My name is Raphael Malabanan, but most people call me Raph. Born in the Philippines but raised in
Orange County since the age of 2. I am known to appreciate all things simple and practical even though I
may not have always appeared this way as a child.
At an early age, my father introduced me to all types of sports such as taekwondo, basketball, swimming,
volleyball, and golf. He claimed that these activities were great ways to teach me discipline and good
hand-eye coordination. But later he admitted to enrolling me into these sports as an even better means
of draining me from all my excess energy. Little did he know that by doing this, he actually had planted
the seed for my love of sports, which has lead me to becoming a professional golf instructor and aspiring
pro golfer today.
All throughout grade school and high school I played on various sports teams and gained a genuine
appreciation for athletic competition. I was fascinated by the idea of pushing one’s physical ability to
perform well and exceed goals. I thought it was the most rewarding feeling to see one’s hard work come
to fruition because I knew personally of the physical and mental sacrifices that were needed to achieve
such athletic success. It was not until I reached my senior year at Servite High School that my love for
sports refined, and I dropped all other sports to direct my focus on pursuing the passion I developed for
golf. I began seeking lessons from the best teaching pros in the Orange County/Los Angeles area with
goals to elevate my game more competitively. In 2006, I received a scholarship to play golf for CSU
Dominguez Hills, where I competed in the NCAA Division II.
From the challenges of the golf swing to the challenges of the golf course, there are many opportunities
in this sport that offer reward and satisfaction. And for me, there is no greater feeling of pure satisfaction
than hitting the ball solid, sticking it on the green, and sinking that birdie because I understand all of the
hard work behind it. As a golfer myself, I understand the frustrations of an inconsistent swing. I’ve had
my own slumps in the game with problems of slicing, chunking, hooking, etc.! I struggled with wasted
energy and movements and undoing old, bad habits. I was determined to overcome these flaws and I
knew that there had to be a simpler and systematic approach to this game. I discovered the truth behind
a consistent and efficient golf swing by reading books, studying videos, taking lessons and spending
countless hours at the driving range. Finally I had gained an understanding of the essential components
to a reliable golf swing by seeing a consistent and significant drop in my scores.
Having worked with Jay Lim and adopting the Pure Impact System, I offer a dependable and
knowledgeable skill-set which allows me to help golfers maximize their game. Through a simple and
practical teaching approach, my goal is to increase a player’s confidence by increasing their
understanding of the swing. I have applied these principles in my golf instruction with players of any level
and have seen immediate results. With this system and my experience as a competitive golfer, I can
help you meet or exceed your goals!
What's in the bag?
Driver - Taylormade Burner 2010 (9.5 Degress) with Aldila NV Stiff Shaft
3 Wood - Ping G15 (15.5 Degrees) with Aldila NV Stiff Shaft – Average Distance 260 yards
Hybrid - Tylormade Rescue TP (19 Degrees) with TP Voodoo SVS8 Aldila Stiff Shaft – Average
Distance 230 Yards
Irons – Callaway Razor X Forged (Project X 5.5) – Lie 1 degree upright from standard
Wedges – Titleist Vokey SW (56 Degree/ Bounce 8, Distance 105 yards), Titleist Vokey LW(60
Degrees/ Bounce 4, Distance 85), PW (47 Degrees, Distance 130 Yards)
Putter – Odyssey 2-Ball White Ice 35 Inches
Ball – ProV1 X
Range Finder – Nikon LR 550
Average Driving Distance – 280 yards/ Avg Speed @ 109 MPH
Lowest Score – 9 Under 63 (10 Birdies) – Links at Victoria
Hole in One – Los Verdes # 12 Par 3 155 yards