Tathata Golf Train­ing Cen­ter

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The Tathata Golf train­ing cen­ter in Scotts­dale, AZ, is the re­al­iza­tion of a Bryan He­pler dream that’s 40 years in the mak­ing. He­pler’s train­ing fa­cil­ity is one part en­chanted gar­den, one part martial arts method­ol­ogy, and one part golf like you’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

The Tathata Golf train­ing cen­ter in Scotts­dale, AZ, is the re­al­iza­tion of a Bryan He­pler dream that’s 40 years in the mak­ing. He­pler’s train­ing fa­cil­ity is one part en­chanted gar­den, one part martial arts method­ol­ogy, and one part golf like you’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. A surg­ing wave of golfers from all over the world are turn­ing to He­pler’s dream through the In­ter­net, the Golf Chan­nel, and re­fer­ral success sto­ries fea­tur­ing some of the big­gest names in golf. Those who dive into the Tathata way will en­counter sub­tle and dra­matic phi­los­o­phy dif­fer­ences on nearly ev­ery­thing thought to be true about the game of golf. To help ac­cli­mate Tathata new­com­ers why his method makes so much sense, He­pler leans on the swings of four golfers you’ve no doubt heard of. Namely Nick­laus, Ho­gan, Snead, and Woods.

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Tathata Live

Golfers with a tele­vi­sion, cell phone, or lap­top com­puter have at some point watched a Tathata video clip of He­pler’s team mak­ing a wind­mill back­swing mo­tion. This move­ment is a snap­shot of what takes place in Tathata’s 60-day online train­ing, CD’s, and golf schools. He­pler’s golf school set­ting show­cases a par­adise learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment of lush green, fluid move­ments, and work sta­tions that are steeped in the martial arts. The martial arts as­pect of Tathata is where He­pler’s dream sep­a­rates it­self from tra­di­tional golf. It’s also where this We­natchee, WA-na­tive’s pas­sion for teach­ing shifts into over­drive. Af­ter spend­ing decades study­ing golf and the martial arts, He­pler dis­cov­ered that key el­e­ments of an­cient fight­ing mir­rored the golf swing. What jumped out at He­pler was that in­te­grat­ing cru­cial martial arts ba­sics would not only im­prove the golf swing, but once mas­tered, could be re­lied upon long term. For He­pler and his grow­ing le­gion of golfers, “pres­sure” is the key word in their swing vo­cab­u­lary. Pres­sure in the setup, pres­sure in the back­swing, pres­sure at im­pact, and pres­sure in the fol­low through. Tathata teaches that pres­sure de­liv­ers a safer, faster, and more re­li­able golf swing.

Gate­way to New Golf

At Tathata Golf’s train­ing fa­cil­ity lo­cated on McCormick Ranch Golf Course, stu­dents be­gin their jour­ney by walk­ing through an arched en­trance called the Gate­less Gate. Asian in­flu­ences abound at Tathata, whether it’s the train­ing cen­ter dojo, per­fectly man­i­cured bon­sai trees, or even the Bokken fight­ing sticks used to re­in­force the proper swing mo­tion at im­pact.

Once on the fa­cil­ity, stu­dents who have gone through the 60-day video train­ing pro­gram see sev­eral fa­mil­iar faces. Alex and Lau­ren, He­pler’s coun­ter­parts in all the Tathata videos, are on hand to greet and train golfers. There is also a Wall of Greats sta­tion re­veal­ing how the clas­sic golf swings of Nick­laus, Ho­gan, Snead, and Woods all up­hold key Tathata mo­tion prin­ci­ples. At Tathata’s two-day school in April, He­pler’s team got ac­quainted with 11 golfers from Alabama, Ari­zona, Min­nesota, New Jersey, New York, and North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The golfers col­lec­tive hand­i­caps ranged from five to 25. In each case these golfers came seek­ing a repeatable golf swing, and a method that re­lies less on me­chan­ics and more on a swing you can trust.

Find­ing Joy in Golf

There is a def­i­nite fit­ness or even life­style el­e­ment to Tathata Golf. Af­ter an in­tro­duc­tion to the two-day itin­er­ary, Lau­ren led golfers through a rig­or­ous stretch­ing reg­i­men. Dur­ing the course of the stretch­ing, golfers got their first chance to ab­sorb the Zen feel of a prop­erty that He­pler de­signed in a dream that orig­i­nated in the 8th grade. The quiet­ness of the Tathata en­vi­ron­ment was oc­ca­sion­ally in­ter­rupted when He­pler or Alex took stu­dents to sta­tions equipped with sticks. The stu­dents were en­cour­aged to thwack at hit­ting pads in or­der to feel the ve­loc­ity gained and sup­ported by the cor­rect way to swing Tathata-style. He­pler re­minded stu­dents that over the decades, golf had lost the joy found in other sports. He­pler is a pro­po­nent of in­still­ing the ath­leti­cism found in foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, and hockey into the golf swing. Tathata also com­pares a soccer kick mo­tion to the im­pact mo­ment of the down­swing. At one point Alex stood on a putting green about a wedge shot away and trot­ted back in forth with flag in hand. He­pler shared that golf’s sta­tion­ary tar­get works against a golfer’s psy­che. A golfer’s touch im­proves if he or she en­vi­sions the setup, shot, flag, and green as a mov­ing tar­get.

Golfers at Ev­ery Level Dis­cov­er­ing Tathata

Through­out the two-day train­ing, He­pler and his team ra­di­ated a pas­sion for what they are teach­ing. Ul­ti­mately stu­dents feel this pas­sion and the Tathata mission of boost­ing stu­dents’ joy for the game. The re­ver­ber­a­tions of Tathata Golf can be felt from Scotts­dale and through­out the globe. At last count, over 9,500 golfers from 75 coun­tries have par­tic­i­pated in Tathata online train­ing. Tathata has seen dra­matic success at the ju­nior level. In ad­di­tion, scores of grad­u­ates are prac­tic­ing Tathata in the golf pro­fes­sional com­mu­nity. High-pro­file Tathata no­ta­bles in­clude Gary McCord, Bran­del Cham­blee, and LPGA Pres­i­dent Deb Van­gelow. For the golfer seek­ing a new en­ergy for his or her game, there are five acres of Scotts­dale par­adise wait­ing for you. Once you walk through the Gate­less Gate, you’ve en­tered Bryan He­pler’s dream. He­pler’s bet­ting there’s a chance you’ll awaken to golf like you’ve never played be­fore. www.tathatagolf.com

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