Going Deep At The Pebble Beach Golf Academy

Longtime Teacher Laird Small Puts Complete Learning First
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The Full Pebble Experience

The Pebble Beach Golf Academy’s full-blown three-day academy involves real golf, too — on either Pebble or Spyglass Hill, plus a final bonus round on The Links at Spanish Bay, one of the most underrated courses on the Peninsula. A typical Thurday-Sunday itinerary goes something like this:

Thursday evening: Registration at Academy

Friday: Breakfast at Roy’s at Pebble Beach, opening presentation, full swing instruction and video analysis, short game and motion using PuttingLab (more on that in a moment), prepared lunch, on-course instruction, cocktail party at Spanish Bay.

Saturday: Opening presentation, putting and bunker play, full swing and robotic swing trainer for one group, pitching for the other, lunch at the Tap Room, on-course instruction.

Sunday: Breakfast at Roy’s and one final round at Spanish.

Small will tweak this basic yet feature-rich rundown to fit a client’s needs. If it’s a big corporate gathering such as the Adobe outing that rolled in the day after Golf Tips’ visit, for instance, a special guest might show up — in this case, Vijay Singh. “He’ll be here to take a look at every participant’s swing and offer some tips of his own,” Small said matter-of-factly. “And maybe hit a few shots” — no doubt from the range’s far-left corner, per the Singh custom.

Vijay is a well-known equipment and training-aid geek, so there’s little doubt he was all over the indoor portion of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy, with its three distinct practice rooms-slash-hitting bays. That’s where the aforementioned Motion Putting Lab comes in.

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