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Indian Wells Insider - Fall 2022

Indian Wells Golf Resort

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VISIT THE ACADEMY AT INDIAN WELLS GOLF RESORT F ollowing a full season of gathering feedback from golfers, The Academy at Indian Wells Golf Resort has now begun implementing changes to make the facility even more effective at helping golfers of all skill levels improve and get more enjoyment out of the game. "With this being a brand-new undertak- ing, we looked at the first year as if it was a round of golf," Assistant PGA Professional Bobby Farnham explained. "And just like you'd do on the golf course, we started playing to our strengths." This includes having one of the top junior golf programs in the state, as well as having been ranked as high as fourth in the nation with the resort's Operation 36 teaching program. "We also have two world-class golf courses that we love to use for our lessons," Farnham said. "This helps with transfer train- ing and making sure golfers not only see re- sults on the practice range during a lesson but continue to see success when they leave the lesson and go tee it up with their golf buddies." In addition, two state-of-the-art indoor Trackman 4 simulators have helped golfers of all abilities and learning styles progress faster using video analysis, audio lessons that are sent to golfers after their lesson, and data on their progression. One of the big changes of late at The Academy is the creation of a custom build and repair studio where the Indian Wells Golf Resort team can fit multiple brands with multiple shaft and club head options. Custom clubs are created in house by master club builder Nick Prud'homme, a Golf Digest top 100 fitter and builder. Other significant changes can be found in the Academy's three-day golf school, "Manifest 3-6-9," which offers a unique approach to teaching. It is more play-based than most schools and is focused on three phases of the game, one each day. There also is a team-based element where students pair with a specific coach and compete through- out the three days. Farnham said The Academy team employs a unique mindset when it comes to helping students improve over the long haul. "More so than in practically any other sport, golfers tend to be armed with an over- abundance of information," he says. "So The Academy instructors focus on simplifying their approach and putting golfers in position to self-diagnose swing issues without over- complicating things." GAME IMPROVEMENT Students now have more ways to progress and enjoy the game THE ACADEMY CLICK HERE to view The Academy at Indian Wells Golf Resort brochure "We always concentrate on the main reason that people play the great game of golf, and that is to have fun!" – Bobby Farnham PGA Professional Among The Academy's offerings are two indoor Trackman 4 simulators.

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