Before you get too far into the season, you might want to give your local pros a shout, starting with Connecticut State Golf Association Hall of Famer, and Sterling Farms Golf Course Director of Golf, Angela Aulenti, PGA/LPGA (how’s that for a mouthful!?).
Angela is a busy woman, but my impression is that you, the customer, are No. 1 to her. I have seen a few pros in my day, and must say she invests a lot of money and effort in what is provided at Sterling Farms, in terms of golf representation, by a PGA (and LPGA) pro.
She is not only a club pro, but she has played on the LPGA Tour too. If you have never met a real touring pro in person, you’ve got one on-property in Angela Aulenti.
Angela has a big staff, a pro shop, two fitting studios, clinics and instructional commitments galore, etc.
Right now is prime time for her, and her team, meaning they are super-busy, but they seem to find time for everybody, so don’t be shy. (Even I can get the ‘time of day’ from some of them, if I ask nicely 🙂
Angela is literally a living legend out here! Really. I am unable to do her justice in this first writing, but what I have learned thus far, is that she is the first female head pro ever to have earned that distinction in the State of Connecticut (there are more women head pros now, but she is a leader in that regard).
Can you imagine how hard she had to work to break ranks and succeed in a man’s world? I’d bet my bottom dollar she is a tough bird, has the moxie, the mettle, and the chops to improve your game! She’s likely a real game changer!
Aulenti Fitting Studio
Down at the driving range you’ll find a barn with her name on the side of it: the Aulenti Fitting Studio. This place is cool! Gleaming shafts, irons and woods, all hanging on the wall like crown jewels. A thing of beauty.
Angela has got it all. Golfers, who go to her (or her PGA teaching staff) get to hit shots out her studio onto the range, not into a static projector screen. That’s a major bonus, compared to a Golf Galaxy or Dick’s Sporting Goods-type operation, because you are replicating a real-life playing scenario, with actual ball flight in tandem with the microwave radar technology that captures what is going on when the club meets the ball and beyond.
If you’ve never tried it, you ought to, as it’s pretty cool, and you might learn a thing or two, perhaps even switch out some clubs, or your whole bag for that matter.
The basic cost for a fitting is $150; or $125 if you buy clubs..
There are a lot of swing aids, launch monitors, and gizmos out there, but Angela deserves credit where credit is due: she invests in her trade, and uses the very-expensive, $25k-expensive, Trackman 4 launch monitor.
She’s also invested big time into pretty much everything else. She’s got high speed cameras, and dedicated solutions that focus solely on the short game side of golf, where the rubber meets the road. Yes, you really can do something to improve how well you score, using high tech gear, but it’s who is interpreting that data, and how they explain and adapt it to your own circumstances, that is the justifiable value proposition for why you go to Angela and her fellow PGA golf professionals.
Think about it: They do this 10-12 hours a day, six to seven days a week, during the high season! Of course they’re good. So, you get putting and short-game tech combined with expert data acquisition, by way of a variety of sensor technologies—even a dedicated putter fitting studio—and interpretation and transliteration of said data into something usable on the golf course. Not bad for farmhouse golf!
You may have seen those good-looking, smart, well-dressed guys hanging around the Pro Shop. You know, the ones who just look like they ought to be on the PGA Tour. Those are probably PGA professionals Kent Smith, Keith Handler, and/or Chris LaPolice.
They, sans immediate availability from Angela herself, are your Sterling Farms go-to pros for everything from fitting the heavy artillery, gapping your wedges, working out the irons, and tweaking that fabulous swing of yours, to showing you how to work magic with the scoring clubs: your flat blade, and everything else you need around the greens. (Think Justin Rose at Pebble Beach,during this year’s opening round at the U.S. Open: the man got up and down a zillion times! It was his iron-shot arrivals that killed him.) Your short game is everything.
Keith Handler, PGA
Keith Handler, PGA, Angela’s First Assistant Golf Professional is a veritable short game specialist who, at one point early in his career, participated in over 21 case studies focusing on putting research! Holy cow! He was 12 when he first started working in golf, and has never looked back, and is one of the 250 AimPoint-Certified Green-Reading Instructors in the world who have mastered that interesting system. What, you ask, is AimPoint?
AimPoint is a green-reading system that helps you determine the direction and precise amount of break for any putt!
When you think about it: putting is literally half the game with 36 of 72 strokes allotted on a par 72 golf course for putts. Half!
With AimPoint you are using your feet to sense the break, and more. It can’t hurt so
So, before you get too far into your golf season, while it’s early, why not check in with your local pros, at the Sterling Farms Golf Shop. You might be glad you did….
These Guys (and Gals) Are Good!
You can't go wrong visiting your local PGA golf professionals under the dominion of Angela Aulenti. Her Aulenti Fitting Studio features a best-in-class Trackman 4 launch monitor, and more tech than you can shake a stick at! Angela, Keith, Kent, and Chris are great people. You'll love 'em!
From the desk of Paul grillo, executive director, Stamford Golf Authority
Welcome to Sterling Farms Golfer. Over the past five decades, Sterling Farms has evolved into one of the premiere golf destinations anywhere in the region. We continually strive to maintain, if not exceed, that distinction, and know we owe it all to our Stamford families, friends and neighbors, as well as our patrons like you. Now is the best time of the year to play our spectacular 18 hole championship golf course. Our Golf Course Superintendent, Mike Golden, and his whole team, are leaders in the world of greenkeeping, and we are very proud of the quality of their hard work. I think you'll find our putting greens, fairways, tees, roughs—and every landscape feature here—reflects their devotion and hard work. It is spectacular. Sterling Farms is home to the area's top driving range facility. You won't find a better value, or level of quality, anywhere! We take great pride and joy serving you, and our local community. On behalf of all of us here at Sterling Farms, welcome and thank you!