Like suntans and the ability to throw knives at apples on top of totem poles, golf skills disappear if you don't keep working at them. Keep the magic alive with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a three-hour full-swing clinic at Reason's Golf Academy (a $225 value) in Auburn Hills.
Reason's seasoned instructors lead student swingers through the nuances of their golf games with thorough guidance and professional expertise. From 1 p.m.–4 p.m. on Saturdays at the All Sports Dome in Auburn Hills, professional stick-swishers teach pupils not only how to swing, but how to manage their movements with a tried-and-true, preset routine, ensuring a quick recovery from shanked balls and Chinese finger traps.
Reason’s methods center on the correct vertical "ferris-wheel" swing, rather than the flatter "merry-go-round" or "deli-meat-slicer" axis common in many amateur strokes. The instructor-to-student ratio is one-to-three, so guests will receive plenty of personal attention during their pre-shot routine, alignment, length of swing, and course-management instruction. The training program also focuses on teaching golfers how to think on the course, giving iron wielders the mindset to produce swings that are consistent, easily correctable, and executed with Pez-dispenser-like efficiency. See the full-swing clinic schedule for the monthly agenda.
Reason's Golf Academy
Over his 30-year tenure teaching golf, founder Mark Reason has established Reason's Golf Academy locations in Michigan and Florida to spread the wisdom of his Ferris-wheel-swing technique. This coaching philosophy—designed to build swings that travel on a controlled, vertical axis rather than in a less-dependable merry-go-round motion—serves as the unifying force in all of the academy's instructional programs and as the building block for the development of a consistent, correctable, and windshield-friendly swing. Instructors use golf-simulator and swing-analyzer technology to scrutinize imperfect motions and weighted, molded-grip clubs and other training aids to guide clients toward proper technique. To further optimize patrons' pin-hunting prowess, the Academy offers club-fitting services, which pair clients with the clubs or modified pool noodles that best fit their unique swing profile.