PGA pro Mark Panigoni is the area's foremost authority on the golf swing as it relates to back problems. "Unfortunately, many people with back problems mistakenly try to swing without moving their lower body. Thinking that if they don't move too much, they will avoid using their back. That is similar to being buried from the waist down and having someone pull your arms around your body." states Panigoni in a recent interview. "Most people depend on cliches that have no value to their golf swing. Keeping your head down is one of last things that someone should be thinking when they swing.
In fact, of the thousands of videos I've taken of my students, not once has a student "looked up" before they attempted to hit the ball." However, trying to "stay down" restricts their body which gives the golfer the mistaken impression that they lack flexibility, but in truth, it's a lack of understanding. They top the ball because their arms are bent, their arms are bent because their body stops turning, their body stops turning because they're trying to stay down. So they top the ball. Then, they say they topped the ball because they raised up. This is a frustrating cycle and people really hurt their back by trying to stay down."
"Before, I would always need to lie down on the 17th tee box to relieve my back pain. Since taking my lessons on Stack and Tilt, I have had no back pain during or after my rounds!" Denny Ricker - The Villages, FL
Recommended by Doctor's and Therapists
Mark has conducted many clinics on how to swing a golf club without injuring your back, during these clinics he has been joined by area doctors and physical therapists that recommend his techniques. Mark continues to be the one that orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, acupuncturists and physical therapists in central Florida send their clients to for golf instruction.
"I've played golf in pain for years, now it's a pleasure to play" Sandra Ricciardi, The Villages, FL Watch video click here
Panigoni knows back problems personally, having experienced three back surgeries himself, so you will be getting advice from someone that has lived with ruptured disks and was able to play better with the injury. The ruptured disks gave Mark extra incentive to slide his hips on the downswing which produced a more predictable swing that was pain free and powerful.
Mark is the area's only PGA instructor trained in the Stack & Tilt® system. Students have driven as far as 2 hours to take lessons with him for this reason.
Starting October 1, 2013, if you finish your private lesson and don't feel that you've either learned something to relieve your back pain or something to improve your golf game.....you don't have to PAY!
Lesson Overview Videos are FREE
All of his private lessons are followed by an email that includes your swing videos and a review of the lesson called a lesson overview and it's free of charge with every private lesson and on course class. Many golf academies offer video or DVDs from the lesson for an extra charge. There is never an extra charge for a lesson overview email, even when you take an On-Course Class. You will receive videos of your golf swing during actual play at Miona Lake Golf Club, free of charge.
To see a sample of what a Lesson Overview Video is click here
Mark goes the extra mile for his students
Mark is a very experienced instructor with over 10,000 lessons in the last 7 years alone. He tries to always look for ways to improve his product. Stack & Tilt® authorization was a great added value to his students and well worth the time and expense. Computer software that provides the technology to create Lesson Overviews is another example. Seeing your swing on video and having an explanation of the lesson is a great way to follow up your lesson at home.
"I came to your Free Clinic on the golf swing as a struggling golfer who had quit playing due to frustration. I employed only part of what I learned from you and went from shooting in the low 80s, at best, to seven straight rounds in the 70s with a 71 recorded in the Eagle Ridge Men's day." John Hummel Del Webb For more read Mark's student comments.
On-Course Lessons are essential!
Mark has the option to go on-course with a student any time. Many people complain that they have different results when on the golf course compared to the driving range. The golf ball doesn't know where you are. Therefore, the student is doing something different when on the course. Video provides the explanation. All students receive a video overview after on-course lessons - which includes the On-Course Playing Class. There is a weekly on course class for three students for nine holes for only $66. Some area instructors charge as much as $295 for on-course instruction. The charge of $66 also includes nine hole green fees, cart fees and range balls before the round (Class). Mark can also take students on the golf course during a regular private lesson.
Mark has invented a training club for beginners that he guarantees will accelerate the learning process for someone new to the game. Improving his students' golf games is a full-time focus for Mark. This club uses a molded grip, velcro and a glove designed to work together to insure that the student grips the club correctly. You cannot find this club anywhere else. It has completely changed many students' games for the better.
In a effort to increase the understanding with the golfing public of the simplicity and logic of The Stack & Tilt swing system, Mark contributes Instructional Videos to The Villages-News.com, a local on-line newspaper that has around 100,000 hits per month. Click here to learn more The Villages-News.com
Many times Mark has been told that he is a patient instructor. He doesn't believe that adding more stress to a struggling student is going to produce improvement, most of the time. Mark gives 100% attention to every minute of every lesson, that is the only way he operates.
Here is an excerpt of Mark's story from a recent newspaper article.........
Mark Panigoni believes the golf swing should not cause any back pain. Panigoni tries to instill that belief in his golf students now at the Miona Lake Golf Club located at 5473 County Road 122 Wildwood, Fl 34785
Panigoni, a PGA professional, underwent back surgery in 2007 and had to relearn how to swing a golf club. Now he takes pride in teaching that method to his students. "Swinging a golf club shouldn't be something that causes pain. After my back injury, I had to learn to swing the club by staying shifted onto my left leg and I noticed that my game actually improved. Pretty soon, I started teaching the same method to my students."
Not long after he began teaching his new method, a friend sent him a story from a golf magazine detailing an extremely similar philosophy. As it turned out, Stack and Tilt was just getting starting on the PGA Tour. Several players were being taught to keep their weight on the left foot by Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett with tremendous results. That is what the golf article discussed.
"In retrospect, I believe that my back problems happened for a reason," Panigoni says. "The back injury turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it forced me to learn to swing more efficiently. Without the two ruptured disks in my lower lumbar, I may never have experimented with this method. I believe that things happen for a reason. God gives us challenges to build character and to teach us. This was one of those times where He taught me something valuable that I could pass on to my students."
Many of Panigoni's students report not only improvement in their golf game, but they are able to play PAIN FREE! To see what some of his students have to say, go to TESTIMONIALS.
Stack & Tilt definition
A system is a way to make the procedure easier and more reliable.
To read a recent article on why Tiger has changed his swing to Stack & Tilt, click here
Full Swing School
Featuring concepts from the Stack & Tilt Swing System
One Hour per week for 3 weeks (click here to schedule now) or call for next class 352-259-0436
Put together your own group! Invite two or three friends and you determine the day and time.
You will learn the basics of cause and effect in the golf
swing. By understanding this you will improve much faster.
Find out why trying to "keep your head down", "swing straight
back", "go back low and slow", "maintain your knee flex in the backswing",
"staying down" and "rotating your forearms" are all thoughts that can keep you from hitting good shots!
Mark Panigoni is the area's only Authorized Stack & Tilt Instructor.
On Course Playing Classes
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Three students play nine holes with Mark. The cost is $66 which includes all course fees.
Mark can video your swing while you play...video doesn't lie!
Anyone can sign up from beginners to highly experienced golfers. Topics include course strategy, club selection, uneven lies, short game situations, mental approach.....many things that can only be properly discussed under real on-course situations. That's why it's always different on the course than when you were on the driving range.
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One hour of practice supervised by the area's only authorized PGA instructor trained in the Stack & Tilt system. Range balls included.
Several classes held each week. Call for this week's openings.
five student max per class