One or Three 60-Minute Golf Lessons for Two or Three from Christine Roffi, LPGA (Up to 59% Off)

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The dimples on a golf ball help it fly farther with greater accuracy, just like the dimples on a baby. Improve your long game with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

  • $59 for one 60-minute lesson for two ($120 value)
  • $75 for one 60-minute lesson for three ($160 value)
  • $149 for three 60-minute lessons for two ($360 value)
  • $195 for three 60-minute lessons for three ($480 value)

Golf Balls: From Feathers to 400-Yard Flight

The way your ball looks—and what's inside it—both hugely influence the way it flies. Learn what makes the best balls soar so well.

Although golf may be characterized by forethought and deliberation, the golf ball’s evolution from feather-stuffed leather pouch to its modern incarnation was not so calculated. The ball’s most salient feature, its dimpled surface, was adopted by accident. In the mid-1800s, players began shaping balls from gutta-percha, a form of latex then used as packing material. At first, golfers would smooth out the balls after each game, but the lazier among them soon found they had the advantage: the more nicks the ball had, the better it flew. Although it’s bad for a plane, air turbulence is good for a golf ball, and creating turbulence on a tiny scale is precisely what dimples do. As the ball flies, the indentations catch tiny amounts of air and push that air to the rear, maintaining the air pressure behind the ball for longer.

Much of golf-ball design is based on another simple fact of physics: a golf ball is slightly deformed by each stroke. Some deformation is desirable, since, as the ball seeks to regain its shape, that energy will help launch it on its path. But the ball can’t be too deformed (imagine trying to putt a water balloon). The most common ball today—the two-piece, which accounts for 70 percent of all golf balls sold—is a basic device, with a solid rubber core underneath the dimpled surface. The exterior layer provides a feeling of control for the golfer, but the sturdy core still transfers energy efficiently. Three-piece balls complicate the picture, boasting a solid or liquid core tightly wound with rubber thread. These balls are harder to compress and can be driven greater distances, but they’re also more difficult—and thus more expensive—to make.

In a Nutshell

Groups of two and three learn to improve their swings and scores with the help of a PGA professional

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Appointment required, 24 hour advance notice required. Subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Additional fees may apply for range balls, depending on desired lesson focus. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • Santa Clara (2398.5 miles)

    5155 Stars & Stars Stripes Dr.

    Santa Clara, California 95054

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