Have you ever wanted to have your own “golf team” just like the pros? Well now you can at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa!

Creating more speed and power in a golf swing in turn creates what everyone wants-TO HIT THE BALL FURTHER!
Kierland Performance ProgramHere at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and with our Performance Team, we promise to give you more swing speed with a system that works. With our system, we average an increase of 9 MPH and 27 yards of extra distance off the Driver. Those kind of statistical improvements in less than one month of work is truly amazing and we challenge anyone who wants to hit the ball further and have more fun in golf as a result, to take part in this month-long immersion program here at The Westin Kierland!

With the month-long immersion program, you will take part in every component of our world-renowned Kierland Performance Program. The entire package includes:

  • PRE TEST/ POST TEST with Pro-Fit and the Nike Launch Monitor
  • (4) Golf Lessons with Mike and Sandy LaBauve
  • (8) Customized Fore-Max 90-minute training sessions, Fore-Max DVD and complete Fore-Max workout bag
  • (1) round of golf at Kierland Golf Club
  • 20% discounts on retail at Kierland Golf Club and Agave, the Arizona Spa

For more information or to reserve your spot today, please contact Steve Heller, Fitness Director at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, at Steve.Heller@westin.com or 480-399-7956.

FORE-MAX Training System

Our Story

Last time, with 10 students over a six-week period, we increased their driver club head speed an average of 9 mph! That’s 27 additional yards on a driver! It’s all documented and was written up in the NY Times! If you are in need of some distance, we are doing it again!

A number of years ago, I kept hearing club fitters say, “the average golfers speed is what it is. It’s not going to change, so fit them for their swing.” I didn’t buy this. I thought if a golfer was really interested in changing, they could!

I enlisted Steve Heller, the Director of Fitness at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa to join me. I wanted an independent club tester, so I called Hot Stix Golf. We brought our 10 participants (7 men, 2 women and a junior) in and tested them with their driver. They saw Steve (pictured in purple) twice a week for his Foremax Golf Fitness program. They saw me once a week in small groups. It was really quite easy.

We brought them back to Hot Stix Golf and tested them with their driver. Their fitters were astounded! They asked, “what did you do?” One of the fellows gained 20mph! He ended up doing the Speedstik infomercial with me. This time around we are doing out own testing with BJ Gray (black shirt), our expert fitter with Kierland Performance Center.
— Mike LaBauve, Director of LaBauve Golf – “Top 100 Instructors” by Golf Magazine

Meet the Team

Kierland Performance Center Golf is managed by our Head Teaching Professional, Tyler Haynes. Tyler has over a decade of experience in golf instruction and club fitting. He has worked with a wide variety of golfers from beginners to professional golfers and professional athletes. Tyler’s expertise will allow you to be precisely fitted by his understanding and interpretation of the stats produced by our Flight Scope launch monitor during your fitting.

Kierland Performance Center Assessment

Before: We will utilize the technology of our doppler radar based Flight Scope launch monitor to check club head speed, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, and accuracy. Your stats will be recorded and sent to the rest of our team.

After: After your instruction and Fore-Max workouts are complete, we will again test all of the stats we did before you started. We will find out how much faster you swing the club, how much further you hit the ball, and how much more accurate you are! We will also check your driver to make sure it “fits” your new swing.


Steve Heller, Internationally recognized Fitness Director for The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, is the creator of the FORE-MAX training system. Over the last 15 years Steve has put together thousands of golf specific workout protocols for players of all ages and ability levels. From amateur to professional athletes, the PGA, LPGA, NFL, NBA, and MLB have all utilized Steve Heller for his vast knowledge of exercise physiology in relation to sports specific training and conditioning. Steve has had the pleasure of working with a number of notable golf professionals: Ricky Barnes, Kevin Streelman, Miller Barber, Bo Van Pelt, Matt Jones, Matt Kuchar, Paige Mackenzie, Pat Hurst, Grace Park and Jimin Kang.

FOREMAX The goal with this component of the performance package has to do with taking the physical side of golf and matching the results found during your instructional club fitting component. Coming out of the Fore-Max portion of The Kierland Performance Package, students will have a complete flexibility and strength exercise program based off this physical assessment, as well as exercises and stretches to do before you play. Steve also instructs on how to prevent some of the most common golf associated injuries. This component of our Performance Package will help golfer’s on the course, but more importantly in the functioning of their daily life. Steve’s golf knowledge, coupled with his exercise physiology background, enables him to conduct your physical golf assessment and prescribe workout protocols that will go through all of your daily golf workout programs.

Within a short amount of time, individuals participating in the Fore-Max program in conjunction with the other components of The Kierland Performance Package will see a dramatic change in the following: increased driving distance due to increased body strength, increased body stamina leading to consistency on the course, improvement in overall swing mechanics due to better rotational capabilities and posture as well as increased flexibility which leads to a more fluid golf swing, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Mike LaBauve

PGA Class A Professional
Head Teaching Professional
The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Scottsdale, Arizona

Teaching golf is Mike LaBauve’s passion and has been for 30 years. He is currently recognized as a top 100 Instructor by Golf Magazine and a top 50 Instructor by Golf Digest, but his journey into teaching began years ago.

He started as an assistant in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina after graduating from Louisiana State University. He moved into full-time teaching in Pinehurst, North Carolina where he taught alongside Hank Haney in the Pinehurst Golf Advantage schools for three years. He also assisted in Golf Digest Schools with instructors Jim Flick, Bob Toski, Davis Love, Jr., Jack Lumpkin and Peter Kostis before moving west to Arizona.

LaBauve went to work for Jim Hardy as the Director of Golf at Alta Mesa Country Club. Mike’s student clientele grew steadily and it became evident that teaching golf would become his focus. In 1989 he became the Director of Instruction at Stonecreek Golf Club and soonafter joined the Golf Digest school staff full time. LaBauve has frequently been seen on the cover of the magazine and has written countless articles for Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. He now resides at Kierland Golf Club where he conducts his own custom golf schools under the LaBauve Golf Academy.

As a Class A member of the PGA, Mike has won the Southwest Section Teacher of the Year award three times, won the Section Championship and received Player of the Year honors. He has played in multiple PGA tour events and been a speaker for two National PGA Teaching and Coaching seminars.

Throughout his career, Mike has worked with tour winners Bryce Molder, Grace Park, Keith Clearwater, Chris Johnson, Jim Carter, Howard Twitty, as well as Nationwide Tour winners such as Jeff Quinney. Mike has taught Amanda Blumenhurst and Cheyenne Woods for years.

Mike and Sandy LaBauve, another accomplished golf teacher, have been married for 32 years. They have two daughters. The oldest, Lindy (24), is an assistant professional at the Sea Island Golf Club. Kristi (21) is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in event planning. Mike continues to share his love for the game with students, fellow professionals and family alike.

Career Accomplishments

  • Director of Instruction for LaBauve Golf at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 1995-Present
  • Voted Top 50 Instructors by Golf Digest Magazine since inception
  • Voted Top 100 Instructors by Golf Magazine since inception
  • Southwest Section PGA Player of the Year, 1989
  • Southwest Section Teacher of the Year, 1987, 1993, 2001
  • Played in 5 PGA Tour Events
  • Full Time Head Instructor, Golf Digest Schools, 1990-2002 and 2014
  • Voted Jack Nicklaus Golf Family of the Year in 2000 by National Golf Foundation
  • Featured speaker at National PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits
  • Numerous Articles published in Golf Digest and Golf Magazines
  • Featured on the cover of Golf Digest Magazine 4 times
  • Coach of numerous competitive players including:
    • Current Players on PGA, LPGA, Nationwide, PGA Seniors and Futures Tours
    • Past PGA Tour Rookie of the Year
    • Past PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year
    • Past LPGA Tour Comeback player of the Year
    • 2 Past USGA Women’s Amateur Champions
    • Past NCAA Women’s Individual Champion
  • Instructional Videos featured on Golfspan.com
  • Advisory Board Member for Titleist and Foot-Joy