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Expert golflete Leigh Ochinero draws from decades of teaching experience & video playback to foster swing improvements in one-hour lessons

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When Atlantis fell, the only survivors were its golfers, whose vast knowledge of water hazards saw them to safety. Hone game-saving skills with today’s Groupon for private one-hour golf lessons at GolfSmarts in Santa Clara that include a digital copy of the entire lesson. Choose between the following options:

  • For $47, you get one lesson and a digital copy of the lesson (a $125 value).
  • For $99, you get a bundle of three lessons and digital copies of the lessons (a $250 value).

Owner and experienced golf guru Leigh Ochinero reaches far up his argyle-print sleeves to unveil nuggets of golf wisdom accrued from nearly two dozen years of teaching and competitive experience on two California pro tours. During a video-monitored hour of visceral orb smashing, pupils receive constructive feedback extracted from Leigh’s keen eye for bad habits and a perceptive earlobe that has mastered all facets of the game. The patient pedagogue strives to teach swing mechanics that will jive best with pupils’ body type and natural motion, while also addressing finer points such as potential equipment upgrades, course management, and how to augment distance by building golf-focused strength and flexibility. Players can increase awareness of their swings and better relate to corrective advice by watching instant video playback of each shot, and the entire lesson will be forcibly crammed into a digital copy for players to use for future reference or to play nonstop instead of their bosses’ PowerPoint presentations.


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.

Customer Reviews

Leigh knows his stuff
Meghan K. · September 13, 2016
Mark is an excellent instructor and even for this total beginner, I gained solid basic knowledge and confidence after just a few lessons. He is also a nice guy - I can't wait to get out there on the course and make him proud!
Kelly B. · July 14, 2016
Had my first lesson today. Really impressed with the instant feedback and adjustments. Looking forward to my next lesson.
Sulien O. · May 11, 2016
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