Former instructor at the East Bank Club and mentee of the renowned Hank Haney, Gil Davis has straightened the swings of Chicago golfers for more than a decade. Gil?s playing philosophy? that establishing a solid foundation of fundamentals can prevent many bad habits and frustrations?focuses on the basics. His instruction centers on developing proper grip, posture, and alignment from the get-go while tying in the strategic skill of course management. This planning mindset?often saved until later in the student?s advancement?keeps players focused on the larger picture in order to solve course conundrums, such as sand traps and the riddles of hole-guarding trolls. Instruction takes place at the practice facilities of Marquette Park, where grass tee boxes and 9,000 square feet of putting and chipping greens re-create common course conditions for focused practice.
From the seascapes of Pebble Beach Golf Links to the narrow fairways of Pinehurst No. 2, golfers can play some of the world's most famous courses in City Tee Time's golf simulator. The courses come to life on the 12-foot screen that golfers pelt with real golf balls launched by real clubs (City Tee time rents out clubs for no additional charge). During rounds, golfers can adjust shots and game-management strategies by referring to a system of 688 independent sensors that records the trajectory of each shot. Golfers can also adjust a number of variables before each round, such as electing to play in calm, breezy, or windy conditions and on hard, soft, or lava greens.
City Tee Time also boasts a short-game training area and digital practice modules, which let golfers scrutinize their swings and vestigial tails with video-replay technology. While practicing their stroke, guests can keep track of live sporting events on City Tee Time's HD TVs or stay abreast of work responsibilities with the facility's complimentary WiFi.
TourBound Golf Academy fosters score-shaving improvement for golfers of all abilities with the latest PGA Tour simulators and professional instructors. The immense screens of simulators line the walls, vividly bringing to life the verdant landscapes of 50 of the world's most famous courses. To allow for realistic play, the highly detailed simulator experience takes into account factors such as wind currents, ball spin, and excessively sweaty palms to inform the outcome of each swing. Offering a more hands-on kind of swing sprucing, the academy offers sessions with the TourBound robot, which can correct common swing imbalances, such as having too steep a backswing or failing to transfer body weight through the swing. The long arms of the robot physically guide hands through the proper motions, giving players a feel for the proper technique while making sarcastic remarks about human mortality.
For those looking for less structured practice, the academy also offers hitting bays that foster rote swing mechanics. Between time spent peering into the murky depths of their golf swing, guests can relax amid plush leather seats and spacious locker room.
Signature service: Golf Lessons
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Taylor Made, Nike, Callaway
Pro Tip: The instructor is knowledgable about the golf game.
The team of avid golfers at Chicago Style Golf invites golfers of all stripes into its pro shop to check out the industry's newest equipment, take a lesson, or have a broken club repaired. The shop buys, sells, and trades used equipment. Customers can upgrade their driver or trade in their putter after that black cat crossed their putting line. If patrons cannot find the specific club or specs they need, the staff can custom fit and order what they are looking for. Customers also can search for the right putter on the shop's synthetic putting green and test out clubs in one of their three hitting bays, complete with a launch monitor that assists with in-house swing lessons.
Class A PGA member Gabe Rios understands that the more someone wants to succeed at golf, the harder it is to concentrate on making incremental but essential improvements. By fostering a relaxed atmosphere within his indoor golf studio, he helps his students work out their goals while keeping the game stress-free and fun. Players take their cuts inside a hitting bay fitted with a Foresight launch monitor, V1 Golf video analysis technology, and two televisions. This tech arsenal allows them to watch replays of their swing mechanics in real time and receive feedback on ball flight statistics. Meanwhile, Gabe—himself an avid golfer since the age of six with a degree in professional golf management—looks on from his director’s chair, doling out constructive criticism and inventing playing scenarios, such as a plugged ball or a putter face covered in honey.