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V1 Sports Elite Golf Academies Named Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Recipients

V1 Sports Elite Golf Academies Named Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Recipients

12 V1 Sports-affiliated golf academies were awarded Golf Digest‘s Editors’ Choice distinction. These academies are the best of the best in America, in part, because these elite facilities use V1 Pro software to deliver video analysis instruction and voice-over lessons to help golfers improve every day.

“We’re proud of the affiliations we have with the hard-working golf academies and instructors across the United States who make this great game more enjoyable,” says Bryan Finnerty, CEO of V1 Sports. “Looking at the names of the V1 Sports-affiliated academies that were deservedly given Editors’ Choice distinction gives our team a great sense of pride when we reflect on the wonderful relationships and trust we’ve built in this business over the past 25 years. We congratulate everyone who was named to Golf Digest‘s Editors’ Choice list.”

The academies include:

  1. Omni La Costa Golf Performance Institute (Carlsbad, Calif.)
  2. Pebble Beach Golf Academy (Pebble Beach, Calif.)
  3. Southern California Golf Academy (Carlsbad, Calif.)
  4. David Leadbetter Golf Academy at ChampionsGate (Davenport, Fla.)
  5. PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
  6. Kapalua Golf Academy (Lahaina, Hawaii)
  7. Academy of Golf Dynamics (Spicewood, Texas)
  8. Mark Blackburn Golf Academy (Birmingham, Ala.)
  9. Mistwood Performance Center (Romeoville, Ill.)
  10. Michael Breed Golf Academy (Bronx, N.Y.)
  11. Kiawah Island Golf Academy (Kiawah Island, S.C.)
  12. Sea Island Golf Performance Center (St. Simons Island, Ga.)

Criteria for Consideration

Golf Digest editors considered a combination of criteria when forming this esteemed list of 28 — including the quality of golf instruction, coaches’ experience and reputation, caliber of the academy and facility and allure of the location and property – to name a few. But what these 12 particular properties named above have in common is dramatically improving the learning curve of their students with V1 Sports solutions.

“If I could only have one technology tool in my instruction, it would be my V1 Pro video analysis software,” says Devan Bonebrake, of Southern California Golf Academy founder and lead coach in Carlsbad, Calif. “I love using launch monitors and force plates and all that, but video to me is absolutely critical – not just for me, but also for the students – to see what they’re doing and have them be aware of themselves in space, to understand what their feel actually creates. It allows me to convey a message and they can see the result. It helps build some trust between the student and teacher, because they’re seeing what I’m saying is true.”

Adds Jordan Dempsey, a tour pro who also teaches at PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.:

Jordan Dempsey current official PGA TOUR staff headshot. (Photo by Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR)

“V1 Pros video analysis software is huge in letting me help students and work more efficiently. For example, I have a client who is No. 200 in the world right now and he travels a lot to play in events. The fact that he can send me video of his swings, I can throw them in my V1 Pro software, draw the lines, and send it back to him with a voice-over is huge. And that goes for the majority of my clients who are college players or kids who don’t live here. I rely on it on a nightly basis.”

The success of these facilities proves day-in and out that V1 Sports is extremely effective in helping instructors elevate their ability to reach and coach their students.

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