Well-rounded golfers must master a variety of skills, including driving, reverse-putting, and suppressing the part of the brain that associates high scores with victory. Chip away at preconceived notions with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a golf-instruction package at GolfSmarts in Santa Clara (a $250 value). The package includes:
- Three one-hour private golf lessons
- A digital copy of each session<p>
Instructor and GolfSmarts founder Leigh Ochinero remedies swing imbalances with golf wisdom culled from more than two decades of teaching experience. Leigh—whose resume includes winning the 2000 San Jose Country Club Championship and time on the California and Golden State tours—scrutinizes clients’ swing mechanics with the help of video swing analysis, which plays back shots in slow motion to reveal any askew techniques or use of performance-dimishing poltergeists. Leigh strives to help clients develop a swing and playing strategy consistent with their physical abilities and body type. An assessment of each student’s equipment ensures clubs are properly aligned to match their bearer’s body type and swing style. After each lesson, pupils depart with a digital copy of the session burned onto a DVD or emailed to the student’s email account to keep for future reference or to use like a clay pigeon during driving-range-accuracy contests.
After digging up divots as a player on the California Golf Tour and Golden State Tour, golf pro Leigh Ochinero decided to share his passion for the sport by mentoring aspiring golfers. He coached players on everything from improving their short game to developing sound course strategy, and even spent time presiding over golf-instruction company Golf on the Move. Now, he leads GolfSmarts, drawing upon nearly 24 years of teaching experience as he combines traditional hands-on instruction and the modern technology of video analysis. He also invites pupils to join him for playing lessons that test whether or not newly learned skills can stand up to the pressure of a real course's hazards, design quirks, and ball-eating golf carts.
2065 Martin Ave.
Santa Clara, California 95050