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 in the Pro Golf outlet in Venice (a $225 value).
At Reason's Golf Academy, experienced instructors rely upon instant feedback from electronic simulators to help golfers of all experience levels improve their game. Reason's indoor, full-swing lessons help golfers develop a proper, repeatable "ferris-wheel" swing, as opposed to the flatter "merry-go-round" swing or inverted fly-swatter hack. With a three-to-one student to teacher ratio, each three-hour class is designed for individual feedback and guidance for preshot routines, alignment, swing length, and grip. As students tee off on a simulated course, a swing analyzer captures an array of data that informs corrections for shanks, slices, hooks, and confounding ellipses. Reason’s classes also focus 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.
For the most part, Reason's Golf Academy will be holding clinics on select Saturdays throughout the summer; however, students should contact Reason's Golf Academy for available clinic times. Students needn't bring weighted training clubs, though the instructors do recommend their use, along with the use of gravity-defying golf balls and soap.
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.