Robinson Golf academy

Lake Geneva

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A high-tech simulator analyzes swings for accuracy and distance during 45-minute lessons that include golf drills for home practice

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Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $35 for one private 45-minute golf lesson ($75 value)
  • $65 for two private 45-minute golf lesson ($150 value)

Along with drills for home practice, each lesson includes an in-depth swing analysis, where an advanced simulator measures everything from spin rates to club speed.

Crushing by Compression: When Golf Ball and Club Collide

While instructors may advocate different methods of swinging a golf club, the ideal outcome is always the same. Read on to learn about the physics of the collision between the club and ball.

It’s said that golf can take a lifetime to master, but just about every shot takes only milliseconds. In fact, the actual collision between club and ball lasts only around 450 millionths of a second, and it’s here where the biggest action of a golf swing takes place. In a desirable outcome, two things happen as the center of the clubface strikes the ball: first, the club’s momentum transfers to the ball; second, the impact causes the flexible ball to compress, adding extra velocity as the ball springs back into shape. The more compression, the farther the ball will travel. With lofted clubs such as the 6-iron, the clubface strikes the ball on a downward trajectory, scooping out a divot of turf in the meantime. This creates even more compression by pushing the ball into the dirt before it leaves the ground. Before launching skyward, the ball scoots up the lofted plane of the clubface, rubbing against the grooves to create backspin that will help it maintain its trajectory and fight through any wind resistance or asteroid fields. If the club is angled at impact, i.e., not facing square to the target, it will cut across the ball, creating sidespin and resulting in either a hook or a slice.

When it comes to the golf swing, there are many different styles and schools of thought—each with its own variation on setup, grip, backswing, and follow-through—but there are some universal techniques that help create an effective and explosive impact. For instance, at the top of the backswing, golfers should have their wrists cocked at a 90-degree angle. To generate optimal clubhead speed, they wait until their hands drop to their waist until they release their wrists, effectively whipping the clubhead through contact and adding punch to an otherwise smooth, steady swing.

Robinson Golf Academy

Playing golf will always be subject to the whims of Mother Nature, but Robinson Golf Academy makes practice possible regardless of weather or season. The academy's climate-controlled facility shields players from precipitation and fervent sales pitches from skywriters inside a golf simulator that closely approximates playing on a real, full-size course. With each swing, the simulator's finely tuned sensors take a multitude of readings that typically aren't possible even on the range, including club head speed, launch angle, and overall distance. Led by a 12-year PGA veteran, lessons in these simulators help students understand all aspects of their golf swing and learn the precise tweaks necessary to unlock their game.

Customer Reviews

Well worth it. Learned a lot!
Deb M. · October 19, 2014
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    Lake Geneva

    728 West Main Street

    Lake Geneva, WI 53147


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