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A p r i l 2 0 1 5 CHAMPION’S DIGEST Letter from Gary game. Their physical training also will speed up the learning process in changing their swing fundamentals. Golfers today are more competitive than ever before, which is why strength training is fundamental for success and is an important factor in the development of the student. Dear GGGA Families, It brings me great pleasure to annouce that this semester is off to a great start. The coaching staff has witnessed major improvements with all of our students’ personal short-term and long-term goals. Our students have already excelled in tournament play with 4 student wins and many career lows. As I previously mentioned, we hired three new coaches Matt Fields, Hernan Rey and Skylar Jewell our new mental coach. These three coaches are a great addition to our team and it is evident that as our coaching staff grows, the students benifit greatly. We’ve also added a master club fitter Chuck Sweaney to our team. Each month we will be sending you an update of our program. There will be monthly student evaluations during each semester, which will include an evaluation by the mental, Physical and their full time coach. We want to give you an honest assessment and update through our new on line program Edufii. The key to our success is to have the support and involvement of every family. Keeping you informed of the growth and development of your child will enable you to support our decisions, knowing that we always have the best interest of your son or daughter in mind. The first point of contact is the coach who will give you a training plan for your son or daughter and tournament schedule for the semester. It is also very important to get to know the house parent as they are a vital part of academy life. The technical side of the game is sometimes misunderstood and it is possible to place too much emphasis in this area. The students all have different tendencies, which makes golf instruction very individual. We mainly focus on the basic fundamentals, which is the foundation to a consistent and repetitive swing. Students will be provided with their own personal drills. With the help of video analysis each student will see how to achieve a more powerful and consistent swing. Once we approach tournaments the training weeks focus more on preparation for tournaments, which is the key for their main development. My main goal this semester is the procedure with college placement, Carmina Calle has been doing a fantastic job educating our students on the process. We are working closely with the school, coaches and house parents making sure that we are all on the same page moving forward. If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to call me or e-mail me at [email protected] your input and support is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Gary Gilchrist Head Coach Golf Digest Top 50 in America Golf Magazine Top 100 in America This academy is built around a training program, so physical fitness plays an important role in the success of our students. Now with the support of the National Training Centre and Gavin Metz our full time fitness trainer. They have developed a program that will improve each players physical limitations which will help each students make the necessary improvements in their game. I believe that basic functional movement will increase speed and power. With the right technique training this will be important in building confidence throughout their entire 2 3