For Sean Lanyi, the first step to becoming a golf teacher was agonizing. After winning his first professional tournament, he developed intense pain in his right arm and needed reconstructive surgery on his elbow. The year he spent away from the fairway consisted of rigorous physical therapy and exercise, which helped him cultivate a new sense of discipline outside his golf practice. By teaching himself to move and swing again, Sean found a desire to do the same for others—he taught in Hawaii and Las Vegas, then finally traveled back to the Black Gold Golf Club in Orange County to establish himself as a PGA Teaching Professional and Playing Professional in the Southern California PGA Section.
Today, Sean channels his past as well as lessons from Mike Malaska, Jim Flick, Jack Nicklaus, Jerry King, and Jim Waldron as he trains all ages and skill levels with group, corporate, and private lessons. With high-speed cameras and V1 video analysis, he meticulously analyzes swings, sending clients individual emails with tips for enhancing their form. He also hosts clinics that encompass all aspects of game play, teaching participants how to achieve greater distances or fake a change in wind speed by blowing in their opponent's ear.
Harbor Golf Practice Center invites clubbers to work on any aspect of their golf game within its multifaceted training grounds. Golfers can fine-tune herculean drives or short-iron approach shots at the Center’s expansive driving range, hone their stoke on the putting green, or bury misbehaving sand wedges in the practice bunker. A diverse staff of instructors utilizes the range to help guests straighten out slices in a variety of private or group lessons. The Center opens at 6 a.m. and doesn’t close until 10 p.m., seven days a week, allowing golfers to squeeze in some after-hours practice or drink in a romantic sunset with their 3-wood.:m]]