When and Where to Find Help for your Golf Game

Many of us have been for­tu­nate to have had some type of for­mal golf instruc­tion at some point in our lives. For me it was two years on my high school golf team. I had golfed before that but it wasn’t until high school when I was able to cre­ate a sol­id foun­da­tion for my swing and my enjoy­ment of the game increased. I have no doubt my enjoy­ment of the game increased at this time because I was able to build that sol­id foun­da­tion with the help of my coach­es.

Some amount of for­mal golf instruc­tion is high­ly ben­e­fi­cial to get­ting max­i­mum enjoy­ment from play­ing golf. Many of us can main­tain and improve our swings. How­ev­er, I feel this is only after we have a sol­id foun­da­tion. Cre­at­ing a sol­id swing from which to build on is much eas­i­er with the help of for­mal instruc­tion. But how much instruc­tion does one need? Of course that depends on the indi­vid­ual. Some golfers can come out of a thir­ty minute les­son with a fun­da­men­tal­ly cor­rect swing. Oth­ers take more time.

So when should we seek for­mal instruc­tion? You can already guess one of the times is if you are a begin­ner and not had instruc­tion before. I believe at least some type of for­mal instruc­tion is impor­tant to suc­ceed in golf if for noth­ing more than cre­at­ing a good foun­da­tion to built upon.

There are oth­er times when for­mal instruc­tion is the best thing for your game.

You com­pen­sate for a reg­u­lar slice (or hook). I’m sur­prised at how many golfers I see com­pen­sate for their con­sis­tent slice off the tee. This cuts down on the num­ber of holes you can use your dri­ver on. Some holes will sim­ply not have enough room for you to start your ball that far off the fair­way. Even on the holes that do pro­vide enough room, your chance of hit­ting the fair­way is reduced by hit­ting a slice. Find help to straight­en out your dri­ves.

You have com­pen­sat­ed for a recent injury and can­not get your pre-injury swing back. A sol­id golf swing involves almost every mus­cle group in your body. So it’s no sur­prise that there are many injuries that could affect your swing. Get help if you’re hav­ing trou­ble with your swing after recov­er­ing from an injury.

You have over-ana­lyzed, over-tin­kered with, and basi­cal­ly lost your swing. This has hap­pened to me at times. For­tu­nate­ly we can get our swing back our­selves most if not all of the time. But what if you can’t get your swing back? Find some help if you’ve made a mess of your swing and can’t get it back.

You want to quick­ly take your game to the next lev­el. Once you have a fun­da­men­tal­ly sound swing, you can make progress on your own. Tak­ing advan­tage of instruc­tion will accel­er­ate this process. Why do you think the pros have coach­es? Hire a golf coach if you want to accel­er­ate the improve­ment in your game.

There are sev­er­al places to find golf instruc­tion.

Pri­vate lessons from your local golf course pro­fes­sion­al

Almost every course has a res­i­dent golf pro­fes­sion­al. The aver­age rate for pri­vate lessons from local pros in my area is $60 per hour. You can also go in with your spouse or friend. Many pros offer group lessons at low­er rates.

A clin­ic at your local golf course

Many cours­es offer golf clin­ics through­out the sea­son. These are cheap­er alter­na­tives to pri­vate lessons. Many cours­es also offer junior clin­ics which are a great way to intro­duce chil­dren to the game of golf.

A golf school

There are sev­er­al golf schools around the coun­try that offer 2 to 5 day ses­sions. These are quite expen­sive, start­ing at around $1000, but offer a lev­el of golf instruc­tion not avail­able any­where else.

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