Thousands of golfers flock to Scottsdale each year to tee it up on the city’s many world-class golf courses. But playing 18 isn’t the only way to improve your game in Scottsdale. “The World’s Finest Golf Destination” has a variety of heralded golf instructors and performance-enhancing programs and services.
IMPROVE YOUR GAME
Scottsdale is home to five of the “Best Teachers in America,” according to Golf Digest (2013-14), as well as three of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America (2014).
Short-game guru Stan Utley (No. 14, Golf Digest) offers a wide variety of individual lessons, classes and clinics at Grayhawk Golf Club (www.grayhawkgolf.com). He teaches alongside Grayhawk Learning Center Director of Instruction Paul Trittler (Golf Digest Best in Your State).
The instruction team at Talking Stick Golf Club (http://ift.tt/1dBsYQm) is just as flush with talent. The club is home to the largest public driving range and practice facility in the valley providing players with ample room to work on their game or warmup before a round. And players also have access to celebrated teachers such as Pia Nilsson (No. 17, Golf Digest) and Lynn Marriott (No 25, Golf Digest) of Vision54. Students can opt for individual instruction or take advantage of group clinics.
Another prime location for elite-level golf instruction is Kierland Golf Club (www.kierlandgolf.com). Husband and wife team Mike LaBauve (No. 35, Golf Digest; GOLF Magazine Top 100) and Sandy LaBauve (Golf Digest Best in Your State) lead the instruction, which offers a wide variety of programs for players of all abilities and experience levels. In fact, Kierland Golf Club’s use of the innovative SNAG Golf program makes it one of the Southwest’s leaders for introducing youngsters to the game.
Other acclaimed instructors include: Donald Crawley (GOLF Magazine Top 100) of Boulders Golf Club, Scott Sackett (Golf Digest Best Teachers in Your State) of McCormick Ranch Golf Club (http://ift.tt/1qjkhjh) and Tim Mahoney (GOLF Magazine Top 100) of Troon North Golf Club (http://ift.tt/1qjkhjn). Of course no list would be complete without mention of the award-winning TOUR Academy at TPC Scottsdale (http://ift.tt/1eu3p4a) with its schedule of one- to five-day golf schools, private lessons and comprehensive player development programs for golfers of every skill level. The academy leverages state-of-the-art technology like Boditrak, which monitors and displays players’ balance throughout their swings. TPC Scottsdale offers highly personalized learning sessions, during which instructors address each player’s individual needs, skills and goals within the game. And the Academy features a maximum 4-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio to provide each participant the attention they need.
THE PERFECT FIT
Improved performance on the golf course depends on two things – a golfer’s swing and a golfer’s clubs. That’s where Cool Clubs (www.coolclubs.com) – one of Scottsdale’s preeminent experts on the equipment side of performance enhancement – comes in. Through skillful use of cutting-edge technology, independent research and development, real-world experience, proprietary software, and Doppler radar technology, Cool Clubs is able to identify, recommend, and custom-build the right equipment for any given golf swing. This all leads to better performance and confidence on the golf course.
The Callaway Golf Performance Center at Troon North Golf Club (http://ift.tt/1qjkhjn) is one of only 10 facilities nationwide that employs the same technology used by the world’s top touring professionals (think Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Morgan Pressel) for the amateur golfer’s game. Its professional custom club fitters are experts at leveraging vital data gained through computerized analysis, high-speed cameras, and ball-flight simulators while a computer monitor displays a breakdown of each golfer’s launch conditions. This includes ball speed, launch angle and spin rates. The system also measures the golfer’s angle of approach to the ball, utilizing 3D imagery and precision software.
In recent years, physical training has become a part of the golf performance enhancing process, especially at the highest level of competition. The FORE-MAX Golf Training System at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa (http://ift.tt/1e0aFAo) simply applies these successful principles to the amateur game by improving flexibility, strength, aerobic conditioning and nutritional intake as specifically relate to the game. Fitness Director Steve Heller created a program that combines the best of exercise physiology with top golf instruction to produce a personalized workout regime that is virtually guaranteed to increase driving distance and stamina on the golf course. Plus, FORE-MAX empowers students to generalize these same fitness concepts to their everyday lifestyle. From tee to green, the right club and perfect swing must come together harmoniously for a golfer to feel in the “zone.”
Troon North Golf Club also offers an extensive golf training and health program. The EXOS Golf Experience Powered by Troon uses EXOS’ elite performance programs that were previously available only to professional athletes. Golf students work with EXOS’ integrated team of golf instructors, performance specialists, registered dietitians, and physical therapists. During the three-day evaluation, an eight-week personalized golf training, nutrition, and recovery game plan is created to optimize each student’s performance and personal health.
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