Golf Academy

Feb
14

Custom Club Fitting

Posted on February 14, 2015 by SLRadmin

Golf Club Fitting - America's 100 Best Clubfitters

 

Characteristics of Properly Fit Equipment

The key to scoring better is certainly a better golf swing. However, proper or improper fit equipment can make a substantial difference in reaching your potential.

  • Get a properly fit putter to your body and posture to help with getting that true roll.
  • Understand the importance of having the correct wedge lofts and bounces for the individual player, course conditions distances, and shot shaping requirements.
  • Get the right transition from Hybrid to Iron and fill in any gaps in yardages that can lead to extra shots.
  • Get the perfect length, lie angle, grip, and shaft in your irons to maximize pin seeking.
  • Learn how the perfect ball can help you maximize distance, backspin, and sidespin.
  • Dial in that Driver Fit by optimizing the highest possible ball speed, optimum launch angle and angle of descent, with optimum spin rates to help you reach your maximum bombing potential.

The Academy has the ability through our suppliers to find the perfect shaft and head combination of any club to achieve these goals.


Custom Club Fitting

Fitting sessions done by certified PGA Professionals using dynamic fitting and FlightScope launch monitor; maximizing the perfect fit and verifying personal specifications.

Custom Club Fitting

Time Required

Fitting Cost

With Purchase of Equipment

Woods

75 Minutes

$100

$50

Iron and Hybrids

75 Minutes

$100

$50

Wedge

60 Minutes

$80

$40

Putter

30 Minutes

$35

$0

 

 

Current Fitting Carts Available

To find out more about the manufacturer's, you can click on the logo to go to their website.

 

Titleist Golf Clubs

 

Ping  Golf Clubs

 

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Feb
14

Technology

Posted on February 14, 2015 by SLRadmin

Flightscope Radar Technology

FlightScope uses radar technology for full 3-D flight patterns and launch parameters of all golf shots, from short pitches to 400 yard drives by measuring the entire flight of the ball and giving all the pertinent information for a perfect fit.

 

V1 Sports

V1 Sports (formerly known as Interactive Frontiers) is a sports motion analysis and digital media technology company specializing in the development of video analysis software and advertising vehicles for online and mobile device applications.

Founded in 1995, V1 Sports is a leader in software development and online and mobile applications for the sports training industry. Its V1 Pro Digital Coaching System is the #1 Video Analysis Software in Sports and its V1 Sports apps enjoy worldwide leadership by consumers as the #1 Sports App for Game Improvement. V1 Pro software is used by many of the most respected coaches, instructors, athletes and training facilities around the world.

 

Your PGA Professional

Your PGA Professional understands that having statistics in black and white is a tremendous advantage when teaching or fitting, however, your PGA professional also understands the human element. Our highly trained staff will use their eyes, knowledge, ability to communicate, and customer's feedback to help get the proper fit and improved confidence.

 

Club Repair

The Golf Academy specializes in club repair. Our staff offers re-gripping, re-shafting, swing weight and overall weight measurements, loft and lie measurements and bending, shaft frequency matching, and more. If a club needs repair or tweaking, we can do it for a very reasonable fee.

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Feb
14

Teaching Philosophy

Posted on February 14, 2015 by SLRadmin

Our goal is to help people learn all facets of the game of golf so that they can experience and enjoy all the benefits that it has to offer. Golf is rich in the multitude of positive influences it can have in one’s life; from deepen family ties to fitness benefits; from social and business relationships to the character development of young people. It is a fun game and yet it can bring the serenity and reflection that comes from being out and among nature. 

Our approach is to help the whole play improve their game, which includes golf swing technique, course management and mental approaches, equipment consultation and golf fitness. The game has many layers of complexity and it’s subtleties vary from day to day. Our desire is to prepare and cultivate a game plan for each player to help them set reasonable goals and objectives that is suitable for their level of interest and commitment.

We have no proprietary golf swing models or systems that each student must conform to, but rather we employ a flexible method based on the same fundamentals that have been the core of the game for over 500 years. Each individual possesses strong and weak aspects of their swing or their game as a whole. We allow the student to direct the teacher on how and what they want to learn.

Learning to play golf is an endeavor that lasts a lifetime even for those who make a living playing it. It is a process that is ongoing and always unfinished and like each of us, perfection is neither attainable nor desired.

 

John Ericsson, PGA
Director of Instruction
 

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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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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

Fall Golf Fixes

Posted on July 2, 2014 by SLRadmin

2016 Fall Golf Fixes

Program Cost Per Session:  $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors (Over 60) and $15 for Juniors 

To sign up for any of these programs, please call the Golf Academy at 574-935-5680 x722 

 

Putting and Chipping: Score!

Date: Saturday, September 10th

Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Find the stroke that suits you, using the skills that you already own; short burst practice programs that develops skills that you need without the grinding.

 

Lofted Greenside Shots: More Options

Date: Saturday, September 17th

Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Discover easy, quick to learn methods of getting up and down from the greenside.  Try them all and choose the one that you do best. 

 

Bunkers...Get Out!

Date: Saturday, September 24th

Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Learn different styles and methods for getting out of the greenside bunkers.  Learn to get it close from difficult lies.

 

Driver's Ed

Date: Saturday, October 15th

Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Pass your Driver's Test!  Learn the efficiencies of a proper set up.  Learn and create your proper impact conditions to maximize your distance.

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Mar
08

Academy Testimonials

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

View All Academy Testimonials

 

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.

Debbie and Dave Mannia -

 

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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:
Trine 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 Alpha 815
  • Fairway Wood:  Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 3 Wood
  • Hybrids:  Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 2H, 3H and 4H
  • Irons:  Callaway Apex 6 - PW
  • Wedges:  Callaway Mack Daddy 2 - 50, 54 and 58 degree
  • Putter:  Odyssey Versa 330 Mallet White
  • Ball:  Callaway Chrome Soft

Shot Shape:
Wherever it is going that day.

Favorite Team:
Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Cubs

Favorite Golfers:
Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson

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
Director of Golf

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:  Callaway Epic
  • Fairway Woods:  Callaway Epic 3 & 5 Wood
  • Hybrid:  Callaway Apex 3 Hybrid
  • Irons:  Callaway Apex Pro Crombo 4-PW
  • Wedges:  Mack Daddy Forged 56 and 60 Degree
  • Putter:  Odyssey Works #1
  • Ball:  Callaway Chrome Soft X

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

Favorite Team:
Indianapolis Colts

Favorite Golfers:
Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth

Hobbies:
Ford Mustang enthusiast, watching Motorsports with my son, woodworking and learning to play guitar.

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