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Combine your hols with lessons

Do it differently this year and add some expert PGA tuition to your South African golf holiday

FOLLOWING a summer of sensational golf, including a momentous two weeks in Scotland with the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and Phil Mickelson’s incredible come-from-behind win at Muirfield, more golfers are turning to PGA pros for advice on how to improve their own game.

Now, though, you can combine the quest to develop your skills with a golf holiday thanks to the Swingfit Performance Academy in South Africa.

Located at the Pearl Valley and De Zalze golf estate, the academy was set up in 2010 by Simon Hunt, an Englishman with a love of golf who wanted to offer expert golf and fitness instruction and training at top venues with international coaches making it one of the top golf programs for the elite amateur.

Swingfit caters for all abilities and offers individual and group coaching. They work closely with an outstanding group of physios, biokineticists and mind coaches in developing a curriculum. Each year the programmes are refreshed with access to new information that the head of coaching, Rob Watts, brings from the European Tour.

Watts is one of the England Under-18 coaches and has worked with many tour players, including Darren Clarke.

Each programme is designed around the player’s current level and goals. It is recommended that golfers attend for a minimum of eight weeks. Each schedule aims to have the same amount of training weeks as tournament weeks so that the player has time to review their performance under competitive conditions and work with the coaches to make the necessary adjustments.

Simon Hunt, founder of Swingfit Performance Academy, said: “The aim of the academy is to enhance the player’s awareness of the many factors that influence performance and we are aimed at attracting elite players from the northern hemisphere. 

“This is the perfect trip for golf lovers and with so many professionals on hand to help, you will return home a true golfing champion.”

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