PGA National opens ‘Institute of Performance’ training facility

Training at PGA National's new Institute of Performance can better prepare a golfer to tackle the Champion Course.

There can be so much more to finding one’s best golf than by just “digging it out of the dirt,” as the old-school players say.

Today, the training you do without a golf club in your hand is just as important, and golf facilities are learning to cater to customers seeking that kind of help.

PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens has opened a comprehensive "Institute of Performance” training facility to offer advanced methods of sport-specific training, nutritional counseling and education to help athletes achieve full potential.

The Institute will focus on national and collegiate team training, elite players, onsite educational conferences and recreational player improvement. In other words, anyone looking to be a better golfer is welcome.

Davd Donatucci, former director of fitness and performance for the PGA of America, is heading up the Institute. He works with 2010 U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, LPGA champion Stacy Lewis and top Florida high school players.

 “Our goal for the new facility is to not only help the best players in the world reach their highest potential, but anyone who plays the game and wants to improve,” Donatucci said. “Whether training to win the Masters, U.S. Open, LPGA money title or a club championship, we’ll design an ideal regimen for peak performance and success.”

PGA National also hosts a David Leadbetter Academy, Dave Pelz Scoring Game School and a state-of-the-art clubfitting lab. One might say the Institute of Performance is the final piece in building a better player.

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