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Get into the swing: Golf course tees up lunch, lesson program for beginners

Tessa Teachman, LPGA professional, watches her shot as her teammates look on during the Silver Wings Golf Course Pro-Am Golf Tournament last year. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Tessa Teachman, LPGA professional, watches her shot as her teammates look on during the Silver Wings Golf Course Pro-Am Golf Tournament last year. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: March 3, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 3, 2016) -- The Silver Wings Golf Course is making it even easier to get into the swing of golf with a new program aimed at newcomers to the game.

The Lunch and Lesson program is something Janelle Joslin, head teaching professional at SWGC, calls an “incredible deal” for beginners who are looking to get their start in the game of golf.

“I encourage beginners to come out because it’s an affordable way to get into the game,” said the teaching professional. “It’s a great deal if you’re a golfer looking for a little bit of instruction, or to even learn the simple, basic mechanics of the golf swing.”

The program costs $20 per person and is held every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. And, as the name suggests, it offers lunch and a lesson in golf.

During the lesson, up to 10 golfers are taken to the SWGC driving range where they will line up and try their hand at their golf swing, with instruction by Joslin.

“I do my best to get enough individual interaction with each person,” she said. “I go down the line and pinpoint specific things that each potential golfer might need to work on.

Joslin said the Lunch and Lesson program is a good way for people get the feel of the game to see if they might be interested in taking up the sport, adding that people can oftentimes be discouraged or intimidated by the game because of their lack of knowledge.

And, she said, if people are looking to pick up a club and start the game, they should start with the right swing.

“The mechanics of the golf swing and the game are so fundamental, and we study it for a reason,” said the teaching professional. “It’s good to learn it right the first time because it’s an incredibly technical game.

“If you don’t start out right, when you come to me I’m going to have to break it all back down and break any old habits that you have. That’s the reality of it,” she continued. “I have a ton of students now who say they wish they would have spent the money on lessons before getting into their bad habits.”

The program is a good stepping stone for those who might want to take the next step in their golf game, which might be to take private lessons.

“We do have some folks who come and try, and it’s just not for them, but for others, it’s a good way to get into the game,” said Joslin. “And what might surprise people is that they might be better at the game than they thought they would be. With the correct instructor who can apply a few simple techniques, such as how to properly swing the golf club, people can pick up the game pretty quickly. The first time people connect with their shots is the coolest thing – it never gets old.”

Joslin said one of the best things about the program is its minimal investment and the amount people will get out of it.

“I’m going to teach you as if you were my personal student,” she said. “You’re getting a taste of what I can provide you, so if you enjoy the sport and you see progress, then after a while you might want to come out and contact us for more personal instruction.”

Another plus about the program is that it doesn’t only introduce people to the game, but the environment and the golf culture, which Joslin said many people can find intimidating at times.

“There are so many unknowns to people who don’t play,” she said. “They don’t know where you go to get started and there’s so much to learn, so why not get a little bit of instruction when you’re starting out?

“Golf caters to such a diverse crowd,” she continued. “My youngest student is 4 and my oldest is 82 – what other sport can do that? I’d really encourage anyone who is interested to come out and try the program, and if you don’t like it, then it’s not for you. But if you do, then it’ll be great.”

For more information or to sign up, call 598-2449.

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