21st May,2014

My Golf school…..

~~Let’s use as an example the golfer called Alex, but I know that many of my golf fellows can level with this story.
A sliced tee-shot, coupled with a deep-throated moan of frustration, was all too familiar to Alex . Like so many of Romanian,Bulgarian few hundred golfers, he believed he could study a few magazines or videos, take some lessons, then launch golf balls into the sky. Just like his control over corporate business, Alex  didn't count on failure. But even though hitting a stationary ball looked so easy, Alex invariably wound up like Indiana Jones, wading through water, woods and poison ivy to search for yet another lost ball.
"My grip, my stance, my backswing--everything was such a mess I was elated when I didn't lose every ball in my bag," recalls Alex, who on "good" days scored in the 120s. "Playing golf just wasn't enjoyable. I constantly felt embarrassed."
Alex's lament is all too common. Though the game is analyzed as exhaustively as the stock market, self-anointed gurus sell everything from theories to bizarre gizmos--For instance, a fishhook dangling from a headband and attached to a golfer's crotch is one way to keep the head focused on the ball. Despite all the outlandish golfer's aids, the perfect swing remains elusive. Instead of clarity, there is only the Stengelese babble of conflicting tips and mechanics, leaving average golfers disgusted with instruction and doomed to the rough, emotionally if not in reality.
Golf schools, however, with their intensive shot making and confidence building regimens, can work stroke-saving wonders, particularly for golfers shooting in the 90s or higher. Optimally operating at a one to six, teacher to student ratio, the better academies also benefit more competent players, refining every aspect of their game from full swing fundamentals to the finesse needed on and around the green. And while this two- three- or five-day experience evokes images of hitting balls until semiconsciousness, self-improvement usually comes within a chip shot of an ultra-luxurious resort.
Nothing is easy in golf. Many golf schools have sprung up in the wake of golf's surging popularity, a tribute to some late-onset baby boomer epiphany that jogging and health clubs are bad for the knees while soft, green fairways and padded cushions on the golf cart are partners for life. That means choosing the right school, one suited to your talent and temperament, is a challenge. Some effort is required as a prospective enrollee should weigh the student to teacher ratios, inquire about an instructor's credentials and, above all, be wary of schools with marquee-name logos. While these big name venues hold out promise of instruction with a famous teacher or professional, a student might at most receive a pep talk from that celebrity, then be shunted off for classes with an unheralded, freckle-faced assistant. Of course, the bottom line must be considered in the decision too; nothing in golf is inexpensive, especially the better things in golf...but if you've read this far, you already knew that.
Instead of suffering such disappointment,Alex has shaved 30 strokes off his game in five visits to Demis Papillon Golf Academy at the Lighthouse Golf Resort near Balcik. Now breaking 90, and confident of even more improvement, he encountere teachers that don't overburden you with video tapes, intimidating lingo and a crash course in body mechanics,Demis Papillon and his professional academy's staff. In fact, our approach is simple and relaxed.
We are earthy, plain-talking men, "Swing Doctors" to the hundreds of our members we are classicists, emphasizing a return to golf's basics.I learned golf's fundamentals from such legends as Charlie Earp (Greg Norman coach) and Gary Edwin (Peter Senior coach), and now I follow their lead by initially stressing "a key secret" to the proper swing--good foot-work and body balance.
Believing this sequenced weight shift from the left to the right side promotes long, soaring shots, I typically work on ankle, leg and hip movements for hours. This repetitive drill, without clubs in hand, and usually done in groups of six students, could easily bore more accomplished players. I insist, and I am refining certain essentials, a mid-range player can become a good player. Once I'm sure the foundation is there, I guarantee a 100 percent improvement in the flight of everyone's golf ball, and that's something I can do real quickly.
In stark contrast to most schools, I pursue the goal without having students sweltering in the sun, pounding ball after ball. This is a not a boot camp where enrollees must rush between driving range, putting green and sand bunkers. All aspects of the game are scrutinized, but only after proper swing motion and wrist action are firmly etched in the students' heads. Plus the instruction occurs at a languid pace, in a chummy, hospitable  atmosphere.
We are well-suited for this role of confidant/psychoanalyst. We understand there are huge individual differences in golf swings, and that transformations come over time, not in a three-day course. Our approach, consequently, is keyed to reducing emotional pressures, as we set "small objectives." This can mean swinging into a tee and making consistent contact, or actually using golf balls and easily advancing them with short irons. The most troublesome club in a golf bag, the driver, isn't even discussed until the last day of classes.
 

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