Joe Snyder stood poised, a golf club in his hands, as he stared down at the ball that sat on a driving range mat.
In a quick movement, Snyder began his backswing, the club rising above his head as he began to follow through. At the sound of the club hitting the ball, a video camera was triggered to record the previous few seconds and the rest of Snyder's swing.
As the ball flew into the net, Snyder held his pose for a few seconds, the club slung over his left shoulder.
"That's what everyone remembers," Snyder said, "The finish."
It might seem like a scene from a driving range or a golf course, but it was actually just another day in the golf-course management classroom at YTI Career Institute in Springettsbury Township.
The classroom is the typical layout of any given classroom. Along a wall sits a bank of computers, but across the room, there's a mock golf shop. In between, there's a putting green, complete with elevation changes that provide some tricky breaks.
YTI recently had the synthetic putting green, complete with fringes to practice chipping, installed.
Jeff Glatfelter, the golf-course management program director, said the new facility allows students to learn how to teach the game of golf hands on and on site. The green receives a few double-takes from people walking down the hall.
"It kind of catches your eye as you walk past the door," Glatfelter said.
The course teaches students exactly how a golf course is run, from taking tee times to teaching the game, and from club repair to maintaining the grounds.
The video of Snyder's swing was cued up on a computer monitor with a split screen along side a video of Tiger Woods teeing off.
Scott Yeakle, a golf-course management teacher, and students, including Snyder, analyzed the two swings and picked out what Snyder was doing right and what he was doing wrong.
The computer program contains more than 200 clips of professional male and female golfers which can be "drawn on" electronically to point out where a golfer should have their arms and club while taking a swing.
The video gave Snyder a rare glance at what his swing looks like and has helped him improve his game.
"You have a nice, full finish," said Yeakle, "You're just late with it."