Working out to tee off
PGA pro opens Forged Golf & Fitness

By Gary Achterberg

Dec. 28, 2018

Andy Fish opened Forged Golf & Fitness in Mequon in October.
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MEQUON — Golf has been in Andy Fish’s blood since he was in first grade.

“I’ve been playing since I was 6 years old — and I haven’t given it up,” said Fish, who opened Forged Golf & Fitness in Mequon in October.

Fish, a Professional Golfers’ Association of America professional, has been teaching the sport for the past 20 years, including stints as the club pro at Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon, Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Wauwatosa and another golf club in Chicagoland.

Forged Golf & Fitness is not just another place to whack golf balls.

He and business partner Mike Steinmetz have taken their new business several steps further — and Fish said he’s found a receptive audience.

“As long as I’ve been teaching, I’ve always had a fitness component,” Fish said. “We’ve been working to structure a program that works with golf and fitness at the same time.”

It has been an essential part of a professional training program for years. It likely has gained even more attention in the years since Tiger Woods became well-known.

“If you have a bad back, you can do some things to mitigate that and enjoy golf more,” he said. “Any competitive golfer is going to have a fitness component now. You have to train for golf to play it.”

In addition to working with individual clients, Fish and Steinmetz also have been spending time working with high school and collegiate teams from the region.

Fish, who lives in Cedarburg, also is sharing his passion and knowledge about golf and how it intersects with life on a weekly podcast, “Smash Factor,” featured on Cedarburg Public Library radio. The show is on CPL Radio at 7 p.m. Thursdays. It also can be downloaded on Sound-Cloud.

Forged Golf and Fitness, 10950 N. Buntrock Ave., is in a renovated building that includes 6,000 square feet of gym and hitting areas. There is a putting green as well. Steinmetz also provides group and individual fitness training on-site. The business sells golf clubs and offers club repair. Details are available at www.forgedgolfandfitness.com. Fish said he and Steinmetz had talked about starting the business for five years.

“Things are going very well — golf and fitness are passions for both of us,” he said. “We just took two things and put them together. There’s a lot of energy over here.”