Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Performance Center Opens to Public; PGA Tour Facility Offers Technology, Teaching

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Performance Center Opens to Public; PGA Tour Facility Offers Technology, Teaching

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Byline: Garry Smits

The staff at the PGA Tour Performance Center can't guarantee they'll get every student hitting like a Tour pro.

But they can guarantee the same tools, service, resources and attention that the best players in the world receive when they stop by to hone their games or tweak their equipment.

The new Performance Center, housed in its 15,000-square foot building nestled in the corner of the TPC Sawgrass practice range, became operational a week after the final round of The Players Championship. It will have its grand opening July 11.

Director of instruction Todd Anderson, the 2010 PGA of America teacher of the year and former director of the Sea Island Golf Performance Center, said his staff will be providing new-age technology and old-school teaching methods to get handicaps and scores heading south.

"We want to make sure everyone has a great experience, it's fun, they feel like they got great information, great service and in the best environment to learn in the best facility to be able to experience what we're trying to show them," Anderson said.

The facility is open to the public, either through individual lessons or group clinics.

It's not cheap: Individual instruction ranges from $200 per hour in the putting lab (which is operated by Andrew Lanahan, a Bishop Kenny graduate who played college golf at LSU) to $225 per hour for full-game instruction with instructor Jordan Dempsey.

Pricing can change depending on group settings and resort packages. There are also junior rates.

It's higher per hour to work with Anderson but the 100 or so professionals on the PGA Tour, LPGA, Tour and PGA Tour Champions with whom he has worked in the past well say he's worth it - including FedEx Cup champions Billy Horschel and Brandt Snedeker.

Anderson is a fixture almost every year on the Golf Digest list of top-50 teachers and Golf magazine's top-100 teachers.

The Performance Center also includes a fitness room on the top floor, with full-time instructor Alex Bennett; and a full-time club-fitter, Josh Gumila. The fitness center focuses primarily on helping golfers develop better flexibility and strength for their core muscles. …

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