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Golf Academy Overview
No other golf academy in the world has won as many junior tournaments, generated as many college scholarships or put as many players on professional tours as the IMG Academy. Beginning with coaches who complete the most rigorous of instructional certification programs and have years of experience coaching golfers of all skill levels and continuing through every area of the golf school, from instruction to technology, our academy produces and trains the best in the game.
Combine customized technical instruction with our course management and competition methodology, as well as our Performance programs to increase core power, flexibility and focus/confidence, and the golf academy develops golfers who can compete anywhere. Through personalized training and recruitment plans implemented from the day you enter the campus gates, the IMG Academy's golf academy enriches the preparatory process from the foundational level and beyond.
IMG Academy is the title sponsor of the prestigious Junior World Championships
IMG Academy's golf program's streamlined approach ensures each student-athlete is both challenged and properly developing throughout their career. Coaches understand the individualized needs and ability level of each student-athlete and create a semester-long training plan and tournament schedule accordingly. IMG Academy golf places a significant emphasis on improving one’s grades, their game, and their growth.
IMG Academy's golf coaches have the highest levels of collegiate, PGA, and LPGA experience and regularly communicate with both student-athletes and families regarding an individual's progress and improvement. Coaches will work with student-athletes on the following core competencies throughout the year:
Life Skills (character, integrity, values, discipline, community, accountability)
From a technical foundation to on-course strategy to mental toughness and goal-setting, IMG Academy's golf program's thorough testing and competition structure allows student-athletes of every level to identify a clear pathway to achieve their ultimate goals.
Detailed student-athlete performance reports also offer clarity and transparency on key areas such as driver and approach performance, short game and putting testing, core competencies both on and off the course, and more.
Measure & Evaluate
Plan & Practice
Trial & Retest
Prepare & Play
Reflect & Assess
Weeks 1 - 2
Weeks 2 - 4
Weeks 4 - 6
Weeks 6 - 8
Weeks 8 - 12
Priorities & actions
Retrain patterns & habits
Individual practice plan
Street test competences
Create competitive environment
Exploration and adaptability
Routines & processes
Set new priorities & actions
Clarity & commitment
Completion and review of all the analyzed data establishing benchmarks
Establish a clear understanding of information and actions
Confirmation of skill competence and capabilities in all the different areas
Close the margins between the A, B, & C game
Understanding of the key actions required on the areas identified for improvement
Athletic and Personal Development plays an integral role in the overall development of each golf student-athlete. Athletic and Personal Development instructors focus on crucial areas such as mental toughness, vision training, nutrition, leadership, communication, and more to ensure that IMG Academy golf student-athletes understand what it takes to succeed at the highest levels.
IMG Academy’s collegiate-style schedule provides the ultimate preparation for student-athletes to succeed at the next level. Golf student-athletes have the ability to select their courses and electives to identify their areas of interest ahead of enrolling into the collegiate program that best aligns with their academic and athletic goals.
Post-graduates train within IMG’s boarding school program, allowing them to immerse within a competitive environment while still having a team of expert coaches guiding them throughout their career. Post-graduate student-athletes compete in junior events as well as on the West Florida Golf Tour. Post-graduates will gain invaluable experience prior to college, including collegiate course credits and a network of resources, without affecting their NCAA eligibility.
Student-athletes will train alongside other golfers who have similar goals and skills levels while also having the opportunity to compete against both local and national competition.
Student-athletes have competed in the following notable tournaments and tours:
IMG Junior Golf Tour
American Junior Golf Association(AJGA)
Junior Ryder Cup
Kathy Whitworth Invitational
U.S. Jr. Boys
U.S. Jr. Girls
U.S. Women's Amateur
Scott Robertson Memorial
Symetra Tour Events
World Junior Golf Ranking (WJGR) Tournaments
IMG Junior Golf Tour
IMG Junior Golf Tour is aligned to compliment the existing Golf Performance curriculum affording IMG student-athletes the ability to grow and develop at different ages and stages, preparing for a more stable platform of success.
Players who are ranked in the All-Star category will have their own tailored event schedule prepared and planned by their personal coach.
IMGA students ranked in the Challenger category will play 7 mandatory events, three in the fall and four in the spring. Event selection will be aligned to student experience and coach planning.
All IMGA students in the full-time program will be enrolled in 7 mandatory events, helping develop competitive growth and experience. The schedule will have three events in the fall and four in the spring.
82 Student-athletes placed at D1 institutions since 2014
2019 U.S. Girls Amateur Champion, Angelina (Lei) Ye
2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion, Michael Thorbjornsen
2016 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Emiliano Grillo
180+ Rolex All-Americans
10 Rolex Player of the Year winners
7 AJGA Scholastic All-Americans
10 AJGA Junior All-Stars
1000+ Junior tournament wins
16 Jr. World Champions
15 NCAA Champions (Individual and Team)
14 USGA Champions
Technology & Facilities
Inside the Tour Studio
The IMG Academy golf program is home to the most advanced technology available in the game. Inside the Tour Studio powered by Cool Clubs, golfers have access to technology that aids in the personalization of their training along with offerings ranging from adjustments to your existing equipment to custom club production of new equipment tested specifically to fit your game. Our experienced team analyzes every aspect of a player's current club performance and ball flight, from their club head speed to launch angles, and recommends equipment to optimize shot-making capabilities and maximize potential. Additional technology inside the Tour Studio includes:
K-Vest is a wireless system that instantaneously measures players’ power signatures and 3D data and assesses player characteristics. It provides an extensive library of pre-built training programs and drills and also has the ability to customize them.
SAM PuttLab analyzes 28 parameters of the player’s putting stroke and displays the results in easy to understand graphic reports, where players and coaches can discover individual strengths and weaknesses for a better and more efficient training.
BodiTrak is the industry’s leader for ground reaction force-sensing mats and associated education. Their products give you real-time data and insight on how an athlete interacts with the ground.
Trackman Golf Radar
Golf radar not only helps map key data parameters – ball speed, attack angle, club path, face angle, etc. – but it also captures the golf swing with a built-in HD video camera or with the use of external cameras.
Dragonfly Golf by Guided Knowledge
The Dragonfly Golf system is the world’s most advanced smart suit and is synchronized to an interactive app on students’ and coaches’ mobile devices. Together, they measure the precise detail of the student’s swing and deliver feedback via a customized 3D avatar alongside real-time analysis tailored to the student. For the first time, students and coaches can collaborate anytime, anywhere, in-person or remotely, using 3D technology.
Dragonfly Golf empowers students to take ownership of their golf game by following assigned tasks set by their personal coach. The IMG Academy golf program has "Smart Suit Saturdays," a day in which students can tap into the minds of biomechanical specialists whilst working on their game in the Smart Suit.
On-Campus & Golf Club Facilities
Golf Center with meeting rooms for players and coaches, coaches' offices, and Tour Studio powered by Cool Clubs
Double-sided driving range with fairway bunker
Multiple target and putting greens
Portable TrackMan and K-Vest from Tour Studio used on practice ranges and greens
18-hole golf course
Performance and Sports Science Center
Mind Gym for mental conditioning sessions and vision training
Strength and conditioning equipment
Classrooms for nutrition and leadership training
Athletic training facility for recovery and regeneration, including hot and cold tubs
IMG Academy Golf Club
IMG Academy Golf Club is Bradenton's premiere public golf course and is open to the public and members alike. Home to the IMG Academy golf students, the natural beauty of IMG Academy Golf Club is both rivaled and complimented by a great golf experience. The Golf Club features an 18-hole championship golf course, multiple practice areas, grille room and bar, as well as a fitness room that provides an array of fitness and cardio equipment. It is a true test for low handicap players, and also eminently playable for high handicappers who consider it extremely fair, yet challenging.
IMG Academy announced the addition of renowned PGA Advanced Fellow Professional and former tournament player Kevin Craggs as Director of Golf. In his role, Craggs will oversee all aspects of the IMG Academy golf program for boarding school, camps, professional training, and events.
After playing on the European tour for several years, Kevin moved into coaching and for many years was the Scottish National Team Coach. He built his career on developing golfers at all levels, from the juniors through the professional ranks on both the European and U.S. tours.
Student-athletes receive guidance from college placement specialists and sport coaches for reaching their goal of playing their sport at the collegiate level. This work begins when a student enters upper school at grade 9 and above.
I got the discipline from going to golf, and then going to school and preparing myself mentally when I go to college because it’s a similar structure. I’m challenged every day because I have three AP classes and Honors classes. I’ve also been exposed to LPGA tournaments.
- Mika Liu
IMG Academy Alumna
Overall, I had everything I needed, from coaching, facilities, training, gym, food, so, whoever wants to get better in their specific sport, coming here with the environment and atmosphere with all the students who have the same goal - it’s amazing and the best way to get better.
- Laetitia Beck
IMG Academy Alumna
The main thing is here, a lot of the teachers are really good, and they’re really supportive. Especially the LRC [Learning Resource Center] – the help I get is really useful.
- Lucas Stewart
IMG Academy Alumnus
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