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Leeds Golf Centre opens new Elite Academy
June 6, 2012

Leeds Golf Centre's impressive transformation received further plaudits last week as a number of top-flight amateur and professional golfers attended its all-new 'Elite Academy' for the first time.

Following a multi-million pound investment by new owners, Parklane, Leeds Golf Centre's reputation has taken another huge leap thanks to the launch of an initiative focussed on its state-of-the-art tuition facilities. The aptly named 'Elite Academy' is open to golfers playing off a handicap of two or better, with the desire to improve and compete at the game's highest levels being a prerequisite for acceptance onto the programme.

Under the watchful expert eye of top PGA coach, Mark Moore, the group - which includes European Tour winner, John Parry, and the current South of England Amateur champion, Will Shucksmith - meets once a month to share ideas and technical knowhow regarding golf swing mechanics and sports psychology.

The Elite Academy's principal aim is the pursuit of improved on-course performance - however, as Mark points out, it's not just technique and physical conditioning that receives attention: "One of our key work areas is philosophy - those who play competitively will know that golf is as much a battle of will as it is of pure ability and this group understands that 'attitude' is a hugely valuable characteristic."

"Of course, the facilities here at Leeds Golf Centre are second-to-none - using the FlightScope swing studios gives tremendous insight relating to swing dynamics and ball flight, whilst the outdoor practice areas enable us to work on repetition and to imitate the kind of circumstances these players experience week in week out under tournament conditions, " he added.

In actual fact, Mark Moore's work with some of the group pre-dates the Elite Academy's formal launch - he's been coaching John Parry for over 15 years, whilst more recent additions such as Will Shucksmith have also enjoyed success as a result of Mark's influence. Indeed, Will's South of England Amateur Championship - his first 'major' tournament win - came just eight months after beginning a coaching regime at Leeds Golf Centre and immediately followed a remarkable improvement from a handicap of plus-one at the start of 2011 to plus-four by close season.

Commenting on their experiences, the two players were hugely complimentary of both Mark's approach and of the quality of facilities at Leeds Golf Centre. "Mark is the only coach I have ever worked with on a full-time basis," said John Parry, "I think we're into our eighteenth year together now. To have a long-standing coaching relationship with someone whose methods and execution are so simple and easy to understand is invaluable. Mark probably knows my swing better than I do so I'm always confident that the advice he gives is really insightful and always directly relevant to the programme we're working on at any given moment."

Echoing this sentiment, Will Shucksmith is similarly pleased with the results he's achieved whilst working with Mark: "The time we've spent together at Leeds Golf Centre has been excellent, having worked with real intensity on a couple of areas that I know needed improvement. The opportunity to analyse my swing and ball flight patterns in the FlightScope studios has been really useful but it is Mark's style of delivery, ability to build confidence and outstanding technical knowhow that I think has been of most value. My South of England Amateur Championship title most probably wouldn't have happened last year if not for the work Mark and I have been doing together and this gives me great encouragement for the future."

For further information about participation in the Elite Academy at Leeds Golf Centre, email . Alternatively, for general information about the full range of facilities including tuition packages for players of all standards, visit or call 0113 288 6000.

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