I’ve now seen a couple of more of the Golf Channels ’12 Nights at the Academy’. If you have this channel, then it’s a must see. They have done more for instruction with this series than the last 10 years of golf magazine articles put together. Give yourself the gift that keeps on giving and tune in. Your handicap will thank you!
Some episodes really standout, though I’ve picked up at least one good tip from most of them, such as Annika explaining her quick head release at impact. Of the ones I’ve seen my favorites are Martin Hall, Wayne Palmer, Jimmy Ballard with Rocco Mediate and Dave Stockton. As an example, Dave Stockton teaches his amazing and, I believe, groundbreaking putting method in this one session, saving you some thousands of dollars and a trip to his California teaching center. It is really phenomenal and all you have to do is tune in. It’s going to resonate with you, plus it’s not complicated and doesn’t require any special equipment!
For me, the Mediate and Ballard episode is just as eye opening. If you’ve seen Rocco’s swing of the last 5 years then you have seen Ballard’s approach in action. I knew it was different, but couldn’t put my finger on the components. All is explained clearly and simply in this episode. Ballard spent a lot of time with Ben Hogan, so he’s got a lot of credibility in my book. He’s also worked with plenty of top champions. I love his clear, down to earth explanation of why the swing works best in a specific way.
It certainly worked for Rocco Mediate. In late 2004 his career was over and his back was completely shot. In desperation he went to Ballard. As a result he nearly beat Tiger in the US Open a couple of years later, rejuvenated his career and (here’s where it gets really interesting for older golfers) has no -as in ZERO – back problems.
’12 Nights at the Academy’ is groundbreaking. The Golf Channel has done a great service for amateurs and the game of golf. If golfers can’t get better then the game is going to continue to stagnate and not grow. I don’t know how they did it, but they got some of the game’s great teachers and players to reveal golf’s secrets.
Unfortunately I can’t find anyplace on line where you can watch the series intact. The Golf Channel website has some short golf tip videos but to watch the whole show you’ll have to have access to the Golf Channel on your tube. I have the 4 episodes I mentioned above saved permanently on my Tivo box. I recommend you do the same!