Outback Golf Academy to expand its operation into Queen Creek at popular AZ Grip-n-Rip facility

Indoor junior golf camps, private lessons and golf fitness training to be offered

Led by one of the world’s finest ball strikers and unquestionably one of the game’s finest trick shot artists, the Outback Golf Academy and Craig Hocknull offer a unique level of services for golfers either just starting to play the game or single digit handicappers looking to go even lower on their scorecards.

The reigning Southwest Section – PGA of America Teacher of the Year has expanded his popular golf academy into the town of Queen Creek and will offer its participants indoor junior golf camps, private golf lessons and golf fitness training. As an added bonus to the playing package, golf fitness guru, Andrew “Fish” Fischer, PGA TOUR trainer will be providing golf instruction and golf fitness training.

“We clearly understand that so much goes into being a good golfer away from the course like proper stretching and working the golf muscles of your body repetitively, further creating muscle memory so your swing matches itself time and time again,” said Hocknull, a 1997 graduate of Jackson State University in Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. Hocknull earned the school’s coveted Walter Payton Award, named in honor of the late NFL Hall of Famer. Payton’s brother, Eddie is the golf coach at Jackson State.

High speed video analysis will also be part of the program at AZ Grip-n-Rip along with launch monitor technologies like Flightscope and Trackman which enables coaches to quickly analyze indoor golf ball flight.

Through his playing moniker and business title, “Learn, Play and Laugh,” Hocknull’s extensive list of golf programs include the Tiny Golfer Program, the kids golf league, the Outback Junior Academy, the Outback Golf University, Ladies Only Get Golf Ready and the Patriot Golf Academy. All of these outstanding activities can be found on his website  www.learnplaylaugh.com.

Recently, highly-acclaimed golf instructor Kent Chase, who also works with Hocknull, saw one of his students, Zach Wright help lead the LSU Tigers to the NCAA National Men’s Golf Championship earlier this month. The first national golf crown for the Tigers in 60 years. “What a thrill for me and everyone associated with Zach’s progress as a golfer. I couldn’t be happier for him and LSU. Zach finished tied for 11th, just eight shots off the lead, but his strong play along with his teammates propelled them to victory, their first national title since 1955,” said Chase. “Zach was the best 100 yards player that any of the instructors at our golf academy had ever seen.”

For more information, call 480.561.4653, or visit www.learnplaylaugh.com or www.azgripnrip.com.