The latest addition to the My New Mexico Golf resort property in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. measures 2,500 sq. ft. and includes two separate hitting bays.
It “sort of looks like a two-car garage for golfers,” the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal reported, but Twin Warriors Golf Club, in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., prefers to call it one of the best indoor practice facilities in the state.
At the end of December, the club unveiled the year-round facility at the south end of its driving range, the Journal reported, as “an area where golfers will be able to receive lessons and club fittings away from the sometimes harsh fall and winter elements.”
Derek Gutierrez, Twin Warriors’ Director of Golf, told the Journal it has been created to be the only indoor practice facility at a “green-grass facility” or non-business location in the Albuquerque region.
“This is a showcase for any director of instruction,” added Sandy Lemon, who heads the teaching at Twin Warriors. “It’s a dream to have a facility like this.”
The 2,500-sq. ft. practice facility has two separate hitting bays for Lemon and her staff to perform lessons throughout the winter.
The Board of Directors of the Santa Ana Golf Club, which along with Twin Warriors and the Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar form the My New Mexico Golf resort property in Santa Ana Pueblo, wanted to add an indoor instruction facility to its already expansive practice areas, Gutierrez told the Journal. The facility will service members and resort guests away from the peak golf season, he noted.
Part of the driving factor for Twin Warriors to create this golf “school” was the ability to compete with sporting goods outlets and other golf instructional facilities that offer indoor lessons, Gutierrez told the Journal.
“Golf equipment sales remain extremely competitive, and we wanted the ability to push those sales year-round,” he said.
An assortment of discounted holiday golf instruction packages will be available at Twin Warriors over the next few months, the Journal reported.
And starting in December, Lemon said, the club will begin to offer golf fitness classes that will include strength training, flexibility, cardio and balance. Golfers with physical limitations will also have the chance to work on their fitness, Lemon added.
Twin Warriors can also do periodic club fittings, it was noted.
“If we can show a golfer that we can get them 10 extra yards, they’ll buy a golf club,” said Vinny Falcone, an outside sales representative with Callaway Golf who handles New Mexico and West Texas, told the Journal.
Companies like Calloway and Taylor Made can offer computerized readouts of golfers’ ball flights, ball speed and launch angles—among 21 categories—to help them find the right club, Falcone said.
“If we can get that right,” he said, “that equals more distance.”
Perhaps more than 50 percent of amateur golfers are swinging golf clubs that do not fit them properly, Falcone said.
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