His putting stroke was recently overhauled by the winner of the 1988 PGA Championship.
And how many other 16-year-olds trade text messages with the man who won the 1995 U.S. Open?
Tyler Sluman does.
One day he hopes to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, Jeff Sluman, and his friend, Cory Pavin, and achieve PGA Tour stardom.
"It's my lifelong dream," he said. "It's what I'm working for."
Tyler Sluman attends IMG Academy in Bradenton. He receives instruction at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and is about to be a senior at The IMG Academy School.
"They turned a swing that looked like Jim Furyk's into one that looks like Tiger's," said Tyler's father Wayne.
Wayne Sluman is Jeff's older brother. After playing collegiately at Florida State, Jeff Sluman turned pro in 1980 and eventually became one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour.
He won the 1988 PGA Championship by firing a final-round 65 to beat Manatee County's Paul Azinger by three shots.
Wayne Sluman sees many similarities between his son and his brother, who now plays on the Champions Tour.
Most noticeable is the drive and passion they share for the game.
Wayne Sluman and his two brothers grew up in Rochester, N.Y., as part of a strong golfing family.
Broken lampshades were common inside the house and broken windows were common outside, all from swinging golf clubs.
They just couldn't get enough golf.
Tyler is the same way. "Everything is golf," Tyler said. "I'll wake up and grab a club and start swinging inside my house."
"You've got to have a burning desire and Jeff always did," said Wayne Sluman. "No matter what the situation was, he was always practicing.
"That's one of things I know Jeff and Tyler talk about. Tyler would play 36 holes a day if he could.
"I've never pushed him. He's always had that burning desire. He works and works at it."
Tyler has essentially spent his summer playing in tournaments around the country. The family has been home maybe 10 days since the end of May.
The most memorable tournament took place recently: The Father-Son Team Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Wayne and Tyler have played in it the last six years. This year was different. This year they won.
It was a 54-hole, alternate-format tourney, and it was also low gross. Handicaps were not factored. That made it even more special.
The Slumans beat 585 teams to win.
"It's one of those things I'll never forget," said Wayne Sluman. "It's time with my son and you're playing together as a team.
"I wouldn't miss it for anything. Most of the time it's me watching him play, but it's very special."
Tyler Sluman is a scratch golfer while his father plays to a 9 handicap.
"This whole thing was wild," said Wayne Sluman, who moved his family from California to Sarasota a year ago. "We didn't have any expectations of winning it, especially since it was low gross.
"We ended up winning it and it certainly wasn't because of me. It was all the training (Tyler has done) at IMG."
Receiving help and guidance from two major championship winners doesn't hurt either.
Pavin, who beat Greg Norman by two shots to win the 1995 U.S. Open, has been a longtime friend of the family and has been helpful in Tyler's development.
Jeff Sluman, who lives in Chicago, recently overhauled Tyler's putting stroke, and Tyler said it was the reason for the win in the father-son tourney.
"Having a Tour pro to talk to whenever I want is perfect," Tyler Sluman said.