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NO COURSE, NO RANGE, No Problem At-home instruction with Pebble Beach's Laird Small BY JUDD SPICER PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT KAUFMAN M ore often than not, this little thing called life can get in the way of refining your golf game, and get- ting away from home and office duties for a round or some range time rarely finds its way atop the time totem. But, for the driven player, know that one need not don spikes to get in some needed practice or prep time. Rather, a few daily minutes at the home or office spent work- ing on everything from short game to flex- ibility can go a long way toward keeping your game sharp and body loose. Take the lead from Laird Small, Direc- tor of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy and 2003 National PGA Teacher of the Year. Small has plenty of experience working with folks who are known to spend just a little extra time in the workplace. Along with teaching top touring pros and lumi- nary athletes over the years, Small's student roster has included the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey. Struggling to escape the daily grind to find opportunities to work on your game? Here are Small's five tips, drills and devices to keep you sharp while at the home or workplace. Laird Small is Director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy, which he helped found in 1996, and is the author of "Play Golf the Pebble Beach Way." A graduate of San Jose State University, Small has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the nation's top- 50 teachers on an annual basis since 2007. Judd Spicer is a freelance writer based in Palm Desert. I N S T R U C T I O N 42 WINTER 2019 | NCGA.ORG

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