HEALTH AND BEAUTY ARCHIVE:
538: Pool party
Keep your cool this summer with a visit to one of Tokyos many pools.
Metropolis shows you where to take the plunge.
536: Don't sweat it
With the hot and humid months upon us, Cristy Burne share some tips on staying
534: Swept away
Put away your broomsticksall you really need to soar through the clouds
is an armful of nylon and a good gust. Cristy Burne checks out the air up there.
532: Tee time
Cant keep it on the fairway? The yips invaded your game?
Rob Smaal finds a few experienced golf pros who can work out your kinks on the
530: Balancing act
An ancient science is helping modern men and women find peace, health and
the always elusive balance. Tama M. Lung takes a closer look at
528: Kicking on
Former K-1 Japan champion Nicholas Pettas shares his love of martial arts
at the new Spirit Gym in Nogizaka. Chris Betros goes along to watch.
526: On call
A revolutionary daily disease self-management system is making life easier
for diabetics. Chris Betros finds out about Lifewatcher.
524: Team spirit
From rugby to roller hockey, Tokyo is teeming with sports clubs for the
expat athlete. Rob Smaal shows you how to get in the game.
522: Type casting
Second-generation blood-type expert Toshitaka Nomi looks at the links between
blood classifications and health. Mick Corliss reports.
520: Like a rock
Climbing instructor Luke Kearns gets a grip on Tokyo's best indoor climbing
516: The personal touch
Madonna and Matsui aren't the only ones who need help staying fit. Hanna
Kite pumps it up with the top personal trainers in Tokyo.
514: From here to maternity
Kavitha Rao turns to a handful of Tokyo experts to track down baby basics
for nervous expat mothers-to-be.
502: Tour de Morton, part deux
Don Morton gets back on two wheels for a leisurely ride out toward Haneda
Cant keep it on the fairway?
The yips invaded your game? Rob Smaal finds a
few experienced golf pros who can work out your kinks on the
If youre hardy enough to venture outdoors
into the stifling heat of a Tokyo summer and chase a little
white ball over a few kilometers of rolling terrain, then
why not get your game in shape first?
When it comes to golf lessons in Japan, youve got some
pretty impressive names to choose from. Jack Nicklaus, Gary
Player and David Duval are all top-level pros who have lent
their names to golf academies here, offering everything from
30-minute lessons for weekend hackers looking to tune up their
game, to a year-long resident program designed to get that
handicap (and that bank account?) into the single digits.
A word to the wise, however: Your odds of actually encountering
Jack, Gary or David at any of these facilities are about the
same as Metropolis sports guy Fred Varcoe nailing a hole-in-one
on a 380-yard par-4 dogleg into a stiff wind
to say that you wont get some quality instruction on
the art of smacking a golf ball.
Many courses and driving ranges in Japan do offer lessons,
either in groups or to individuals, but much of the time the
instruction will be solely in Japanese. Here, then, are a
few of the teaching facilities that are equipped to cater
to non-Japanese swingers.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Center Ohmori
|Students at the Jack
Nicklaus Golf Center (pictured here and below right) get
pointers from the professionals
Courtesy of Jack Nicklaus Golf Center Ohmori
Located near Heiwajima station on the Keihin
Kyuko Line, the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center features private
30-minute lessons from ¥6,500, with group lessons ranging
from ¥33,000-65,000 depending on skill level, day and
time. The facility features 62 driving stalls, as well as
a practice bunker, putting green and chipping area.
of Jack Nicklaus Golf Center Ohmori
The head pro at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center
is Todd Baker, a Canadian who has been teaching golf in Japan
for the past 14 years. I start with the basicsthe
grip, stance and set-upand go on to the swing plane
from there, says Baker. I use pictures to give
students an idea of what theyre supposed to look like
at certain times in the swing. I also use drills to teach
them both feel and rhythm, as well as helping them get into
the proper positions.
To book lessons with Todd or one of the other teaching pros
at the center, call 03-3298-5211 or email email@example.com.
Three of the five instructors speak English. The website address
David Duval Golf Academy
If youve got a little more time and money to spend on
improving your scores, you might want to hop on a flight to
Miyazaki and check out the granddaddy of them all
when it comes to golf schools in Japan: The David Duval Golf
Academy at the Sheraton Resorts Phoenix Seagaia golf
complex. A sprawling seaside resort with two championship
courses on site and two others a short commute away, the academy
also offers guests access to spa and tennis facilities. But
were talking golf here, and this place has plenty of
Managed by Troon Golf, which operates more than 20 teaching
academies worldwide, the DDGA is a full-service golf clinic
open every day of the year. Sporting both indoor and outdoor
facilities, it also has a full-sized driving range plus all
the bells and whistles required to work on your short game,
putting and bunker play.
|An instructor at David
Duval Golf Academy describes the finer points of alignment
Courtesy of David Duval Golf Academy
We offer a wide variety of lesson options, but our
most popular programs are the multiple-day golf schools, which
run two to four days in length, and the new resident programs,
which can run anywhere from one week to one year, explains
Derek Hooper, an Australian who has been the director of instruction
since the David Duval Golf Academy officially opened a little
over a year ago.
We have five instructors on hand, three of whom are
fluent in English. Our teaching philosophy is based on delivering
instruction which is holistic in that we consider every aspect
of an individuals game: their goals, physical abilities,
skill level, equipment and the amount of time they have available
to spend on their game. The lessons are also proactive in
that the instructors design an individualized program and
then guide each student through a series of drills to ensure
they achieve their desired results.
Prices at the DDGA range from ¥20,000 a day for juniors,
to a weekly rate of ¥154,000 (without accommodation),
right on up to nearly ¥5 million for a single room for
a year in the resident golfers program. (The same program
with three to a room is a shade under ¥3 million for
a full year). For more information, check out the DDGA website
by logging on to www.seagaia.co.jp
and then hitting the English button. From there,
go to the David Duval Golf Academy link. You can email the
academy at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 0985-38-1210 for complete package information and
Gary Player Golf Academy
Head teaching pro Takaaki Okayama can help work out the kinks
in your swing at the Gary Player Golf Academy and golf course,
which is part of the Manna Country Club in Chiba Prefecture.
What Okayama-san lacks in English vocabulary, he makes up
for in golf knowledge. Call 0475-24-5211 to book a lesson
at the Gary Player Golf Academy. For more details, go to the
Manna Country Club website, www.mannacc.com
(Japanese only), and look for the Gary Player link.
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