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Mental Skills
Curious about factors infuencing peak performance, I completed a PhD in Exercise and Sport Science specializing in sport psychology and motor learning. I am an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University where I teach Peak Performance for Life and Health and Wellness.
Golf Skills
I am a Class A LPGA Professional who has been teaching golf for over 25 years. I was awarded Top 50 Instructor in the LPGA and ranked as a Top Instructor in CT by Golf Digest. I have completed certifications for 
TPI Levels I & II, OPTI Golf, and Postive Coaching Alliance.
In the spirit of giving back, I serve as an instructor in the LPGAs Global Education Teacher Training program, the National Chair of the LPGA Master Professional Thesis Committee, and a member of both the National Teacher Education and the Research, Testing, and Advisory Committees.
  1. Adult Instruction
    Both private and small group instruction is offered to develop all aspects of your golf game: putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play, full swing, uneven lies, and mental skills. Video analysis is available as well as on course instruction. All skill levels are welcome, from the beginner golfer to the aspiring tour player.
  2. Golf Academies
    All Golf Academies are held at Tallwood Country Club, a championship 18-hole golf course with an exceptional practice facility. Enjoy two large putting greens, a chipping and bunker area with a target green and a large driving range. Adult and Junior Golf Academies feature instruction both on and off the golf course.
  3. Junior Instruction
    Discover the joy of golf at an early age! Check out the Pee Wee Pro's series for children age 3-6. Three Junior Golf Academies are offered for juniors age 7-14. All skill levels welcome. Join one of BirdieBound's PGA Jr League Teams. Private lessons are available for those preferring a more individualized approach.
  4. LPGA*USGA Girls Golf
    LPGA*USGA Girls Golf is an international program formed to create a network for girls to learn to play golf and build friendships. From leadership skills to inspiring healthy living, we use the 5 E's of Girls Golf to Empower, Enrich, Engage, Exercise, and Energize girls through the game of golf.
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Empowering individuals through golf.

Welcome! My name is Nicole Damarjian and I am the Founder of BirdieBound. The mission of BirdieBound is to provide individuals with simple strategies to elevate their golf games and in the process, enrich all aspects of their lives.
I played collegiate golf at Furman University. During this time, I noticed a difference between how I played in practice versus how I played in tournaments. Typically, I would leave my best game on the driving range. Frustrated, but not defeated, I began to explore the field of sport psychology. Curious by nature, I decided to pursue a graduate degree in sport and exercise science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). I had the good fortune to work as a research assistant for Dr. Debbie Crews, an internationally renowned researcher in the neuroscience of golf. As a member herself, Dr. Crews encouraged me to join the LPGA. Once a member of the LPGA, I found my niche. I was surrounded by enthusiastic individuals who devoted their energy to discovering how best to teach and grow the game of golf for all people. I continued my graduate studies at UNCG under the mentorship of Drs. Dan Gould and Robert Christina with a focus on golf instruction. In 1997, I completed my PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, specializing in sport psychology and motor learning.

For the past 20+ years I have devoted my professional energies to what I love best…teaching. Most of my year is spent teaching and coaching golf to people of all ages and skill levels. In the off season, I am an adjunct professor at Eastern Connecticut State University where I teach Peak Performance for Life Through Sport and Health and Wellness. My students both on and off the golf course are a constant source of inspiration. I continue to pursue new and innovative approaches to best serve my students and honor their trust. I am a US Kids and Level II TPI Certified Golf Instructor.​​​

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