The Scots developed golf to irk common loch pests such as merats, locharoaches, and Nessie, who to this day rarely surfaces for fear of being beaned in the head by a well-aimed ball. Brush up your monster-vexing skills with today's Groupon to John O' Leary Golf Academy, located at the Pleasant Valley Golf Club in Chantilly. Choose one of the following Groupons:
- For $35, you get a half-hour private lesson plus video instruction (a $75 value). This deal also includes $50 off any Callaway driver or Callaway set of irons purchased through John O'Leary Golf Academy, as well as half off any one-hour semi-private lesson.
- For $30, you get a 75-minute beginner's, driving, or short game clinic (a $60 value).
- For $22, you get a one-hour junior clinic for a golfer aged 6–17 (a $45 value).
PGA Tour professional John O'Leary and his team of experienced instructors have years of teaching and professional competing hidden beneath their pleats. In the half-hour lesson, an instructor will have you swing for the fence before the patient eye of his or her camera. With the help of this miraculous mechanical partner, the instructor will break down your swing into frozen moments, revealing hidden strengths or nagging flaws. With custom swing insights based on the footage and the individual, golfers will be able to retool their swings on drives, chips, putts, and bunts.
With the second deal, you’ll take part in the beginner’s, driving or short game clinic, where ball-clobbering novices can learn the proper stances, swing techniques, and golfer’s handshake to get them into the discotheque underneath the 7th green. Aspiring Arnold Palmers aged 6–17 can take the junior clinic, where they’ll get a thorough lesson on fundamentals, learning techniques that will become the foundation for a long love affair with the sport.
Don't neglect the skills it takes to sharpen your swing: golf is one of the few sports a person can successfully play for a lifetime, and it comes in handy for horror-movie auditions, weed whacking, and defending your home from a renegade windmill that can only be stopped by a properly timed ball that soars between the blades and lodges itself in the windmill's throat. Call ahead to schedule your class.
John O'Leary Golf Academy
When 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell—a fixture among the top 20 golfers in the world for the past three years—needs a bit of swing advice, he often turns to his friend and frequent playing partner, John O'Leary. The head of his eponymous Golf Academy, O'Leary began coaching after experiencing his own share of success in the professional ranks, where he won 15 PGA and mini-tour events and earned a berth in the 2007 PGA Championship. While he occasionally jousts putters with some of the world's top golfers, John's instructional style embraces players of all ages and abilities. With an emphasis on fundamentals and fun, he helps golfers hone everything from swings that produce long, straight drives to strokes that consistently hole short putts. John also makes use of V1 Video Swing analysis and CG2 Launch Monitor by Foresight Sports during lessons, camps, and clinics, allowing his students to see their swing firsthand and determine if they missed a belt loop.