Ian Filippini, Santa Barbara native, is the president of Filippini Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm offering clients comprehensive financial planning services. The company, which is based out of Santa Barbara, California, specializes in services pertaining to real estate, insurance, tax planning, and estate planning — along with a host of other services designed to create a convenient full-service option for its clients.
Filippini, has served as the president of Filippini Wealth Management for many years. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Filippini spends time in and around Santa Barbara.
What is your hobby?
Although I don’t have the time for it as I once did, I enjoyed playing golf in my youth.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
I learned to play at a very young age and was quite fortunate to live in such close proximity to Pebble Beach.
Tell us what you love about it.
I love the humility the game instills in you as well as the instant camaraderie that exists among all golfers regardless of skill level.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
It’s not that often that I am able to play, but I competed in a few youth tournaments here and there back in the day.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
A set of golf clubs is an obvious prerequisite, and I am quite pleased to report that the set of Miura blades I bought so many years ago still has plenty of life in it.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
I rarely need to stock up on golf balls and tees, and anything I might need before a round is typically available in the pro shop.
Are there any good books for beginners?
I highly recommend that all golfers — beginning and experienced players alike — read or re-read “Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” The illustrations are beautifully done and so many golfers can benefit from something as simple as adopting the proper grip.
How has this changed your life?
Since I played so often during my youth, I learned some critical life lessons that I continue to apply to this day. Golf repeatedly reinforces the importance of hard work, consistency, patience, and humility, among many other qualities that are beneficial in any endeavor.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Swing mechanics are important, but the mental side of the game is of equal importance and usually deserves greater attention from most golfers — especially beginners.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I don’t have much time for my hobbies, but I do enjoy all the hiking trails that so perfectly showcase the natural beauty of the Santa Barbara region.