We use state-of-the-art swing analysis technologies to assess each player’s strengths and weaknesses to include

V1 Pro HD Video with Boditrak, Gears3D, Kvest Biofeedback and Trackman Data. The use of these technologies had been used for several years at BG to help prescribe the right formula for each golfer to maximize performance.  After a review of video, ball flight, club movement and the players body in 3D, Coach Bocking shows you how to make immediate improvements using specific drills and training aids that force you to make your proper swing.  It is critical to leave each session with the proper feeling to practice on your own.  We at BG Academy put a high emphasis on GOOD REPS!

At the end of each lesson a summary and demonstration of key takeaways will be recorded by Coach Bocking and loaded onto your ThrivSports App or into your V1 student locker for viewing on your smartphone, ipad, or computer anytime. Coach Bocking is dedicated to your golf game and will teach you how to properly practice leading you down the road to owning the swing of a lifetime that will in turn produce lower scores with consistency!

Sessions include Video w/Boditrak, Trackman, or KMotion 3D

What Is AimPoint?

Welcome to The World’s #1 Green Reading Instruction. AimPoint is used by the world’s best players and is available to golfers of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re a professional golfer, caddie, junior, or amateur golfer, AimPoint Green Reading will transform your game by teaching you the one aspect of putting which is never taught–exactly where to aim. Mark Sweeney has pioneered a revolutionary green-reading method based on the highly accurate, Emmy Award winning AimPoint Technology seen on the Golf Channel.

After going through the AimPoint Green Reading education, you will never again have to guess at how much a putt breaks.  Learn that putting is predictable and discover the most effective and reliable ways to determine the direction and precise amount of break for any putt, all based on gravity (only works on earth). AimPoint Technologies is a company focused on the science of predictive putt technology, green reading instruction, and player performance analysis, with the goal of improving golf performance and educating golfers in a quick and efficient manner.

Have you ever found yourself debating which direction a putt breaks? How about deciding if an important 10 foot putt needed to be aimed inside the left edge or outside the cup? AimPoint Express is the green reading system that teaches players how to accurately predict break.  Don’t let putting be a mystery anymore, stop guessing and learn the simplicity behind AimPoint Express.

Players of all levels from club golfers, college players, up to the PGA Tour are using AimPoint Express and seeing the benefits. What are you waiting for?

In a clinic or private coaching session you’ll learn:

  • How and why a putt breaks
  • Accurately identify slope
  • How to pick accurate targets
  • How green speed affects break
  • How to read short putts
  • How to read mid, long, and double breaking putts

Private Coaching Sessions are available 5 days a week, as well as Group Clinics and putting schools are offered several times throughout the year with Coach Bocking. 

Intro to AimPoint (Taught in Group)

$125 per Student

  • Slope Training, Master Short Putts and Single Breaking Putts

  • 1 Hour – Maximum 8 Students

AimPoint Express–Level I&II Read Class (taught in Group)

$225 per Student

  • Learn how to read putts with multiple tiers and slopes

  • Manage your speed and pace on the greens and develop tour like tempo

  • 2 Hours – Maximum 8 Students

AimPoint Xperience

$425 per Student

  • Complete AimPoint Express Training

  • Optimize Set Up Mechanics

  • Establish an Alignment Strategy to start putts on line

  • Master Stroke Timing, Tempo and Speed Control

  • Personalize a Unique Pre-Shot Routine

  • Performance and Skill Drills to improve Reads, Start Link and Speed Control

  • 3 Hours – Maximum 4 Students

AimPoint Junior Golf Workshop

$200 per Student

  • Complete AimPoint Express Training l & ll

  • Optimize Set Up Mechanics

  • Establish an Alignment Strategy to start putts on-line

  • Master Stroke Timing, Tempo and Speed Control

  • Personalize a Unique Pre-Shot Routine

  • Performance and Skills Drills to improve Reads, Start Link and Speed Control

  • 2 Hours – Maximum 8 Students

AimPoint Express Private Coaching Session

$ 650 per Student

  • Complete AimPoint Express Training l & ll

  • Optimize Set Up Mechanics

  • Establish an Alignment Strategy to start putts on-line

  • Master Stroke Timing, Tempo and Speed Control

  • Personalize a Unique Pre-Shot Routine

  • Performance and Skill Drills to improve Reads, Start Link and Speed Control

  • 5 Hours

  • Additional Golfers may be added $100 per Golfer

Book your AimPoint Green Reading Today!

Book Now

G.E.A.R.S 3D Motion Capture System is the best source of golf swing analysis, instruction and fitness training for everyone from beginners to tour professionals available today. The G.E.A.R.S 3D Motion Capture System shows in real time rotations, side tilts, bend, thrust, sway, and Lift of the body with incredible accuracy.

The Gears 3D Xperience is located at the beautiful Ledges of Huntsville in Huntsville Alabama and is hosted by Craig Bocking, the Director of Instruction at The Ledges Of Huntsville and a Lead Coach for The Golf Channel Academy.  He listed by Golf Digest as Best In State Teachers, a 2018 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teacher in America, and the 2018 Top 25 Elite Junior Master Coach in Amarica.  This is a 2-3 player golf school who is looking for a full day of fun and learning about your swing motion in 3D!  This is like an MRI of your golf Swing.  We will start in the morning to get to know you and your golf game, suit you up, start taking swing captures to collect data, break for lunch, and then you will get the opportunity to go test your new skills on the golf course.  How fun is that?  We are Alabama’s only Gears Lab and will provide you with new tools to play your best golf.

1 Day GEARS 3D Xperience

  • 8:00-9:00 – Meet and Greet at The Golf Academy

  • 9:00-12:00 – Swing Captures

  • 12:00-1:00 – Lunch

  • 1:00 – 5:00 18 Holes of Golf

Gears 3D Xperieance $995

Book Xperience Now!

The New Student Assessment is for first time golfers only that are looking to have a better understanding of their tendencies so that they can start down the road to better golf. The cost of the evaluation is a special rate of $200.

For a minimal investment you can spend 2 hours with Golf Digest Best In State Teachers and Lead Golf Channel Academy Instructor Coach Bocking, while he evaluates your functional movement, golf mechanics, and motor learning skills. It’s not a lesson but an assessment, collecting information to start your journey of better golf. He will evaluate your equipment and your skills in the full swing, short game, and putting.  He will also capture some swings in 3D to see how well you move in terms of your, turn, bend, and side tilt.                      

At the conclusion of the NSA, you will have a report outlining the skills you already possess and a list of those skills that represent the most opportunity for improvement. Understanding the skills needed and the order in which you should work on them, is the key to start down the path of better performance.  When the student has completed their evaluation hourly coaching is available by appointment through the online scheduler or the ThrivSports coaching app on our site.  Start your journey to better performance today!

What can You Expect during the Assessment?

Evaluation of Skills

Putting

Short Game

Full Swing

Set-Up

Set-Up

Set-Up

Start line

 Contact

 Contact

Controlling Speed/Distance

Trajectory Control

Clubface Awareness

Green Reading

Distance Control

Ball Flight

Stroke Tendencies

 Technique

Pivot/3D Data

Book your New Student Assessment Today!

Book Now

The Junior Academy at The Ledges of Huntsville is excited to help your junior golfer learn how to break par with our JA 36ers goal program. JA 36ers is a coaching, playing, and training program designed to teach young golfers how to play the game from a hole out perspective. 

Each golfer will be issued a profile in the JA 36ers App to track their progress through our curriculum. This creates a fun systematic way to achieve appropriate objectives and challenge each student towards shooting par or better (score of 36) for 9 holes.

LEARN & IMPROVE YOUR GAME

CHALLENGE: SHOOT PAR (36) OR BETTER FOR 9 HOLES FROM YOUR FULL TEE BOX

The junior academy 36ers program was created to help introduce, develop, and motivate young golfers.  The challenge we set for our players is the score of 36 (par for 9 holes) or better to move back in tee length. By working from green to tee-box versus the traditional tee-box to green, lowers the challenge point and increases the fun factor. It is a motivating way to learn and progress through golf.

LEARN

Junior academy 36ers will attend weekly academy classes where the games core fundamentals and dynamic movement patterns are taught. Classes run 2 hours, once a week.  Group 1 meets on Tuesdays and Group 2 on Thursdays from 4-6pm.

LEARN & PLAY

Every Saturday at 2:00, Group 2 players have an opportunity to test their skills on the golf course. All players start by teeing off from 25 yards in challenge 1 with the goal to shoot 36 or better in 9 holes. Once this is accomplished, players move back to 50 yards, then 100, 150, 200, Ladies tees, Senior tees. There are 6 Challenges, who will be the leader at the end of these 6 challenges?  We thank you for allowing us to coach your child and helping them shoot par on and off the course.

Learn about the 16 most common swing characteristics that can lead to mechanical inefficiencies in your golf swing, as well as put you at risk for injury. 

$175/hourly

S-Posture

S-Posture, is a postural characteristic that can be caused by the player creating too much arch in their lower back by sticking their tail bone out to much in the setup position. This excessive curvature in the lower back or S-posture puts abnormally high stress on the muscles in the lower back and causes the abdominal muscles to relax. This deactivation of the core muscles can cause a loss of posture or reverse spine angle during the backswing. This in turn puts the lower body out of position on the downswing and will affect the sequence of motion in the golf swing.

C Posture

C-Posture is used to describe a posture that occurs when your shoulders are slumped forward at address and you have a definitive roundedness to your thoracic spine.

Loss Of Posture

Loss of Posture is defined as any significant alteration from your body’s original set up angles during your golf swing. This loss of posture can affect all aspects of the golf swing including timing, balance and rhythm.  Losing your spine angle or altering your posture usually causes two typical miss hits, the block to the right and a hook to the left. And as most competitive players know, having two misses, one to the right and one to the left, can be disastrous in tournament play.

Flat Shoulder Plane

Flat shoulder plane describes the plane of the shoulders as the student turns to the top of their backswing. At address the spine is tilted due to the setup position.  In the ideal world the shoulders should move perpendicular to the tilt of the spine on the backswing. A flat shoulder plane is when the shoulders turn on a more horizontal plane than the axis of the original spine angle.

A flat shoulder turn can cause the club to be out of position on the backswing and creates a shift in swing planes on the downswing which reduces the efficiency of the motion. As a result, the player will usually have to make compensations on the downswing with the body or hands to square the club face consistently. This can also cause a loss of power in the swing, as well as inconsistent ball striking.

Hanging Back

Hanging Back refers to a lack of weight shift towards the target on the downswing. Usually the player is still on their back foot at impact. In a normal weight shift, the player is about four inches closer to the target at impact compared to address. Many times the player will hit heavy divots that begin behind the ball or they may have compensated with a ball position that is too far back in their stance. Hanging Back is a major cause of loss of speed since weight shift is one of the most important skills to help produce club head speed.

Casting

Casting is one of the most common causes of loss of power and excessive spin on the golf ball. It is defined as an early release of the golf club during the downswing. This can result in a weak impact position with the left wrist being cupped at impact. It adds loft to the face of the club and as a result we see a loss of power and consistency. At impact we should see the shaft leaning slightly toward the target, this helps to deloft the club and creates a more powerful impact position.

Scooping

Scooping occurs on the downswing and is defined as a premature release of the wrist angles. This results in a weak impact position with the left wrist being cupped at impact. It adds loft to the face of the club and as a result we see a loss of power and consistency. It is usually combined with Casting or Early Release. It is termed Scooping when the club head passes the hands through impact and the student is trying to lift the ball into the air.

Chicken Winging

Chicken Winging is a term used to describe the appearance of the lead arm on players who bend their lead elbow and cup their lead wrist through impact. The lead arm resembles the wing of a chicken, hence the name. Normally, the lead arm is extended through impact to create as much width as possible. Width through impact is a key factor in generating club head speed. Chicken Winging can not only create a loss in power, but it tends to add loft to the club and excessive spin to the golf ball.

Flying Elbow

This is a term used to describe the trailing elbow leaving the trailing side on the backswing. It is not necessarily a fault and many great players play golf with this motion. It can however affect the efficiency of the golf swing as it can create some sequencing issues on the backswing and downswing. The trailing elbow will fly away from the trailing side as the club reaches the top of the backswing, with the elbow pointing well behind the student. On most golfers the elbow points to the ground at the top of the backswing which would put the arm in a position to support the club at the top of the swing. However many great players have a flying elbow and still manage to get the arm in the correct position on the downswing to provide stability and power to the club.

Early Extension

Early Extension is defined as any forward movement (thrust) of the lower body towards the golf ball during the downswing. This swing characteristic causes the arms and club to get stuck behind your body during the downswing, and forces your torso to raise up and elevate through the hitting zone. Early Extension usually causes two typical miss hits, the block to the right and a hook to the left. And as most competitive players know, having two misses, one to the right and one to the left, can be disastrous in tournament play. Players that have this fault will also complain of getting stuck or trapped, this is due to the fact that the lower body has moved closer to the golf ball on the downswing.  As a result the body is in the way of the arms on the downswing and thus the term I feel stuck or trapped.

Over The Top

Over the Top is perhaps the most common swing fault among high handicap golfers. It occurs due to an overuse of the upper body on the downswing. As a result the club will be thrown on the outside of the intended swing plane with the club head approaching the ball from outside to in. This creates a pull if the clubface is square or a slice if the club face is open.

Sway

A Sway is defined as any excessive lower body lateral movement away from the target during your backswing that forces your weight to the outside of your trail side foot. This swing characteristic makes it very difficult to develop a proper weight shift during transition and the downswing. Imagine a baseball batter digging in at the plate with their back foot. This simple routine allows them to coil around their back leg and drive their weight from their back leg to their front leg in a very efficient manner. If there is no stable platform to drive your weight off of during transition, you will lose power and try to develop speed in an inefficient sequence.

Slide

A Slide is defined as any excessive lower body lateral movement towards the target during your downswing. This swing fault makes it very difficult to stabilize your lower body during the downswing, which will eventually rob power and speed from the upper body through impact. Your upper body needs a stable lower body to accelerate around during the downswing. Once the lower body starts its forward shift into the downswing its job is to transfer energy to the upper body and stabilize the extreme rotary forces that are created in the upper body, arms, and club. If there is no stable platform to rotate around, players will lose power and try to develop speed in an inefficient sequence.

Late Buckle

Late Buckle is a swing characteristic that is seen immediately after impact. Normally, after a player makes contact with the ball and the club releases around their body, there is a corresponding lift or standing tall into the finish position. A Late Buckle is when a player actually dips down and drops after making contact with the ball. There is usually a sudden bend in the knees (or buckle of the lower body) that is clearly visible from both sides of the golfer.

Reverse Spine Angle

A Reverse Spine Angle is defined as any excessive upper body backward bend (trunk leaning towards the target) or excessive left lateral upper body bend (for a right-handed player) during the backswing. This swing fault makes it very difficult to start the downswing in the proper sequence, due to the lower body being placed in a position that usually limits its ability to initiate the downswing. This swing characteristic is also one of the prime causes of lower back pain in golfers. When the lower body can’t start the downswing or has a limited ability to initiate the movement, the upper body tends to dominate the swing which will eventually create path problems and limited power output. Reverse spine angle puts excessive tension on the lower back due to a forced inhibition of the abdominal musculature during the backswing, and excessive compressive loads placed on the right side of the spine at impact.

Forward Lunge

Forward Lunge refers to any excessive lateral move of the upper body towards the target during transition and the downswing. Normally, there is approximately a four inch lateral weight shift of the lower body towards the target in the downswing. The upper body tends to follow the lower body with about two to three inches of movement as well. In a forward lunge, there is an increased movement of the upper body towards the target, with the upper body having more movement than the lower body. This can create a very steep downward attack angle of the club and create very high shots with a lot of spin.