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Learn about the first ever visit by a Chinese national golf team to the United States

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Team China (photos courtesy of Golfweek)

The global game of golf made great progress recently with the first ever visit by a Chinese national golf team to the United States. The trip, organized by the Chinese Golf Association, the Acushnet Company and IMG, brought 22 Chinese junior golfers, accompanied by several of their instructors, to the IMG David Leadbetter Academy in Orlando, FL for an eleven day training session.

Golfweek covered this extensive visit with a cover story in their February 25th issue and an exclusive video overview of Team China's visit, which can be found on their website ("The Future of Golf in China").

It is estimated that participation in golf in China is growing at a rate of 20 percent per year. While promising, the game faces unique challenges, especially at the junior level, including a shortage of accessible public golf courses (there are only about 230 total courses in China) and a rigid academic schedule (typical schoolweek is six days, 11 hours per day).

Aware of these challenges, the IMG instructors, in addition to focusing on swing and video analysis, ensured the team had ample time out on the course including instruction on game management and shot selection tips. The team also participated in an exhibition match featuring four of the top-ranked players in the Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index, an international friendship match that paired the Chinese players with full-time students at the Leadbetter Academy, and a day trip to Walt Disney World's MGM Studios.

There was another unique opportunity awaiting Team China before they even landed in Orlando - on the flight to the US, the team made a short stop at the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, CA where each player received swing evaluations and a custom club fitting.

To learn more about these promising young players and Team China's visit to the IMG David Leadbetter Academy, go to Golfweek's website to watch the exclusive video.

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