Why should you come to our golf school? There are many reasons. I will give you the most important reasons why our golf school provides not only the best and highest quality instruction you can find anywhere, but also a golf experience you will enjoy and benefit from for a lifetime.
- BUILD A GOLF GAME OF SOUND FUNDAMENTALS TO LAST A LIFETIME
Having sound fundamentals in golf is the foundation for years of success and enjoyment for any golfer. At The Academy of Golf Dynamics, we teach each person individually…not a system or method. We take into account each person’s swing fundamentals, learning style, personality, age, flexibility and physical limitations (if any) and develop a program for that person that will help them get the most out of their game. We also give you the knowledge on how to keep improving once you leave. Knowing how to practice efficiently once you are back home is an integral part of seeing improvement over the course of time. Our students develop a knowledge of their individual swing that helps them be their own best teacher once they are back home. The practice drills we prescribe to each person helps develop a feel for the corrections we work on while here so you can continue to improve after you leave our school.
- OUR STAFF
Our staff of instructors are the heartbeat of our golf school. You won’t find a more knowledgeable, accommodating, friendly staff of golf instructors anywhere in the country. From your initial phone conversation with Kevin in the office while registering, to your three days spent working with our team of instructors, your experience here will be second to none. We have all been together for years and have gained a knowledge of the golf swing not through instruction books, but first-hand experience teaching the golf schools. We make our recommendations for your swing to help improve your ball flight, not to make your swing look pretty. This ability can only come from years of experience. Also, most of our staff possess a college golf background. Not only would I stack our team of instructors up against anyone when it comes to swing knowledge, but I would take this group to the course against anyone also. This aspect is crucial while teaching on-course strategies. You also won’t find a better, more fun group of guys to spend three days with helping you with your golf game. We’ve had many students who have come to us for years say this is the best staff we’ve ever had, and we agree!
- A GOOD WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS
Our three day school is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Whether you are a member of a golfing family or have a group of friends you enjoy playing with, our school is a great way to spend three days. You can work on your golf game during the morning and early afternoon with the option of playing one of our four golf courses right here in Lakeway in the afternoon after class. You have the Hill Country Galleria just a couple of miles down the road for any shopping that might be required for the shopaholic in your group, Lake Travis for the water-lover in your group, Austin’s many fine restaurants or live music in the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” There’s no better place to get away for three days to work on your golf game and experience all that Austin has to offer.
- CORPORTATE GOLF SCHOOLS
Through the years, we have had entire and partial schools bought out by companies entertaining clients and employees. We can tailor our school to fit your needs and wants. Need dinner reservations? We’ll take care of that for you at one of Austin’s many four and five star restaurants. Want to play golf at one of our Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses right here in Lakeway? We’ll take care of that for you with the option of having one of our instructors join you. We spare no expense to make your experience here the most enjoyable you can find anywhere.
- TOP 25 GOLF SCHOOL
The Academy of Golf Dynamics has been recognized as one of the top 25 golf schools in America by GOLF Magazine since 1999 – the year the list started. Randy Dalton and Kyle Jerome have also been recognized by GOLF Magazine as top teachers in this region of the United States for several years as well as being nominated for the top 100 Teachers list.
Our facility is a Nicklaus designed practice facility with a huge practice tee, a 9 bay covered shelter, large putting green, separate pitching area with bunker and three full length practice holes – a par 3, 4 and 5. Our facility not only allows us to cover the basic shots you have during a round, but our private practice course allows us to teach you on course strategies and situational shots you have while playing.
- STATE OF THE ART V1 PRO VIDEO SYSTEM
Our new V1 Pro Video system allows us better analyze your swing with you through the latest in video technology. After returning home, you will be able to access your swing through our website while listening to one of our instructors go through the swing keys you worked on while you were here. While we never have, and still don’t, rely heavily on video in our teaching, it is a great new addition that has received fantastic feedback from our students. Just one more way we continue to bring you the best instruction you will find anywhere.
We have always strived to not only bring you the best golf instruction anywhere, but to make it the best value found anywhere. Our prices for our golf schools have always been unmatched for the quality of instruction you receive. It is a source of pride for us to give you the best at an affordable price.
- FOLLOW UP HELP WITH YOUR GAME
When you leave our school, you will receive a personalized prescription chart for your swing and short game, a review manual and review DVD as forms of reference for what you need to work on while you were here. Once attending our school, you will recieve a weekly email and a quarterly newsletter. One of our most popular services we provide is the ability to email us (or call) with any questions or problems you might be having with your game. We all have our ruts we get into with our game from time to time. But if you can’t seem to get out of your rut, we are always here for you and encourage you to contact us with any questions you might have. If you live out of town and know you will be in Austin, you can call us and come out to The Academy and let one of our instructors take a look at your swing. We are always here to help you with your game!
These are just several aspects of our golf school that make it the best in the country. Not only do we have no doubt we are the best at what we do, but we love what we do. We know that if you spend the time and money to come to us for help with your game, you expect the best…and that’s just what you’ll get. Come see us and put your golf game in our hands.
On the first day of golf school, when orientation begins, the first thing we tell the students to do is to listen to their own information that they will be given individually. From the beginning of the Academy of Golf’s existence, we have worked with each student on an individual basis. Prior to attending an Academy school, we have seen many students trying things that do not fit their golf swing or meet their specific needs.
Because of the different physical builds and body types, some people might need more left-sided thoughts or right-sided thoughts……or it could be that they need to work on balance, timing, arc or path. We stress that each student listen to their own information so that they can begin to immediately work on thoughts and keys that apply to them.
The next question we ask students is what are they working on in their games? What books, videos or recent lessons have they read, watched or taken? With the vast amount of information that is available either in print, television or online, experimentation can take place daily if desired. It’s not that all information out there is bad, it’s that it is not personalized to the individual.
We’ll also ask them to best describe their current ball flight if they have established one. This is done to later help them read their ball flight correctly and to be able to help them in the future if the need should arise. We offer help on a continual basis after completion of the school because the students’ continued progress is just as important as the knowledge they obtain while here. We keep record of the student’s current keys and video on file and they can always contact us through e-mail or phone. Students may even send us a video to analyze at no charge so the we can continue to help them stay on track and be better prepared for their next school and get to the next level.
We also have a list of generalized swing keys that we go through and ask the students if they currently attempt or have attempted them. These keys are common and are thoughts you might hear someone say or try on any given day at any course or range. Some of these keys are ok and some are not. Making sure the student’s thoughts and keys match is an important part of the process.
We then ask everyone to tell us how much they practice. It is true, you will have to practice in order to improve. However, we are of the mindset that you don’t have to practice a lot, but you do need to practice effectively in order to improve. So we ask that they watch what we do as far as time frames are concerned. We don’t spend the whole time on the driving range nor on the putting green. We always have a good mix and balance between all areas of the game and with the Jack Nicklaus practice hole course available, we can apply what is learned on the range and short game areas in real playing conditions. This is stressed with each student so they have a good idea of how to allocate their time appropriately to help them be proficient in all areas of the game.
Also, if students are interested in new clubs, they need just ask. We always immediately evaluate each golfer’s clubs to see if they misfit in any way such as loft, lie angle, shaft flex etc., and if they do, we will make honest recommendations for clubs that would best suit their needs. We do not sell clubs. The last couple of things we ask is that they be good listeners as we do give presentations in the different areas of the game. It is important that each student knows how the presentations apply to their swing. Finally, we tell all that make a fundamental change, especially with the grip, to not associate comfort with what is correct. Because we are changing the feel and/or optics, it might not feel or look quite right until there is plenty of repetition under the belt. So before your next trip to The Academy, be ahead of the game by knowing what to expect during orientation.
This year, the Academy of Golf Dynamics reached a milestone in the world of golf schools – THIRTY YEARS IN BUSINESS! That’s right, it’s our thirty year anniversary and we couldn’t be more proud, and fortunate, to have served so many good people. As in many businesses, thirty years is a number not seen very often.
The Academy of Golf Dynamics was established in 1982 by Bill Moretti and Mike Adams. They moved the school to Austin from Florida in 1986. We have been at the Academy of Golf at The Hills of Lakeway ever since. In 1991, Mike left the AGD and Bill took over as the sole owner and held that position until he sold the school to Kyle, Randy and Kevin in 2007. We couldn’t have asked for a better role model, boss, mentor and friend than Bill. We learned many things from Bill (and we still do). He taught us cause and effect of the golf swing. He taught us how to teach the person, not a system or a method. He taught us to strive to improve in some area each day. And he showed us how to develop relationships with our students. Since the move to Austin, we have helped over 25,000 students with their golf games. More importantly, we have developed relationships with a great many of our students that we have enjoyed for years, and still do to this day.
Over the years, one of the comments that we frequently hear is, “You guys look like you really enjoy what you’re doing”. We do really enjoy what we’re doing. In any service-based business you have to enjoy what you’re doing or you won’t be in business very long. We understand that many of you take your golf game very seriously. As a result, we take our teaching very seriously. That’s where our secret weapon comes in…our staff. Kyle J., Randy, Thor, Kyle E., Ryan, Nick, Brent and Jared make up what is considered by many in the golf business to be the best golf school in the country. It has always been our policy not to hire good golf instructors, but to hire good people and then make them good golf instructors. Our current staff is not only one of the most experienced staffs in the country, but also the best group of players we have ever had. Most of our instructors posses a college golf background which is not only rare, but proves to be invaluable when teaching on course strategies. Their years of experience not only in tournament golf, but in casual golf as well is passed on to you to help you to better enjoy this great game.
2012 was a great year for us and with the way our 2013 sign ups are pouring in already, it looks like the upcoming year is going to be even better. We have already started working on new presentations and format for 2013. And for the seventh straight year, we have not raised the price of our school. The quality of instruction coupled with our price and post-school help available to our students is unmatched anywhere in the country.
We hope all of you have a great holiday season and it, as always, is our pleasure to be your choice for golf instruction. We look forward to seeing all of you (and friends and family) in 2013 and let’s make the next 30 years as great as the first 30 years. Thanks!
Whether you play golf recreationally or in competition, you are likely to get nervous at some point for some reason. Nervousness and golf go together like a dog and fleas; They don’t always get along but the link between the two are a fact of life. Nervousness even affects the best golf players in the world, men and women alike. If you fall into this category, you are not alone. Furthermore, don’t let this fact of life get you down. Tom Watson, a professional golfer, had a hard time closing and winning tournaments when he first came out on the PGA Tour. This professional golfer went on to win 8 major championships. Everyone is aware of Greg Norman’s struggles with pressure during his career. He won two majors, which is more than Fred Couples for those of you keeping track. Tour players are human, just like you, and they get nervous too. The difference is that professional golfers know how to perform when they are nervous. First, embrace your nervousness on the golf course. Next, breathe and slow down when golfing. Then, visualize success. Finally, focus on the process, not the results on the golf course. Use these four ways to overcome nervousness on the golf course anytime you are feeling challenged by your anxiety.
Embrace your nervousness on the golf course
The first step in playing golf is to embrace your nervousness, if you have any. This embrace means admitting that you are actually nervous. You know when you are nervous and most likely so do your playing partners and competitors.
Begin by replacing the word “nervous” with “anxious”. “Anxious” sounds better and has a more positive ring to it. Fighting your nervousness will only make you more nervous and zap your energy. Look at playing golf while being nervous as a challenge. Now all of a sudden, your mind frame has changed from defensive to offensive.
Breathe and slow down when golfing
Consistent breathing is one of the best techniques to overcoming nervousness on the golf course. Take long, slow, deep breaths and slow down. This not only helps slow your heart rate, but has a calming effect mentally. Along with calming you down, consistent breathing helps more oxygen reach your brain, which in turn helps you think better. Nervous people tend to speed up and eventually you find yourself just trying to get the next shot over with. Don’t slow down so much that you interfere with pace of play, but slow your walk a little between shots. It will help calm your nerves so you can perform to your capabilities.
Visualize success in the game of golf
Visualization plays a major role in the game of golf. In many things that are mental like golf, you should have a good, positive picture of what you want before you perform. A good pre-shot routine will help you see in your mind what you want to do while also helping you get in a comfortable rhythm. There is not one tour player who doesn’t have a pre-shot routine. Furthermore, a pre-shot routine is something ANYONE can do well. Anyone can have a pre-shot routine that’s as good as the best players in the world. Practice your routine so it comes naturally when you are playing. Your pre-shot routine will become your comfort zone.
Focus on the process, not the results on the golf course
One of the major causes of nervousness is concentrating too much on the results instead of the process. Don’t worry about your score, concentrate on the shot at hand. The saying, “one shot at a time” is an old cliché but it is probably the most relevant saying in golf. Like building a house, you wouldn’t focus on the windows or the roof before your slab is poured. The same principle applies here. In order to shoot the score you would be happy with, you must first hit the shots that will get you to that score. You are building something when you play golf, and each shot is a block in that building. Augie Garrido, the baseball coach at The University of Texas, tells his players to play nine, one inning games during a game. Win each inning and you will win the game. If instead you start worrying about winning the game, you put pressure on yourself that decreases the level of your performance. Golf is no different. Key on each shot, one at a time, and in the end you are more likely to see the results you want.
These are just 4 techniques you can use to help you golf better when you are nervous. You may have some other ways to calm your nerves when you play. Get in close with nervousness. For more information about golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or send us a message via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.