Is it worth taking lessons from a PGA professional? The answer is YES.
The truth is all golfers would benefit from taking lessons. Whether you are just beginning to play or have been playing for years golf lessons will improve your game. The best players in the world have coaches. Why? Because you can always get better and learn something new about playing the game.
There are many reasons it might be time for you to try a golf lesson with a PGA Professional…
- You’re just starting out and don’t know much about the game.
- You’re struggling with your game, or perhaps a specific area of your game.
- You’re looking for more consistency in your game.
- You’re playing in a tournament or corporate event and you need to tune up your game.
Whatever you want to accomplish in your game, lessons with a PGA pro will get you there quicker and easier than you can on your own.
Still hesitant about taking a lesson?
Here are some recommendations about getting started…
If you are just beginning to play golf consider taking group lessons.
- Many golf courses offer group lessons, particularly in the spring.
- You should also consider local colleges that offer adult enrichment courses. Golf is often a class choice both in the fall and spring.
- Find a recreational program in your area where golf is offered.
- Another option is to get a group of friends, family or co-workers together to take group lessons. I have taught many group clinics where a group has approached me to set up lessons. You don’t need a large group.
- Or just grab your spouse, significant other, a friend or family member and set up a lesson for two.
The benefit of group lessons or taking a lesson with someone else is that you can try hitting balls, swinging the club, learning some mechanics without all of the attention being focused on you. You can ease your way into the game. Plus most of the people in these groups are probably just starting out too, so you can all help one another feel at ease and encourage each other so you will build confidence. Group lessons also tend to be a bit more on the social side. The group atmosphere enables participants to relax and get the most out of the instruction.
For others individual lessons are the way to go. Some reasons it’s time to see an expert include:
- You’ve been playing for years but are struggling with consistency.
- You need to work on a particular area of your game that is giving you trouble.
- You’ve recently taken up the game but you’ve hit a plateau and aren’t progressing.
- You’re just starting out but you want to learn the game and progress quickly.
Individual lessons will be focused on the areas you need to develop and improve. The lesson should be tailored to your exact needs. Individual lessons offer more flexibility in how your time is spent, where the lesson is conducted (driving range, putting green, out on the course), length of time the lesson lasts as well as finding time that fits your schedule.
Before you jump in, do a little research on the pro.
Find out the golf professional’s teaching philosophy.
- Does he or she only teach one technique for swinging the club?
- Does he or she teach their “way” of playing golf or do they tailor the lesson to the student’s goals?
- Are you comfortable with the approach the pro takes?
I am currently teaching someone who was very reluctant to take lessons because he was afraid a golf pro would want to change his swing. He was pleasantly surprised to hear that I don’t believe in changing someone’s natural swing. We’ve tweaked some mechanics and now he is hitting the ball longer and more consistently.
I believe that teaching a beginner is a lot different than instructing someone who has been playing for years. There are individuals that want to start from scratch and build their game from the ground up. Then there are golfers that have spent years developing a game they are comfortable with and would like to become more consistent with what they have.
As an instructor I need to know what my student wants out of their game. Then it is my job to provide the best coaching to help them achieve their desired goals. There is no “one size fits all”.
Get to know the pro a little before setting up that first lesson.
- Go into the pro shop and chat. If there is more than one professional on staff who gives lessons, you will find that a few conversations will steer you towards the person who will be the best fit for you.
- Talk to some of the golf professional’s students to get an idea of his or her personality and how he or she teaches.
- Go to the driving range and casually watch a lesson. Try not to be too obvious about this because it may be distracting to the golfer taking the lesson. But if it bothers the pro…find someone else.
You have to find the right fit for you and your game. Spending a little time to do that up front will result in a better experience once you start your lessons.
If you need assistance or have any questions about finding a golf instructor feel free to contact me for some guidance.
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