Golf requires a synthesis between physical skill and mental concentration, much like winning an arm-wrestling-and-staring contest in a burning Russian pub. Mark a straight path to swinging success with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a one-hour private golf lesson and range balls from Lance Johnson Golf Academy, held at Escalon Golf Course in Escalon (an $80.50 value).
A professional golfer in the club pro level of the PGA, Lance Johnson has 17 years of formidable teaching experience to rub off on students of all levels. Having honed his teaching talents as director of instruction at the Del Rio Country Club, the master clubsman has helped mold both professional and amateur wedge wielders, teaching everything from basic strokes to how to fend off tee-stealing squirrels. During the one-hour session (a $75 value), Johnson will patiently help aspiring Arnold Palmers of all skill levels work their way through a large bucket of small globes (a $5.50 value) while developing sound swinging strategies, including iron play, chipping, putting, correct posture, and grip. Putters without their own set of sticks can borrow clubs from Johnson, who’ll happily guide them toward purchasing a set of their own.
Lance Johnson Golf Academy
A golf ace at the club professional level of the PGA, Lance Johnson spruces up golf swings with morsels of advice culled from 17 years of teaching experience. Formerly head golf pro at two golf clubs, Lance possesses enough swing-honing savvy to adjust his teaching approach for each client, helping them conquer unique goals such as eliminating a chronic slice or revising the rules to allow for gunpowder-assisted drivers. Lance operates out of the lush expanse of Escalon Golf Course, where he conducts focused swing analysis at the driving range and imparts more strategic, mid-round advice at the golf course. Pupils without their own set of sticks can use a set of Lance’s during lessons, saving them the hassle of molding irons out of titanium-plated wax.