Golf train­ing cen­tre aims to get peo­ple on cour­ses

Coach wants to im­prove play­ers’ con­fi­dence and in­crease clubs’ mem­ber­ships

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk A new hi-tech in­door golf fa­cil­ity and train­ing cen­tre has opened near Ash­ford.

The Howard Bonac­corsi Academy, at West­well Lane in West­well, has been launched by pro­fes­sional coach Howard Bonac­corsi.

It is be­lieved to be the first in­door train­ing fa­cil­ity for golfers in the Ash­ford area.

Cus­tomers will re­ceive ex­pert tu­ition through cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy that mea­sures the move­ments of the face of the golf club and the ball to en­sure each golfer has a tai­lored im­prove­ment pro­gramme.

Mr Bonac­corsi, from Kingsnorth, said: “The chal­lenge with learn­ing out­doors is that peo­ple be­come so fo­cussed on the flight of the ball that they over­look the tech­ni­cal changes needed to en­sure a smooth and re­peat­able golf swing.

“The ben­e­fit of in­door learn­ing, where the ball is hit to­wards a screen and an­a­lysed by tech­nol- ogy, is that it al­lows for quicker progress in a com­pletely pri­vate en­vi­ron­ment.”

The cen­tre will of­fer spe­cial pro­grammes for older golfers, be­gin­ners, chil­dren and women.

Mr Bonac­corsi said: “We will be a one-stop shop for golfers but our goal is sim­ple: we want to send well trained golfers into the Kent golf­ing com­mu­nity, con­fi­dent they can play well

‘Our mis­sion is to make sure they hit the course ready to per­form’

and be­come a part of lo­cal clubs, thereby help­ing to in­crease their mem­ber­ship num­bers.

“Re­cent years have been tough for clubs and many peo­ple who want to try golf are put off by con­cerns they will strug­gle to mas­ter the game and will look fool­ish on the course. Our mis­sion is to make sure they hit the course ready to per­form and can quickly be­come happy and suc­cess­ful club mem­bers.”

The fa­cil­ity will also of­fer a golf concierge ser­vice, ar­rang­ing tee times, cor­po­rate events and club re­pairs and fit­ting.

The academy al­ready has plans to ex­tend, by adding an out­door short game ar­eas, in­clud­ing a chip­ping area, putting green and bunkers.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.hb­gol­fa­cademy.co.uk

Howard Bonac­corsi has opened a new in­door golf fa­cil­ity in West­well

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