Golf Academy


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

Fitting Cost      

With Purchase of Equipment

Ultimate Fit = Entire Bag



Drivers, Woods, Hybrids and Irons       



Woods and Irons












One Wedge






* Includes FlightScope Fitting


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

Callaway Golf


 Mizuno Golf Clubs

Nike Golf



Ping  Golf Clubs




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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.


Flightscope Combine – Skills Assessment:  $79

The FlightScope Combines have been designed to be the ultimate test of a golfer’s skill levels. There are three Combines a user can choose from, and each has a unique flavor and specific use.

The Quick Combine is a tool very similar to the old FlightScope app’s Driver, Iron, Wedge session, which is what a coach mostly uses when meeting and greeting his student for the first time. Three targets, 100 yards, 165 yards and a Fairway at 230 yards, five shots per target, just to give the coach a feel of how his student fares over three typical distances on the course.

The Complete Combine is the definitive assessment tool. Designed to test the golfer over distances ranging from a 20 yards chip shot. This test was designed for players interested in comparing themselves with the best. Not even Tour pros should expect to make a perfect score, and the reason being, the Skills app gives a full score when a ball lands inside the black ring. For the Combines, these black circles have radii exactly at the PGA Tour average distance to pin, for the specific target distance. That means, the best in the world only land their shots inside that black dot half of the time! Hitting the target at all, therefore, should be seen as an accomplishment in it’s own right by most average players, even if it’s not near the green.


Flightscope Yardage Guide and Gap Analysis:  $89

Spend an Hour with a PGA Professional Completing a Gap Analysis.  Hit 10 or more shots with each club in your bag to measure accuracy, average distance, longest distances, launch angles, spin rates, smash factor, and more analytical data regarding your swing and ball flight statistics.  The Flightscope launch monitor will capture the data and present it in file format for review.  Our staff can print the results or email them to the student. This is an excellent choice for those students looking to improve distance control, ball flight control, and analyze potential gaps in equipment for specific yardages


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.


Shaft Optimization Technology

Getting the correct shaft is extremely important. The shaft is the engine of the golf club. The Academy with the help of Mizuno, offers Shaft Optimization by gathering important shaft parameters from real swing data. By measuring swing speed, tempo, toe down, kick angle, and the release factor, we are able to optimize the perfect shaft for the player.


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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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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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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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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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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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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Scoring Clinics - Short Game

Posted on July 2, 2014 by SLRadmin

2016 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 20th, April 27th, May 4th, May 11th and May 18th

Times:  5:00pm to 6:30pm


Summer Program Dates

Dates (Sunday):  July 24th, July 31st, August 7th, August 14th and August 21st

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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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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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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