You’ve decided to take golf lessons. That’s great…it will improve your game.
But how can you see improvement as quickly as possible?
Be an active participant in the direction of your golf lesson.
Now, you are taking lessons for a reason…to get expert help and advice, which you should follow. But you know your game, so talk to the golf professional about what you need to work on. This way the professional can design your lessons around your needs and give you a customized plan to improve your game.
How do I determine what I should be working on?
Pay attention to your game. Be mindful of any areas you are struggling with when you are out on the course. You will know the weaker aspects of your game. That is what you should be focusing on during your lessons.
If you aren’t hitting the fairway you should focus on your driving. Playing from the fairway is a lot easier than from the rough or the woods. Getting the ball in play off the tee makes the game much easier.
If you aren’t hitting the green you should focus on your iron play. Hitting more greens in regulation will take the pressure off your short game and begin to lower your scores.
If you can’t make your way out of a sand trap you should focus on bunker play (as well as your short game so you won’t end up in a bunker to begin with). The ability to get the ball up and down consistently will increase your confidence. That will allow you to free up on your approach shots so you will increase the number of greens you hit in regulation. Working on your short game will make a big impact and help you shoot lower scores.
If you are consistently three (or more) putting on the green you should focus on putting. A two foot putt counts the same as a three hundred yard drive: one stroke. Struggling on the greens and taking more than two putts on the majority of your holes will raise your score dramatically. Do not overlook this area. Spending time with your instructor on the putting green is as valuable as the hours on the range. Progress made on the putting green will be time well spent to lower your scores.
Now keep in mind, what you are struggling with can and will change. That is just the nature of this game.
You could be hitting killer tee shots, and then all of a sudden you can’t find a fairway. Don’t freak out, get frustrated, or throw your driver, but definitely address the problem during your next lesson. Or it might be an indicator that you need to schedule a lesson to get back on track.
You and your instructor will have to determine if it is a simple tweak to fix the problem, an entire revamp of an area of your game, or something in between.
But you will achieve faster, better results by working with a golf professional and taking an active role in determining the areas of your game that need the most attention.
What areas of your game do you find the most challenging? What have you done to improve the weaker aspects of your game? Share your comments.