OCSA: Please tell us about Cantigny Golf Academy and the opportunities for lessons for golfers at all levels
Gay Crain: Cantigny Golf Academy offers year round golf instruction, a large grass driving range, indoor/year round driving range, video analysis, club fitting, and golf fitness. The golf instruction programs are for adults, juniors and kids starting at 5 years old. The academy offers a variety of programs for adults at all levels of play. Our junior program is very unique and offers a comprehensive certification program for kids 8 years old and older. The Academy is a comprehensive facility providing all golfers with the tools and instruction that they need to play their best golf.
OCSA: Why should high performing golfers take lessons? What do you tell people?
GC: Players of all levels can benefit from golf instruction. If you are a beginning golfer, the opportunity to create a sound foundation for your golf game will result in a more enjoyable golf experience. For the more advanced players, instruction can continued to be refined while also adding on course strategy lessons, mental game coaching. I want my students to become their own best coach. My role is to help them understand the fundamentals of their swing and provide feedback in a way that is easy for them to understand.
OCSA: Please Explain Vision54
GC: VISION54 represents possibilities. It is the idea that there is more to golf than just the technical part of the golf swing. It includes the physical, mental, emotional, social and spirit aspects of all players. It provides players with the tools to become better, happier golfers and enjoy the game more!
OCSA: How is Vision54 relevant to OCSA’s mission of early detection of the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer?
GC:VISION54 is centered on awareness. It asks you to pay attention to what your body, mind and spirit are feeling while you play golf. Most importantly it asks you to be in the moment, be present to what you are doing. These are skills and actions that can benefit anyone in their everyday life. This awareness may also allow women to be more in tune with their bodies and allow them to notice subtle changes that may require attention. Learning to live in the moment and be present in our lives versus living in the past or future can allow us to lead a more fulfilling life and one that is full of possibilities!
It all starts with a VISION!
The origin of VISION54 emanates from a core belief in possibilities, and by embracing the notion that every individual has unlimited and unique potential.
With this principle at its underpinning, VISION54 offers integrated coaching programs that increase performance and individual development for golfers, for athletes, for coaches, for business – for life. VISION54 knows that golf is about more than just the grip, the stance and the swing. In fact, under the VISION54 principles, the golf swing is just one element of an integrated coaching approach that targets the complete golfer – the whole person.
By bringing this refreshing and evolutionary outlook to the experience of learning, practicing, coaching and playing the game of golf, VISION54 presents a clear and defined path that allows each golfer to identify and reach their full potential.
Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson, company co-founders and creators of the VISION54 approach, are both internationally renowned experts on the mechanics of the golf swing. However, what makes Marriott and Nilsson stand apart as unique coaches is their inherent VISION54 belief that the technical side of the game is just one of six essential elements that must be integrated to allow for peak performance. This is what elevates them from good to great – this is what defines them as Complete Game Coaches. They want all golfers who come for coaching to play better on the golf course and enjoy the game more. Marriott and Nilsson have supported players to more than 100 Tour wins and five different players have won major championships.
The belief that the physical, technical, mental, emotional, social and spirit of the game elements of golf must come together in balance is at the very heart of the VISION54 coaching focus that has profoundly changed the game for so many players. This highly effective and successful learning approach is underpinned by the core VISION54 beliefs that:
- Each individual has unlimited human potential.
- Every golfer has his or her unique fingerprint of a golf swing.
- Golf performance is about getting the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible.
- Playing the game should be fulfilling and fun.
VISION54 knows that traditional golf instruction alone can make the game overly complicated for many golfers – often becoming the very obstacle to the remedy it proposes to deliver. By embracing the unique and unlimited potential of each individual player, and by applying integrated coaching principles, VISION54’s unique learning experience has produced enduring results for Tour professionals, competitive amateurs, recreational golfers, teaching professionals, and coaches alike.