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 $28, you get a 30-minute private golf lesson at The Golf Den in Sherwood Park (a $59 value).
The Golf Den's knowledgeable instructors helm indoor virtual golfing lessons that help players of all abilities ameliorate their clubbing prowess through simply presented custom lesson plans. Each 30-minute private lesson employs V1 Pro video analysis software and three flattering camera angles to conduct a fundamental swing evaluation, allowing instructors to diagnose problem areas and applaud emotive close-ups as they review the resulting moving picture. Putting pedagogues then lead students through drills designed to address individual form and teach techniques centered upon enhancing score-lowering skills such as grip, club rotation, kinetic linking, and spin control. Virtual assessment technologies and instructor-gleaned savvy combine to give golfers access to a level of personal analysis hard to find outside of one-on-one encounters with fairway-dwelling Freuds. Once lessons have finished and tearful farewells have been bidden, students receive a copy of their swing video in their email inbox for screening during living-room film festivals, along with a lesson summary for future reference.
The Golf Den advises pupils to bring along their own clubs, clean golf or tennis shoes, and life-size cutouts of Arnold Palmer to their lessons. Rental clubs are available for an additional $10 fee (not included with today’s deal). The Golf Den is open seven days a week during the winter, allowing golfing gurus to keep their game sharp throughout the off-season. Peruse the online FAQs for more information.
The Golf Den
The windswept, coastal hillocks of the Old Course at St. Andrews and the seaside cliffs of Pebble Beach both come to life in the aboutGolf Simulators of The Golf Den. Showcasing massive, high-definition screens, the four simulators let golfers—armed with their own clubs or sawed-off curtain rods—play rounds at digital replicas of 40 of the world’s top courses. Players can also work on their swings in the practice modules, which feature systems of high-speed cameras that project the flight of each shot.
Before warping into digital Scotland for a round of 18, golfers can perfect their form with a lesson from one of The Golf Den’s CPGA-certified instructors. During lessons, the staff use V1 Video swing-analysis software to provide visual feedback for each shot, and FlightScope technology to track the ball’s trajectory. Guests in need of replacements for aging clubs or sand wedges that have taken jobs as firewood axes can browse The Golf Den’s inventory of Callaway clubs.