The Palencia Putting Institue to Host Seminar on the Long and Short of It

September 28, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports News
St. Augustine, Fla. (September 28, 2007) – The Palencia Club will host a one-day seminar—The Long and Short of It - on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 at its new Putting Institute.

Twenty-four golfers will receive both instruction and play a round of golf at The Palencia Club’s championship Arthur Hills golf course. The Palencia Club Putting Institute offers state-of-the-art putting instruction called Laser Optics Putting Improvement System, which is used my more than 100 players on the PGA Tour to pinpoint players’ strengths and weaknesses.
Laser Optics technology focuses on two key components to help students develop a confident and repeatable stroke—to define whether they are linear and read things in a straight line, or non-linear which means they read things in a curve.
The seminar will be led by Palencia Putting Institute Director and 2003 Florida State Senior Amateur Champion Dan Meinert, who will handle the putting portion of the seminar.

“One of the things the technology can do is decrease the number of three putts and increase the percentage of three-, four- and five-foot putts golfers make so that they can save par and so forth,” Meinert said.

Gerry James, back-to-back world long drive champion and member of the Golf Channel’s Big Break Mesquite will instruct golfers on their long game. James, who teaches between 70 and 100 seminars a year, will focus on one flexibility and the ability to correctly make a swing that is an efficient model to hit the ball as far as possible.
“I have knowledge that probably nobody else in the state has,” James said. “I know that people who take the seminar will walk away with more knowledge on how to hit the ball farther and straighter because anyone I have ever worked with, has been able to hit the ball longer after working with me. They know where the club is supposed to go and how the swing is simplified.”
Seminar participants will enjoy breakfast, lunch and an evening reception at the beautiful, award winning four-story, 33,000 square foot clubhouse with panoramic views overlooking the ninth and eighteenth greens.
The Putting Institute’s first seminar, held in June, was a sell-out. At least one golfer attributes his recent success to it.
“I want to again say thank you for the very beneficial insights Palencia provided me during the last seminar on putting mechanics and the mental aspects required to achieve excellent putting results,” said Greg O’Brien, principal of Sustainable Office, LLC. “As a low handicap player and former PGA Tour caddy, I had fallen into the trap of not really understanding some of the fundamentals of putting, but thought I did. Palencia’s Putting Institute process and instruction were instrumental in me recently winning the Club Championship at Dunwoody Country Club.”
The one-day seminar costs $299 for Palencia members and $339 for non-members. Admission includes instruction, a round of golf, breakfast, lunch, dinner reception and a clinic notebook.
The Palencia Club Putting Institute is located at 600 Palencia Club Drive. For more information, please call (904) 599-9030 or visit