Golf Academy

Mar
18

Brian Gardner

Posted on March 18, 2014 by marty

"Brian, I just wanted to drop you a quick note and thank you for your instruction earlier this week. Hopefully, with lots of hard work and practice, I can enjoy the sport I love even more. You did a great job of using non golf examples to help explain where and how adjustments needed to be made. I am working my way thru the videos now. I'll keep in touch on progress that I make."
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Mar
08

Academy Testimonials

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

"Brian, I just wanted to drop you a quick note and thank you for your instruction earlier this week.  Hopefully, with lots of hard work and practice, I can enjoy the sport I love even more.  You did a great job of using non golf examples to help explain where and how adjustments needed to be made.  I am working my way thru the videos now.  I'll keep in touch on progress that I make."

Brian Gardner

 

"Brian, thank you for all the time you spent with me during my fitting.  You exceeded my expectations on time spent, knowledge shared and results.  I just love this driver.  In the last three rounds, I've hit 8, 9 and 8 fairways.  And, some of the ones I missed is because I'm using old lines and landing areas.  I'm hitting the ball much further by 15-25 yards.  What was a good spot to place the ball is now in the rough.  My confidence has also gone up.  I'm reaching 400 yard par 4's in 2, never could make some of them.  Greens in regulation has also increased from 4-6 to 8-10.  My best ever score was an 84 and average was about 92-95.  In 3 rounds I've used the new driver, I shot 93, 82 and 86.  If I putted better, the 82 could have easily been 79.  Thanks again for all of the help.  You have convinced me NEVER to buy off the rack clubs.  When I'm ready for new clubs, you are my go to guy.  Thanks again."

Marty Manich

 

"Brian, thank you for the great golf lessons last Sunday and Monday.  Jim and I both learned a lot about chipping and pitching and will keep practicing.  I am trying to keep my left arm straight or extended through the follow through to release the club properly.  I played in my women's league last Wednesday and did a lot better.  Thanks again for a great weekend.  Swan Lake Resort is a great place to spend a weekend.  See you next year, with more friends."

Sue Folkman and Jim Stockwell

 

"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!"

Vince and Austin Duke

 

"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."

David P. Sholl

 

"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."

Caleb (CJ) Armand

 

"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!"

Jennifer Moran

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Mar
08

Clint Miller Bio Page

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

Clint Miller, PGA
Assistant Golf Professional

Education:
Tri-State University, 2008
Major in Golf Management with a Bachelor of Science in Management

Previous Employment:

  • Salt Creek Golf Retreat - Nashville, IN
  • Canongate at The Woodlands: Oaks and Panther Trail – The Woodlands, Texas
  • Pebble Brook Golf Club – Noblesville, IN

Date Elected to PGA Membership: 
December 2012

What's In The Bag:

  • Driver:  Titleist 913 D3
  • Hybrids:  Titleist 913 H 17 and 19 Degree
  • Irons:  Titleist AP2 4 - PW
  • Wedges:  Titleist Vokey Oil Can Finish - 52, 56 and 60 degree
  • Putter:  Scotty Cameron Newport 2.0 303 Stainless
  • Ball:  Titleist Pro V1 X

Shot Shape:
Hi Draw

Favorite Team:
Indiana Pacers

Favorite Golfers:
Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Fred Funk

Hobbies:
Guitar, Fishing, Fantasy Football and Pool

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Mar
08

Matt Hovermale Bio Page

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

Matt Hovermale, PGA
Assistant General Manager

Education:
Tri-State University, 2001
Major in Business Administration and Management

Previous Employment:

  • The Course at Aberdeen - Valparaiso, IN
  • Lake James Golf Club - Angola, IN
  • Zollner Golf Course at Trine University - Angola, IN
  • Bridgewater Golf Club - Auburn, IN

Family:
Wife Kristen

Date Elected to PGA Membership:
April 2009

What's In The Bag:

  • Driver:  Callaway Big Bertha
  • Fairway Wood:  Callaway X2 Hot Pro 3 Wood
  • Hybrids:  Callaway X2 Hot Pro 2, 3 and 4 Hybrid
  • Irons:  Callaway Apex 6 - PW
  • Wedges:  Callaway Mack Daddy 2 - 50, 54 and 58 degree
  • Putter:  Odyssey Versa 330 Mallet White
  • Ball:  Callaway Speed Regime 2 (SR 2)

Shot Shape:
Wherever it is going that day.

Favorite Team:
Indianapolis Colts

Favorite Golfers:
Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson

Hobbies:
Auto Racing of any kind

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Mar
08

Chad Hutsell Bio Page

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

Chad Hutsell, PGA
Head Golf Professional

Education:
Butler University, 1994
Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing

Previous Employment:

  • The Course at Aberdeen - Valparaiso, IN
  • Plymouth Country Club - Plymouth, IN
  • Highland Golf and Country Club - Indianapolis, IN

Family:
Wife Emily and Son Nate

Date Elected to PGA Membership:
February 1998

What's In The Bag:

  • Driver:  Nike VR_S Covert 2.0
  • Fairway Woods:  Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 3 Wood and 5 Wood
  • Hybrid:  Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 3 Hybrid
  • Irons:  Nike VR Forged Pro Combo 4 - PW
  • Wedges:  Nike VR X3X 56 and 60 Degree
  • Putter:  Nike Method MOD 30
  • Ball:  Nike RZN Platinum

Shot Shape:
Prefer a lower ball flight moving right to left.

Favorite Team:
Indianapolis Colts

Favorite Golfers:
Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson and Nick Faldo

Hobbies:
Ford Mustang enthusiast, watching Motorsports with my son and woodworking.

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Mar
08

John Ericsson Bio Page

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

John Ericsson, PGA
Teaching Professional

Family:
Father of 4.  My children reside in the Dallas, TX area and are pursuing their careers.

Date Elected to PGA Membership:
1988

What's In The Bag:

  • Driver:  Titleist 975 J
  • Fairway Wood:  Callaway Great Big Bertha II
  • Hybrid:  TaylorMade 18 Degree
  • Irons:  Hogan Combo Apex 3 - PW
  • Wedges:  Hogan FW 52 Degree and Callaway V 56 Degree
  • Putter:  Ping Pal

Shot Shape:
Hi Fade, but I can live with anything I can find.

Favorite Team:
Cleveland Browns...I know!!

Hobbies:
I fiddle around on a guitar, badly, but I enjoy it.  Also enjoy wood sculpture and the local blues scene.

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Mar
08

Brian Natzel Bio Page

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

Brian Natzel, PGA
Director of Instruction

Education:
Ferris State University, 2001
Marketing Major with a Minor in Accounting and Science of Business

Previous Employment:

  • Ubly Heights Golf and Country Club - Ubly, MI
  • Treetops Resort - Gaylord, MI
  • Garland Resort - Lewiston MI

Family:
Wife Lindsey, Sons Christopher and Jackson

Date Elected to PGA Membership:
June 2002

What's In The Bag:

  • Driver:  Mizuno JPX EZ
  • Fairway Wood:  Mizuno JPX EZ 3 Wood
  • Hybrid:  Mizuno JPX EZ 2 Hybrid
  • Irons:  Mizuno (MP64 4-6 iron) and (MP69 7-PW)
  • Wedges:  Mizuno MP-T4's 52, 56 and 60 Degree
  • Putter:  Bettinardi BB Counterbalance
  • Ball:  Srixon Z Star XV 

Shot Shape:
Hi Fade

Favorite Team:
Detroit Tigers

Favorite Golfers:
Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson

Hobbies:
Semi-Professional Musician, Guitar and Fishing and Hunting with my sons

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Mar
08

Meet Our Instructors

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

Brain Natzel, PGA
Director of Instruction

Brian's Bio 

 

John Ericsson, PGA
Teaching Professional

John's Bio

 

Chad Hutsell, PGA
Head Golf Professional

Chad's Bio

 

Clint Miller, PGA
Assistant Golf Professional

Clint's Bio

 

Matt Hovermale, PGA
Assistant General Manager

Matt's Bio

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Jan
23

University - The Ultimate Learning Experience

Posted on January 23, 2014 by SLRadmin

University - The Ultimate Learning Experience

Who is it for:

Anyone willing to take a serious in depth look at their game and find their roadmap to success.  This is a school formatted program, with additional private appointments included for each student.  The University Semester is a program designed to create an individual plan of attack for players of all abilities looking to improve their game.  This program incorporates classroom work, fundamentals of set up, increasing golfers IQ, physical fitness, biomechanics, kinetic sequencing, swing characteristics/mechanics, ball flight, short game, mental approaches, on course instruction, and equipment evaluation.  The end goal for each student is a great understanding of ball flight, each student's strengths and weaknesses, and a personalized prescription or plan of attack including drills and exercises to improve each students game.  Classes will be spread out over a semester, allowing students to digest the information gathered over an extended period of time.  Thus promoting an increase in the speed of an individual's learning curve.  This is the ultimate learning experience.  

 

University Tuition:  $899 For Entire Semester (Members 15% Discount and Junior 20% Discount are available)

 

Semester Schedule:

Summer Semester - Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

  • June 11th and 25th
  • July 9th and 23rd
  • August 6th and 20th
  • September 3rd

 

Includes:

  • Unlimited Practice Time and Range Balls During Semester
  • Access to Academy Facility:  Training Aids, Fitness and Technology When Available During the Semester
  • 2 Additional Private 45 Minute Lessons Booked at Your Convenience
  • 1 Fitting Session (1 1/2 Hours) of Your Choice:  Driver, Irons or Wedges and Putter
  • 2 Free 18 Hole Rounds of Golf with Cart
  • Additional Yearly Golf Membership Available at a 10% Discount, Cart Not Included
  • Total of 24 Hours of Professional Instruction with Total Package Valued at over $2200 in a Private Setting

 

Tools Utilized:

  • PGA Professional Expertise
  • Student Profile Created - Track characteristics, data, fitness and charts progress
  • FlightScope Launch Monitor
  • V1 Sports Motion - Digital High Speed Video and Coaching Software
  • TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Physical Screenings
  • Prescriptions including drills and exercises targeting each individuals circumstances
  • Web Acces to V1 Online Lessons and the TPI (Titleist Performance Institute)
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Jan
23

Get Golf Ready

Posted on January 23, 2014 by SLRadmin

Get Golf Ready Clinics

Series of 5 Lessons and 1 Playing Lesson / Competition specifically designed for new golfers, beginners, intermediate or lapsed golfers wanting to learn or get back into the game.  

Location:  The Golf Academy at Swan Lake Resort

Dates:  

  • May 4th - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • May 18th - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • June 1st - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • June 15th - 1:00pm to 2:30 pm
  • June 29th - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • July 13th (Playing Lesson/Competition) - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Cost:  $99 for All Five Lessons and Playing Lesson/Competition with the 9 holes of Golf and Cart included

For those looking to get back into the game, take up the game for the first time, or could just plain use some affordable instruction, this is an excellent program to get your feet wet.  Simple instruction focused on the fundamentals of the game, rules of the game and enjoying the game.

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