We all know great golfers aren’t born, they’re created through practice.
However, if the fundamentals are not properly taught and thoroughly ingrained, then no amount of practice will turn a bad player into a good one.
Or, as Jack Nicklaus, the game’s all-time Majors winner, once said: “If you want to enjoy the game of golf more, it’s very simple: Learn to play better.”
That’s part of the guiding philosophy that drives the Nicklaus Academies. They’re now operating in ten countries , with the most recent opening of the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.
The curriculum, developed in conjunction with Nicklaus and Mike Malaska, the 2011 PGA National Teacher of the Year, is similar at each location yet the instruction “builds on the strengths of each individual student to develop a repeatable swing.”
“Our proven philosophy of instruction,” says the Academy’s website, “is based on improving the student from tee to green without reinventing their swing. Controlling the clubface and the flight of the ball is the foundation from which Jack’s game was built and where our philosophy resides today.”
In other words, when students arrive at a Nicklaus Academy facility they aren’t forced to relearn the game or to try to master a swing their body type and skill sets aren’t capable of.
“Our proven philosophy of instruction is based on improving the student from tee to green without reinventing their swing. Controlling the clubface and the flight of the ball is the foundation from which Jack’s game was built and where our philosophy resides today.”
What Do Students Learn at the JNAG
Students are assessed on a variety of physical, mental and personal traits along with their golf goals, strengths and limitations to form a personalized course of instruction to maximize both their enjoyment of the game and their progress towards better play.
“Students that experience our Academy programs depart with a true understanding of how to play better golf, what areas to continue to work on, and how to take their refined swing to the course while enjoying the game of golf at its highest level,” according to the official JNAG statement.
“More importantly, they integrate our training into their ongoing lifestyle routine, making the Nicklaus Academy a valuable component for years to come.”
That’s part of the guiding philosophy that drives the Nicklaus Academies, now operating in ten countries…
The Nicklaus Academies have been on the scene now for over 25 years and the curriculum has been refined to include everything “from goal setting and fitness and equipment assessments, to swing analysis, mental evaluation and course strategies, to tips and drills for full-swing and short game situations.”
The comprehensive program features both intensive, hands-on instruction and the latest golf teaching technologies to reinforce the learning.
This includes Swing Catalyst high-speed video capture and analysis. It also includes BodiTrak pressure/balance mat displays, integrated Flightscope ball launch flight monitors, 3-D imaging systems, K-Vest Kinematic Assessment, and Training programs, a computerized putting lab, custom club and ball fittings, and post-instruction communication.
Nicklaus Academy instruction programs include single and multi-day schools, family and couples clinics, and instruction packages for adults, juniors and seniors.
For more information about US and international locations and student programs, visit Nicklausacademies.com.