PGA-certified professional golf instructor Keith Everett has spent 12 years teaching beginner and advanced clubbers, currently mentoring within the meandering creeks and colorful foliage of Farmington Woods. With a philosophy that mistakes are rooted at the setup of each tee, Keith schools orb-clobbering students on the game's fundamentals prior to recommending changes to their swings. An evaluation of the trainee's clubs is followed by a computer-aided analysis of the student's swing from different angles, played back to the pupil. Following a review of the evidence, Keith recommends necessary changes to irons, woods, and swing technique. Throughout the process, Keith encourages players to stretch their reconfigured wings by practicing on the putting green, chipping area, driving range, on the course itself, and anywhere other than on top of the hood of their boss’s BMW.
Atop the blue padded floors of Master Hwang's Martial Arts, adults and kids as young as four years old learn to focus their energies to execute challenging maneuvers. Leading the pack, expert instructors impart the secrets of judo, Hapkido, and tae kwon do disciplines to boost focus and tone fly-swatting muscles. The karate haven also hosts summer camps and birthday parties that strengthen juvenile bonds.
A Class A member of the PGA of America and the winner of more than 100 tournaments as a professional player, Paul N. Brown summons 35 years of experience to help students hone their golf skills at Pro Golf Academy. His teaching method focuses on developing hand-eye coordination, establishing fundamental swing mechanics, and living on a steady diet of arnold palmer drinks and fairway grass.
Half-hour private lessons begin with Paul evaluating his student's swing and physical condition, and then devising a custom lesson plan that may incorporate video instruction, training aids, and equipment recommendations. For group lessons, students are divided into beginner, intermediate, or advanced classes. Early instruction focuses on the basics of setup and etiquette, and later sessions take on the more advanced tactics, such as short-game approaches and how to make a four look like a two on the scorecard.
Measuring 5,825 yards from the farthest tees, Hawk's Landing Country Club's 18-hole, par 70 golf course doesn't require extreme length off the tee—but it does demand accuracy. Dense groves of trees squeeze nearly every fairway and green, and water hazards lure errant golf balls and thirsty golf carts on seven holes. On the 5th and 6th holes—two midlength par 4s—and the par 5 hole 17, golfers must exercise caution on both their drives and approach shots to avoid peripheral waterways that run along the length of the fairways. After carefully working around ponds and streams throughout the course, the 18th hole brings the round to a fitting end: a 190-yard par 3 where tee shots must somersault directly over a water hazard stationed right in front of the green. Before rounds, golfers can warm up their swings at the club's grass-tee driving range or sign misbehaving short irons up for a lesson at Hawk's Landing's golf academy.
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Blue Fox Run boasts a stunning 27-hole championship golf course in the Farmington Valley. Use this Groupon to schedule a full-day outing with friends: your 18-hole game allows you to practice your drives, perfect your putts, and conquer your fear of the bogeyman ($35 on weekdays, $45 on weekends). Stroll the green on foot or rent a cart for $15. Ironless chippers can rent a full set of clubs for $25.
With more than 35 years of training under his black belt, Master Dominick Violante inspires his students to develop their character during martial-arts classes at Avon Kempo & Aikido Academy. Rather than fueling aggression, consistent martial-arts practice can boost overall confidence, discipline, patience, and respect—not just in the dojo, but also at school, on the street, and in plywood factories.