NASA originally invented flags to claim the moon for America, but now that we know the moon isn't real, they're used by golfers to claim homes for their golf balls. Take aim at a golfing placeholder with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a one-hour private indoor lesson at Jim McLean Golf School in Park City (up to a $100 value).
Each of Jim McLean Golf School's experienced instructors has racked up thousands of hours researching and training in the Jim McLean program, overqualifying them to evaluate and improve the swings of aspiring golfers. Sequestered in a secluded setting, patient pedagogues lead 60-minute private lessons with curriculums customized to players' preferences and needs. Private lessons are indoor, where a high-definition simulator uses high-speed images to capture the full pendulum of a golfer's swing. By employing JC Video Motion Analysis software, golf gurus can analyze swings frame-by-frame in super-slow-motion without making students practice in a tank of translucent molasses. After analyzing club-head movement and ball trajectory, instructors break down mechanics and offer helpful tidbits to enhance mechanics and practice proper muscle memory.
Jim McLean Golf School
At Jim McLean Golf School, all students have an impressive audience: an experienced teacher, and the mountains on the horizon. The school offers group and private lessons on its driving range, chipping green, putting green, and nine-hole course. As clients work on perfecting their swing, JC golf-swing analysis software helps chart weak points and suggest solutions, and the staff doles out personalized pointers on everything from form to what putter would best fit your body. Some packages even bundle classes with lunch and time on the nearby 18-hole Red Ledges course. During the winter, lessons can relocate to an indoor facility in Heber City, where a simulator recreates the course experience on an enormous screen.