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PGA TOUR Golf Academies Offer Packages to Get Your Game in Shape

Most golfers that visit Northeast Florida go there for the warm weather, the cornucopia of golf courses and the pristine beaches. I had a different motive for my last trip to the area in April – to improve my golf game for the upcoming season.

Thus, I spent two days at the PGA TOUR Golf Academy at TPC Sawgrass to get my game in shape. After checking in, I received an in-depth survey about my game and equipment that I had to fill out. Staff Instructor Dave Myers welcomed me and we went over the survey together before starting with the instruction.  I also received an instruction manual for me to take home.

I hit some balls to warm up and then we went to the state-of-the-art studio where my swing was taped using high-speed cameras. After analyzing my swing, we spent a long time on the practice green hitting short shots to ingrain the changes I needed to make.

On the second day, we started with short game and bunker practice before finally hitting full shots on the range. Dave seemed to be pleased with my progress and we did another video analysis to see how drastically my swing had improved within a day.

On both days we concluded the training sessions with putting instruction and a putting competition against each other. Dave took the time to have lunch in the TPC clubhouse with me to write down some notes and to discuss specifics of the lessons.

I also got a tour of the PGA TOUR Golf Academy at the World Golf Village where it is a little quieter and the ambiance is more intimate. In addition to instruction, they are also specialized in club fitting.

Both Academies work together with the resorts (Sawgrass Marriott and World Golf Village) where different packages are offered.

I highly recommend the PGA Academies. I hope to work with Dave again in 2015 to kick start the golf season.

Stephen Guertler is the managing editor of ExtraGolf and writes a quarterly blog for Florida’s First Coast of Golf.