Friday, April 13, 2007
Golf SchoolsIf you're serious about improving your golf game, visiting a top-notch golf school is a great idea. Single-day, weekend and week-long options are available, as well as a full array of facilities including on-site practice ranges, computer analysis systems, clubfitting, and more. Consult our golf school directory and find the program that's right for you.
|Ben Sutton Golf School|
Sun City Center, Fla.
Staff: 29 PGA and LPGA professionals
Teaching Philosophy: Show them how to play, not just how to swing, and do it in real conditions and situations. Focus on actual on-course performance more than simply perfecting the mechanics of the golf swing.
Curriculum: Three-, five- and seven-day schools provide the flexibility for everyone's schedule.
Teaching Aids: Personalized instruction manual, take-home practice plan, V1 computerized swing analysis system and pre-shot routine alignment tool.
Location, Dates: Sun City Center, FL, 25 miles south of Tampa. Schools open all year due to mild weather.
Price: $635-$995 (three days), $945-$1,545 (five days), $1,195-$2,345 (seven days). Prices reflect time of year and occupancy plans.
|Classic Swing Golf School|
Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Deer Track Golf Resort & Legends Resort)
Staff: Eight PGA and LPGA professionals
Teaching Philosophy: To teach golf on an individual basis and maintain no more than a 3:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Instruction begins by evaluating every student’s personality, skill level and golf goals. Classic Swing teaches the specific needs of each student.
Curriculum: Three-day program runs Monday through Wednesday, and Thursday through Saturday every week on a year-round basis. Putting, chipping, pitching, sand shots, club selection and full swing are all covered.
Teaching Aids: Pro-Advantage high-speed digital video analysis and other aids.
Location, Dates: Myrtle Beach, S.C. (year-round).
Price: Three-day school: $369-$519; three-day school with golf: $549-$809; three-day school with golf, accommodations and meals: $809-$1,159 (single occupancy). Custom packages also available upon request.
|John Jacobs’ Golf Schools|
33 locations (U.S., Canada)
Staff: 70 PGA and LPGA teaching professionals
Teaching Philosophy: The world leader in golf instruction. We teach people to play golf rather than teaching golf to people. Instruction is based on ballflight principles. Students leave our schools able to be their own best coach.
Curriculum: Package includes two- and three-day instruction from $395, or five-day instruction from $595. Student-teacher ratio is 5:1.
Teaching Aids: The John Jacobs' Golf School program is designed to offer you even more opportunities to improve your golf game. Video, mirrors and more effective training aids. Scope of instruction: full swing, short game, some theory, video swing analysis and more. Short Game schools and Playing schools also available.
Location, Dates: Visit Website for various locations and dates throughout the U.S. and Canada.
|Dr. Jim Suttie Golf Academy|
The Club at TwinEagles, Naples, Fla.
Staff: Three PGA professionals
Teaching Philosophy: Top 100 Teacher in U.S., Golf Magazine. Top 50 Teacher in U.S., Golf Digest. Instruction is tailored to each individual’s body type, physical characteristics, strength, flexibility level and preferred ballflight. This framework identifies each individual’s power source and natural tendencies.
Curriculum: 2- or 3-hour training sessions: short-game and full-swing. On-course clinics and private lessons. Chip Beck/Dr. Suttie short game.
Teaching Aids: Digital video system with four cameras, launch monitor and force platform. Video analysis with personal tape
Location, Dates: Naples, FL, October through May. Chicago, IL, May through September.
Price: $250 one-hour private or three-hour Series 600 Training Series. $250 and $350 short game and full swing.
|United States Golf Teachers Federation|
Staff: 25+ examiners
Teaching Philosophy: Training and certification of golf teaching professionals to serve the golfing public. The USGTF, through innovative, effective swing mechanics and teaching methodology, establishes a standard in training and certification of professional golf instructors. 6:1 student-examiner ratio.
Curriculum: All key areas of teaching are covered, including putting, chipping, pitching, iron play and driving. Instructional techniques and swing mechanics are the focus.
Teaching Aids: Discussion of training aids and how to use them in lessons including extensive use of video analysis. Dream Swing.
Location, Dates: All year throughout the U.S.
Price: Level I ($615 with accommodations), Level II ($1,267 with accommodations), Level III ($1,775 with accommodations).