PGA free lesson month returns

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Get out and improve your game. . . .on the house.

Following the success of the last 12 years, May again is PGA Free Lesson Month.  This year family golf clinics have been added to the list of participating courses to now families have the opportunity to learn the game together.

“Whether as an individual or with friends or family, PGA Free Lesson Month offers the perfect excuse to get outside, learn new skills and get a little exercise, all while enjoying the game of golf,” said PGA of America President Jim Remy.

PGA Free Lesson Month is designed to reach new golfers and help existing golfers improve their game with free, 10-minute golf lessons conducted by participating PGA and LPGA Professionals nationwide throughout the month.  All PGA/LPGA Professionals participating in PGA Free Lesson Month along with a list of family golf clinics can be found at PlayGolfAmerica.com. 

Every golfer who takes a free lesson and sends in a Free Lesson Card is eligible to enter a sweepstakes to win a two-day/two-night golf getaway to the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla., including hotel accommodations, round-trip, economy airfare, a two-day session at The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance and a custom-fit set of golf clubs.

Since the PGA of America and Golf Digest jointly launched this nationwide campaign in 1998, more than 1,131,000 free lessons have been given. Last year, nearly 5,241 PGA/LPGA Professionals nationwide gave more than 80,075 free lessons to consumers.

Frank Hesson gave 137 free lessons in 2009 and will be featured on Golf Channel’s “The Golf Fix” May 3 with Michael Breed. Hesson, 36, is the director of instruction at Indian Spring Country Club in Marlton, N.J.

“As a PGA Professional, these free lessons give us tons of credibility,” said Hesson. “We are able to help someone in a short time span, for free, and cure their slice or fix a problem quickly.”