee

Assistant Golf Professional | PGA Apprentice & IPGLC Certified Instructor

(704) 536-1692


Chris Kruger

IPGLC Certified Instructor | Club Technician 

(704) 799-5850

 Chris became an avid golfer and student of the game very quickly. His passion for learning brought him originally into the club building and fitting where he got certified at the Maltby Club Making Academy. From there his passion grew stronger and he realized his desire to teach the game and became an Impact Performance Golf Certified Instructor. Chris has had the honor of learning from various Class A PGA instructors and also a golf fitness training instructor to learn more about incorporating the body into the swing and to play your best golf possible.

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After graduating from the Professional Golfers Career, Hilton Head SC , I took the Play Ability Test (P.A.T) My journey after retiring from the Marines brought me to Ratcliffe Golf Services, Charles T Myers Golf course. Since joining the team in 2013, I have taught over 1000 plus lessons. I am excited to combine my joy for the game, with a passion to create a learning environment which includes the exploration of the golf swing and the hunger to continuously develop as a golfer. At the forefront of my coaching is a desire to keep the conversation flowing. At the same time, I appreciate the spirit of “paying it forward” and continue to equip younger students with the problem-solving skills and confidence to manage the dynamic and rewarding landscape of the game.

James’s introduction to the game of golf is a unique and interesting story. He took up the game later in life at the age of 35, learning to play at Camp Lejeune while stationed there as a Marine. After playing only 3 months, James was able to shoot a 2 over par 75 which is an exceptional feat for a beginning golfer. The excitement from this round of golf meant he was hooked for life. Upon retiring from the Marines James decided to follow his passion, attending the Professional Golfers Career College in Hilton Head, SC where he became an expert in teaching the game to others. James has been a valuable member of the team at Charles T. Myers since 2013, and when he’s not on the lesson tee you’ll find him working in the golf shop or playing golf.

James has taught over 1000 lessons during his time at Impact Performance Golf, and he continues to create and nourish the connection he has with all students. He embodies a “pay it forward” demeanor and continues to equip students with the problem-solving skills and confidence it takes to play your best golf. James’s fulfillment comes from helping younger students learn the fundamentals of golf while instilling a hunger to develop in all areas of life.