Academy Reschedules PING Factory Tour

December 14, 2015

One of the events we’ve really been looking forward to as a Golf Club Fitting class has been our end-of-semester tour of the PING manufacturing and club fitting plant located in Phoenix. Last Monday, half the class (myself included) drove about an hour north through morning rush hour traffic, excited for what we heard from previous semesters was an awesome tour. Unfortunately, the tour we thought we were going on was disappointing and underwhelming – to…

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The PGA Tour is considering moving the WGC-Cadillac Championship from Donald Trump’s National Doral Golf Course in Miami following March’s event because the Republican presidential hopeful called for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the United States.

December 14, 2015
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Can Grown-Up Putting Courses Fix the Crisis Facing Golf?

December 10, 2015

At the Golf Academy, we’re always talking about ways to generate revenue in the golf industry, which if it’s not contracting at the moment, is certainly stagnating. One of my classmates read this article on Bleacher Report and passed it along to me. So I thought I would pass it along to you. Legendary resorts like Bandon Dunes (OR) and Pinehurst (NC) are hoping that sophisticated putting-only courses like these will lure…

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Veteran caddy Garry Hanchera, who was caddying for Gene Jones in the final round of the Champions Tour qualifying tournament at TPC Scottsdale on Friday, died from an apparent heart attack after collapsing in the 15th fairway on the Champions Course. He was 64.  

December 9, 2015
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USGA Rules Official: Ball Properly In Play?

December 9, 2015

Dr. Robin Farran is widely regarded as one of the preeminent USGA Rules Officials in the country, and he just happens to teach Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America. Yesterday, Dr. Farran told me he sends out Rules incidents, like the ones you’re about to read below, 50 weeks a year to 460 recipients. This labor of love takes time! On Thursday, Dr. Farran is one of the keynote speakers (along with…

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Club Fitting: Drivers

December 8, 2015

In Golf Club Fitting with PGA Professional Gary Balliet, we’re discussing how to fit different golfers for different clubs. We’ve already discussed wedges and putters as well as how to fit women, seniors, and juniors. But how do you fit a golfer for the proper driver? The length of a driver should allow for good, athletic posture. The playing length may be different than the actual length of the driver,…

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Tournament Golf Field Trip: TopGolf Tournament

December 7, 2015

Today was a special day at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix. That’s because for the first time in the school’s history, there was a tournament at TopGolf in Gilbert. As part of our Managing Golf Facility Operations and Planning/Organization of Tournament Golf classes earlier this semester, we got a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of TopGolf specifically in preparation for today’s event. Food and drinks were provided. That was cool. But because…

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Guest Speaker: Sales Rep Visits Golf Academy

December 6, 2015

On Friday in Managing Golf Facility Operations, we had a really interesting guest speaker. Rayl (pronounced RAIL) Evans has been an independent sales representative in the golf industry since the late 80s and also runs his own company, Rayl Group LTD. Evans played college golf at Southern Oregon University, and after graduating, started selling insurance. But Evans heart always belonged to golf, not insurance. So in 1988, at age 43, Evans started…

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Todd Sones: Increase Your Lag to Hit It Farther

December 4, 2015

Todd Sones was recently named one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America for 2015-2016 and has been a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor every year since 1995. He’s also on the Golf Academy of America’s National Advisory Board and made a visit to the Phoenix campus just last month. Todd is based out of Vernon Hills, Illinois (about 30 minutes outside Chicago), and in these cold winter months, he really encourages…

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If You’re Healthy, You’re Wealthy

December 3, 2015

We got some sad news at the Golf Academy recently. Dr. Jordan Mackner, who’s in his first semester teaching Anatomy, Exercise, and Bio-mechanics at the GAA, will not be back for the last few weeks of the semester because he has cancer. Dr. J was first diagnosed with cancer several months ago, and after undergoing a medical procedure, was told he was cancer free. Recently, it was discovered that his cancer…

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