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 beamed in the head by a well-aimed ball. Brush up your monster-vexing skills with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a half-hour golf lesson with a video diagnostic from John O' Leary Golf Academy, a $75 value. Call ahead to schedule an appointment at the training grounds in Chantilly at the Pleasant Valley Golf Club. As an added bonus, you'll receive an additional coupon that offers 2-for-1 greens fees toward 18 holes of golf at either Pleasant Valley or its sister course, South Riding Golf Club. This coupon can only be used Monday through Thursday.
John O'Leary and his team of experienced instructors have years of teaching and competing in professional events 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, he or she 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, golfists will be able to retool their swings on drives, chips, putts, and bunts.
Don't neglect the skills it takes to handle your rod: golf is one of the few sports a person can successfully play for a lifetime and 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.
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.
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