Golf News for Monday, April 21, 2014 | Instruction

Michigan's Kendall Academy ready to help tune-up golfers games

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- After the longest and worst Michigan winter in memory, it's time to park the snowblower and play golf. But you don't just bounce out and swing like a two-time Masters champ. You're rusty. Like the lawnmower, your swing needs oil, sharpening and maybe a spark plug. Old swing faults pop up like weeds. And there's a lot of debris all over your game.

In short, you need help. Just like your yard needs some attention, your golf game also needs a swing clean up. For over 18 years, golfers have visited Kendall Academy in Ypsilanti where its swing doctors can cure slices and duck hooks, chunked chips and putts that refuse to fall.

Dave Kendall's staff of top-ranked PGA professionals have worked successfully with every level of player—beginners, juniors, golf league members, recreational, and competitive amateurs and professionals alike. They've seen them all and helped thousands of golfers enjoy the game more.

"After a really tough winter, we're happy to see new and returning students taking lessons and getting serious about their game," said Kendall, a two-time Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year. "Often, it's just a matter of our students focusing on fundamentals under a teacher's eye to get their game back in shape. But sometimes due to a long layoff or a rough pre-season in Florida, some bad habits have crept in that need to be fixed."

Kendall and his roster of award-winning teachers frequently use teaching aids and everyday items to help in the learning process. Kendall Academy teacher and Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Seltzer uses a variety of aids. "My number one tool is video because with many students seeing is believing," said Seltzer. "But I also use simple alignment sticks, two-by-fours, and boxes to help a student." Seltzer said these aids can be found and used by students at home. "These are not expensive or fancy teaching tools," added Seltzer.

Kendall also uses a variety of teaching aids but he offers an important caveat about them. "A swing aid is only effective if the student understands the logic behind it," said Kendall, a past President of the Michigan PGA. "I only want my students using an impact bag, for example, if they grasp how to use it properly." (Here's a YouTube video on Kendall using a broom as a teaching aid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_nvNz1Uicg )

Besides Kendall and Seltzer, there are seven other teaching pros at Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf in Ypsilanti: Paul Haase, Tom Harding, Scott Hayes, Nick Ma, Frank McAuliffe, Sandy Wagner and Jim Yuhas. Collectively, they've taught for almost 200 years.

Offering year round instruction, Kendall Academy is located at Miles of Golf, a full-service golf operation featuring a retail pro shop, practice facility, and state-of-the-art club-fitting center on Carpenter Road. To book a lesson or for more info, call 877-973-9005 or visit www.milesofgolf.com and www.milesofgolf.com/lessons/

For more information, contact All About Golf at 616-490-0433.