Golf Academy

Feb
14

Teaching Philosophy

Posted on February 14, 2015 by SLRadmin

The first step in training any student is to fully understand the player's own knowledge of the sport, their swing, basic swing mechanics and setup, shot shapes and fundamentals.  This is what we call the "Golfer's IQ".  With each student, we conduct and interview to determine their knowledge of the sport.  We also use this interview to discover each student's strengths, weaknesses, ball flight, club to ball contact, tendencies, short term and long term goals.  We must also determine the age, ability, and desire of each student; desire being the most important and clearly defined.  We must have a clear understanding and agreement before we can make recommendations on what program or plan of attack best fits a special student.

Many sophisticated and somewhat complicated biomechanical movements in a golf swing require the human body to do complex tasks that require timing and efficiency.  A TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Physical Screening will help us diagnose each student's physical abilities regarding mobility and stability.  The more we know about the body's abilities and inabilities, the better we can make a body to swing connection as well as establish the best approach.  This ultimately helps us focus our efforts in a manner that aligns with the physical condition of the athlete.  We now have essentially three ways to manage our time.  

  1. If a student is a perfectly conditioned athlete, which is rare, than we simply work on playing golf.
  2. If a student is not a perfectly conditioned athlete, are they willing to take the time to improve their physical conditioning as it applies to their game?
  3. Are we going to find ways to improve by working around physical abilities?

With the 3rd option, we would still encourage each athlete to take care of their body and still show them the potential that better conditioning can provide.  It would be a disservice not to.

Once a route is chosen, communication becomes the difference between memorizing and truly learning.  Without the understanding of why we should do it, how we are going to do it, and what happens when we achieve it; then why do it in the first place?  Connecting the "What and Why" to the "When, Where and How" is communication.  Communication is simply the glue that connects mechanics to performance, conscious thoughts to athletic movements or ideas into skills.  Communication, along with purposeful, dedicated and motivated repetition that aligns with the desire and ability of the athlete, is the key to learning any motor skill.

Let's align our understanding, desires, physical abilities, communication and practice habits in order to get you on the right track.  We will admit, this isn't always the path of least resistance.  However, our job is to get you down the road to success as fast as possible.  

Brian Natzel, PGA
Director of Instruction
The Academy at Swan Lake Resort

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Sep
30

Dr. Jim Ehlich

Posted on September 30, 2014 by SLRadmin

I really enjoyed our session. All the different training exercises were good and a slight data overload. I worked on the hip motion, inside out swing and more vertical hit (tee behind or in front of the ball. Initially I had problems getting the tee in front of the ball but by Sat it was clicking. I worked a lot on keeping my wrist cocked to avoid casting and now on turning over my left wrist. The timing is coming together. I played Saturday and Sunday and what an amazing difference in distance and accuracy and consistency. It does feel like I am trying that hard to hit 250+ yards drives. As the follow through improves the irons are now drawing with increased distance. The Sand play is a lot better. Unfortunately I have not had much success with your lob shot techniques yet. Thank you very much PS I played Sunday with one of our members who has played with me in the past. After seeing my new game in only a few day;he was asking more details about lessons and the cost. Since it was a gift I only know the package but it seemed reasonable to him. I am curious how much just a half day or full day lessons are without the hotel and greens fees.
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Sep
10

Frank Mingey

Posted on September 10, 2014 by SLRadmin

The experience at Swan Lake was awesome. The instruction from John was great. It has really improved my game. I love the game of golf even more now. I never had a lesson before and therefore really had nothing to practice. Now with the instruction I received, I can go out and practice what I’ve learned and become more efficient at the game. Also the accommodations and food was great. The overall experience was super and I have highly recommended Swan Lake to my friends. Thanks again.
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Sep
02

Johnny and Lauren Glennon

Posted on September 2, 2014 by SLRadmin

We just wanted to take a minute and tell you how much we appreciated the lessons and your teaching style; we learned a ton! Johnny and I have very different personalities and you were great with both of us. I think that is a true testament to your wonderful knowledge of the game and fantastic teaching abilities. In fact, Johnny's game has improved immensely! Anyway, thank you again for your time and patience with us throughout our stay - it's not easy to teach both a fireman AND an attorney at the same time - and we had fun too. We will definitely be in touch to book a fall weekend. In the meantime; take care and enjoy your summer!!
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Aug
22

Debbie and Dave Mannia

Posted on August 22, 2014 by SLRadmin

I would like to take this opportunity to express our experience at the golf academy last week. Debra and I were extremely impressed with the teaching style of John Ericson. His ability to relate to other sports and tie them back to golf was fantastic. John was very keen on observing both the techniques of Debra and myself and not at all hesitant to make corrections to our mistakes. That's great. I felt as though this was a training session that I wish I would of had years ago so I would have enjoyed the sport more. Playing a bad a golf round is not fun, but frustrating. John, likewise focused on Debbie's new skills and got her off on the right track. She likewise is enjoying the golf experience. We both enjoyed the accommodations at the hotel and really found the golf course to be a beautiful and enjoyable experience. I guess I have to say that Swan Lake Golf academy is one of the best kept secrets in Northern Indiana. Trust me, Debbie and I will be returning to your facility in the near future so we can continue to sharpen our golf skills. Hopefully, John will remain on staff. He is a key asset to that academy. See you soon.
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Jul
02

Scoring Clinics - Short Game

Posted on July 2, 2014 by SLRadmin

Scoring Clinics - Short Game

Program Cost:  $119 for adults and $99 for Juniors (Ages 12-18) 
 

Join us at The Academy to learn the shots that can improve your scoring.  70% of the game of golf is played from 100 yards and in.  Yet, this is the area where most amateurs spend the least amount of time practicing.  Let our qualified PGA Professional Staff teach you how to Get Up and Down from Anywhere.  During your 5 sessions with us, you will learn:

  • Chipping and Pitching
  • Bunker Shots
  • Specialty Lob and Flop Shots
  • Putting
  • Getting the Ball to Respond on the Green as Intended
  • Angle of Descent and Attack Angles
  • Judging Lies
  • Controlling Distance, Trajectory and Spin

 

Spring Program Dates

Dates (Wednesday):  April 22nd, April 29th, May 6th, May 13th and May 20th

Times:  5:00pm to 6:30pm

 

Summer Program Dates

Dates (Sunday):  July 26th, August 2nd, August 9th, August 16th and August 23rd

Times:  1:00pm to 2:30pm

 

Introductory Video from The Academy at Swan Lake Resort's PGA Director of Instruction, Brian Natzel

 

 

 

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Mar
25

Jennifer Moran

Posted on March 25, 2014 by SLRadmin

Brian, thank you so much for my awesome lesson. The tips you gave me really helped and I hope to continue to improve on the strategies you taught me. Friday evening after my lesson, I played just horrendous...but my rounds on Saturday and Sunday were pretty good. I scored a 98 twice on Sunday. I have NEVER broken that 100 stroke barrier before and I owe it all to you. Thanks so much!
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Mar
25

Caleb (CJ) Armand

Posted on March 25, 2014 by SLRadmin

Brian, I just wanted to start off by saying that the changes we made in my swing concerning my hands has helped me out tremendously. I went from hitting my 7-iron about 155 yards to hitting it 175-180 now after the changes that we made. The way you taught me the drills to practice and the way you presented to me were very easy to understand. I had told you from the beginning that I had not had any lessons and was looking to take my game to the next level. I feel like the things you have taught me will help get me there. Not only have we worked on my swing, we have also worked on my putting stroke. I have worked very hard at the things you have taught me and I feel like my game is becoming sharper than ever. Putts are dropping more and I'm hitting more fairways and greens. That is what I need to do if I want to make it to the next level. Another thing that has helped me after our lesson together is my accuracy and ability to work the ball in either direction. Hands are a huge factor in the golf swing and I wasn't aware of this until our lesson. Again, my game has improved tremendously and I can't thank you enough. You are one of the best instructors I have had help me.
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Mar
25

David P. Sholl

Posted on March 25, 2014 by SLRadmin

Brian, I really enjoyed your teaching method. I learned more about my golf swing in two sessions that I have in the 45 years of playing golf. I feel it was the best money I ever spent for golf instruction. I really enjoyed the practice drills such as the hockey drill, and the (A) and (H) sand shot drill. I also have used the illustration for the clock to make the downswing. I saw immediate improvement in my driver. I'm now able to work my ball right to left or left to right on command. I like using the video to review my lessons before I go play golf. The changes I have made has me very happy but my playing partners are scratching their heads. I would highly recommend to anyone who is struggling with their golf game to get in touch with you golf academy at Swan Lake Resort. Your teaching principals can help anyone to enjoy the game of golf.
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Mar
25

Vince and Austin Duke

Posted on March 25, 2014 by SLRadmin

Brian, thanks so much for working with Ashton last week. His putting game improved immediately. He really appreciated your help. I also appreciate the fact that you didn't pressure him to "Trade up" in clubs since the ones he has are basically the same as the newer designs. You deserve much credit for putting the golfer's best interest in mind ahead of sales. We'll recommend you and the Golf Academy to others in a heartbeat!
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