Golf Schools

10 Questions on Golf Schools – with EWGASMN members Myra O’Ferrall and Martha Hagler

An Interview with Myra O’Ferrall on her visit to the Vision 54 Golf School

Q:  What was the name of the school you attended?
A: Vision54 (3 days with co-founders Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson, and their apprentices for a class size of 12)  www.vision54.com

Q: How did you come to decide on this school?
A: Over the past year I had read several books on the non-physical part of golf (such as mental awareness, the spirit of the game, what social benefits are there and more) in order to improve my current level.

Q: What was your day-to-day agenda?
A: Essential Playing Skills to leverage YOUR state of peak performance; exploring your whole game of golf (P+T+M+E+S2Physical + Technical + Mental + Emotional + Social + Spiritual); storage of memory, mechanics of confidence, (what are your pre-shot and post-shot routines), how do you manage self talk (emotional resilience)...what you practice you get good at (integrating skills [Balance, Tension, Tempo - BTT], keeping your attention on intention…simulate golf in practice)

Q: Was it expensive? Worth the time and expense?
A: Vision54 was certainly well worth my time and expense to attend; the lessons learned mostly in the non-technical perspective were many (see short list above), the epiphanies several, and I realized the knowledge gained can be used off the golf course as well as on the golf course.

Q: What was the instruction like? How much individual attention did you receive?
A: Prior to the class, each student completed an extensive profile called, “Mental Golf Workshop Profile – powered by the DISC Profile System.” Pia, Lynn and their great staff read through each profile in preparation of our class, such that the first day we arrived, there was a personal greeting for each student and they had an idea of our individual golf playing focus/goals during practice and playing on the course.

Pia and Lynn authored three books on the Essential Playings Skills (one of several goals of Vision54 / birdie golf); most of that material was covered during the 3 days in an outdoor setting at Talking Stick Resort practice range, with each day being ½ day of applying the lessons learned intermittently on the practice range and the golf course.  Pia, Lynn and their great staff interacted with each student (individually) were hands-on every day.

Q: Have you noticed (or do you think) your game will improve because of the school? In what ways?
A: I definitely see a positive change in my golf game!  Wherever I am, I use several “tools” when things are not quite right…as I learned first and foremost peak performance is solely determined / controlled by me and only me (not a golf score, drive, chip, putt and or my handicap); my decisions and commitments to hitting THE SHOT are more concise and deliberate, mostly because of my attention to balance-tempo-tension awareness is front and center just prior to making the actual swing…then I let it just “flow” through the physical swing…how liberating it is to (re)learn to just take a golf swing and let it “flow” just like we did when we were kids playing miniature golf without much care for where the ball landed.

Q: Did you get hooked up to a machine to test your swing? Were you videotaped? How’d that go?
A:No

Q: What were the facilities like and the accommodations?
A: The 3 days were in an outdoor setting at Talking Stick Resort practice range, with each day being ½ day of applying the lessons learned intermittently on the practice range and the golf course.

Q: What was the best golf tip you received?
A: Play like a kid! Golf is a g-a-m-e.

Q: Did you have a fun time? Would recommend to others?
A: Definitely, and would certainly recommend this class to anyone!

 
 

 

An Interview with Martha Hagler on her visit to the GOLF MADE SIMPLE Golf School

Q:  What was the name of the school you attended?
A: Golf Made Simple  ( golfmadesimple.com)

Q: How did you come to decide on this school?
A: Meg Thompson, EWGA member, found it and we thought it looked interesting.  Attended with Meg Thompson and Patty Van Kirk.

Q: What was your day-to-day agenda?
A: Ball striking drills from 9 to noon. Lunch.  Putting or chipping drills from 1 to 2:30. Playing lesson with the golf pro for 9 holes, playing 9 holes on our own.  Drinks. Dinner. Sleep Repeat for 3 very fun days.  You don’t hit hundreds of balls, so no blisters.

Q: Was it expensive? Worth the time and expense?  A:  It was $1653 for 3 days of lessons and 3 nights on site accommodations at Innisbrook Resort  in Florida.  They have schools across the US.  We went to the same class in La Quinta last year.

Q: What was the instruction like? How much individual attention did you receive?
A: Excellent golf instruction and very cute Scottish instructor.  Only 4 students in the class, so plenty of attention.  They have a set program so everyone is working on the same golf fundamentals. 

Q: Have you noticed (or do you think) your game will improve because of the school? In what ways?
A: Yes,  first round after golf school I improved my score about 7 strokes.  More solid hits, misses aren’t as extreme, and short game is much more accurate. 

Q: Did you get hooked up to a machine to test your swing? Were you videotaped? How’d that go?
A: No machines or videos.  Instruction is based on ball flight and learning how to diagnose ourselves and correct the problem.

Q: What were the facilities like and the accommodations?
A:  Golf facilities were good, golf courses were great, accommodations were dated, and restaurants choices were limited. 

Q: What was the best golf tip you received?
A: Have a consistent “Pace of Swing”.  Pace Of Swing is the coordinating of all your body parts to move together at the same time to effortlessly hit the golf ball – in the center of the club.

Q: Did you have a fun time? Would recommend to others?
A: I loved it the first time, and got even more out of it the second time.  Yes, I would highly recommend it to any level of golfer.