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Fair Play: What the USGA Rules Say About Penalty Shots

We’ve all experienced “lost ball in high weeds” syndrome. As much as you try to keep your shots on the green, a ball will inevitably land somewhere you’d rather it not. In the middle of the game, it may be hard to remember the rules for getting back on course.

Mar 26, 2014

Modern Etiquette for Golf

It’s arguable that the PGA boasts some of the best sportsmanship in modern athletics. To maximize your enjoyment of the game, practice these modern manners.

Mar 19, 2014

A Day in the Life of a Golf Academy of America Student: Peter Watts, Orlando

Each day is different for Golf Academy of America students. Here's an example of just one day in the life of a first-semester student.

Mar 12, 2014

How Can a Swing Simulator Improve Your Game?

Golf is a game of repetition and muscle memory. The more you practice shooting the right way, the easier it will become. At Golf Academy of America, training is a top priority for students, both with instructors and on their own.

Mar 5, 2014

Why Physical Conditioning Matters for Golfers

You’re willing to throw out big bucks for the latest clubs, clothing and lessons with a golf pro. But what about a gym membership?

In the last 20 years or so, perception of golf has transitioned from a “leisure sport” to a game for well-conditioned athletes. Perhaps we have Tiger Woods to thank for this advance. His standard-setting physical regimen off the golf course includes training for cardiovascular fitness, strength and core/flexibility.

Woods’ efforts are backed by solid research. Studies show that improving physical strength, endurance and range of motion could be the key to moving past a plateau and taking your golf game to the next level. Almost all the current pros maintain some type of physical training program. Here’s why you should, too.

Feb 19, 2014

Golf Academy of America Graduates Land Prestigious Jobs

Ryan Lepler didn’t start at the top. Nobody does in the golf industry.

But his education from Golf Academy of America provided a start and the tools needed to get there.

Lepler’s first job upon graduation from Golf Academy of America in Phoenix was washing golf carts. Two years later, he was general manager of The Courses at London Bridge, a popular 36-hole facility.

Feb 12, 2014

Club Fitting: A Career That Combines Art and Science

It’s been said that good club fitters are a dying breed. David Estabrook, a golf professional at Golf Academy of America in Dallas, is making a point to counteract that notion, introducing his passion for club fitting to students as an ever-growing career option. 

Feb 5, 2014

Golf’s Ban on Anchor Putting: Fair or Unfair?

On January 1, 2016, the USGA’s ban on anchor putting takes effect, and the practice becomes officially illegal for the game. The new rule has stirred up quite a bit of debate in the golf community. Where does Golf Academy of America weigh in on the issue? It seems that our professionals are a good representation of the golfing community at large. We’ve got valid points and mixed emotions.

Jan 29, 2014

Golf Gives Back

Most of us know the PGA TOUR for the long list of week-to-week professional golf events it produces, but the organization is more than just an event management company. It is a non-profit organization, and is one of the most philanthropic organizations in professional sports.

Jan 9, 2014