The golf team uses an indoor practice facility, “The Lab” – Marquette Wire

Winter weather has closed golf courses for the season, but that hasn’t stopped the Marquette Golf Team from putting their ball in the hole.

And within the Golden Eagles program, year-round exercise is important.

“It’s hard to come back and compete at the highest level of golf if you take a break. Especially since we have our spring conference season, we need to get ready for February,” said Nico Evangelio, a senior executive with the company. “We’re in a different situation because some of the teams In the South they have more opportunities than us to be on the golf courses in the winter, and we have to stress them out and be better prepared for the spring indoors.”

With the technology and space the team has within Marquette’s Sports and Human Performance Research Center, the team can work during the offseason in their season to be competitive when play resumes in February.

Built in 2019, AHPRC serves as the home for men’s and women’s lacrosse as well as golf. The team is stationed on the second floor. Before entering “The Lab,” which the team calls its practice area, visitors are greeted with Big East Conference Title trophies and a state map with golf balls showing where the team has played in previous years.

“The Lab” features a team locker and equipment room, three simulated swing practice slots, a chopping area and a putting green where players can practice various shots.

In addition, turf conditions can be altered to suit any shooting situation a team desires and green speeds can be altered by rolling out the turf.

Senior Bhoom Sima-Aree said the short game area is one of his favorite parts of the team’s indoor facilities.

“We have short, rough grass and even a simulated shelter,” said Sima Ari. “Having a variety of shots to practice with can prepare you for different situations on the course.”

Before acquiring the facility it has today, the program was formerly inside the Marquette Gym, which is located on 16th Street. Assistant coach Jess Long said that coach Steve Bailey showed him the old facilities when he was hired in 2021.

“At the old Marquette gym, there was a roll of carpet around some of the columns and a net with a mat that barely had room,” said Long. “Now we have three simulated bays, a complete putting green with ramps and bunkers and all that stuff. So it’s definitely different and a lot better.”

During the winter break, the NCAA has rules where teams can only practice together eight hours a week. However, AHPRC is open 24 hours a day for players to work individually on their games.

Long said the team’s training time together feels different in the winter.

“Four of the eight hours the NCAA gives us are spent together during the week training, so we use the other four hours to give the players a framework of what they need to do to improve, and structure their training plan so that they can put in the work individually,” Long said.

Even as the players work independently, they maintain a competitive nature.

“There will be times when the guys are here for a few hours, screaming and screaming because of a throwing competition. They find ways to make everything competitive and fun,” said Long.

Even with all the space and technology to help them out, Evangelio said it just doesn’t measure up to being outside and on a golf course.

“We can’t see the ball fly until we go and hit the balls in the dome at Valley Fields after the Christmas break. After that, we can go and hit the wedges and at least see our ball fly 90 yards,” said Evangelio.

Seema Ari said that watching the ball fly is very important to the game of golf in general.

“Seeing my ball flight gives me more confidence in the shot I’m trying to hit. If I want to get a shot on a course I’ve worked on in practice, I have 200-300 mental images of it in my practice, which allows me to execute when it counts.” Sima Ari said: “I don’t get it when I’m training indoors.”

The fall season may be over, but the team continues to work to prepare for the spring season.

Long said coaching now greatly affects the team’s performance when the season starts again in February.

“Golf is such a dynamic sport, so if you stop playing for a week or two, you fall behind, and everything gets tougher, especially as we go straight into competition in Puerto Rico when things get back to normal in February,” said Long. . “It is important for us to keep working.”

This story was written by Trevor Hilson. It can be accessed at [email protected]edu or @hilsontrevor on Twitter.

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