Jay Lim is something of a sports renaissance man. In high school, he won the California state championship in high jump, and set a school record by clearing 6'10.5." After jumping for four years in college, he qualified for the 2004 Olympic trials in archery despite receiving no formal training. He took up golf the following year, and established a scratch handicap within a year?a level the overwhelming majority of golfers never attain.
Clearly, Jay Lim knows how to become really good at a sport, really fast. In fact, he's given a name to his approach to golf?the Pure Impact System. The system seeks to replicate a standard, biomechanically efficient swing for each golfer by breaking it down into several core components. This begins with the grip, posture, and setup. Using the results of an initial evaluation, Jay then applies the concept to every part of a golfer's game, from the full swing to strategizing over the best time to build a sand trap in an opponent's path.
Named America's third most difficult golf course by Golf Digest, Ko'olau Golf Club's Dick Nugent–designed course snakes through the crags of the picturesque, 2,000-foot Ko'olau Ridge mountain range, where duffers contend with dramatic elevation changes and the thick vegetation of the tropical jungle. The breathtaking course spans 5,102 yards from the forward tees and 7,310 yards from the back tees, with two sets in between, and its length is compounded by a series of deep ravines, massive sand bunkers, and driver-stealing Pacific loons. After enduring 17 intricate holes, golfers must steel themselves for the dramatic, par 4 18th, where two forced carries and 22 sand bunkers may turn even the boldest of wedge-wielding knights into a quivering lickspittle. Though the formidable seashore paspalum monolith may mangle scorecards, its sweeping, tropical vistas and cascading waterfalls make the course a beautiful and enjoyable haunt for all.
GolfTEC's thirteen locations in the Los Angeles area, all staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you’ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.
In 1969, at the age of 34, J. Hyon set aside his career as a master of martial arts to try out golf and he hasn't put the club down since. Though he got a bit of a late start, Hyon has managed to qualify for 27 Champions Tours, including three U.S. Senior Opens. As he got older, Hyon realized that conventional swing techniques were no longer working for him. So he simplified the process, and built a new method around what he calls impact position–or, the deciding factor in whether a ball stays on the straight and narrow or heads down a road paved with drugs and booze. Today, instructor Hyon teaches his method to students at Golf Easy Way, where he offers lessons in both full swing and putting.
While many golf instructors compete on professional tours, few can also include the title of “TV star” on their resumés. John Lepak of Renaissance Golf Academy is one of those few: in addition to touring for the better part of a decade, he appeared as a contestant on Golf Channel’s reality show Big Break, which awards pro-tour exemptions to the winner of the show’s various challenges. Students of all levels can gain from John’s expertise and see if he really looks 12 feet tall off camera by enrolling in lessons at his private academy, where they’ll hone putting strokes on a 6,000-square-foot putting green and shore up full swings on the 16-tee driving range. Each lesson incorporates video analysis, providing immediate feedback of golfers’ swing mechanics.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.