How to Make Your First Golf Lesson Worthwhile – For the Beginner

By | January 1, 2023

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There is little doubt that golf lessons from a PGA professional or an experienced and qualified Instructor will improve the swing of almost any golfer. Such lessons will also reduce the amount of time that it will take for any golfer to improve their swing Golf Lessons Nashville . To ensure such improvement however, the golfer should be serious about the game and not approach it as a onetime effort. It could be assumed, that if the golfer is willing to spend anywhere from $30 to $100 per lesson or more, that the golfer is serious. Such however is not always the case.

Armed with an honest answer, the beginner should tell the Pro/Instructor up front, why s/he wants to take this lesson. And the beginner should volunteer this information, even if the Pro/Instructor does not ask. The reason is that when the Pro/Instructor has an idea of the golfer’s goal for the lesson or for golf, the Pro/Instructor will tailor the lesson accordingly.

As an example, if your goal is simply to look like you know a little about the game, the Pro/Instructor will walk you through the entire swing from grip to follow through so that you have some basic knowledge of the game. If, on the other hand, you want eventually to become a golf Pro, the Pro/Instructor will spend considerable time on the grip and the address, the stance and posture, knowing that you will be back for your next lesson and for reinforcement of the basic but very important aspects of the swing. Whatever your reason, you will get the most from this first lesson by telling your Pro/instructor the motivation behind your lesson.

Regardless of why you are taking your first golf lesson, you will do yourself much good if you will spend $10 and buy the paperback version of Ben Hogan’s, Five Lessons, The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. If you can, read the book cover to cover, prior to your first lesson. It will take less time to read this masterpiece then it would take time to drive to and from the lesson center and spend your first hour with the instructor. You can be assured that the Pro/Instructor is well aware of Hogan’s book and there is an excellent chance that the Pro/Instructor uses it as a basis for her/his lessons. The book is that highly regarded and utilized throughout the golfing world.

This tip will save you the cost and time for at least two lessons. If you are new to the game, the Pro/Instructor will start with your grip and posture, just as Mr. Hogan does. So now that you already know how to grip a club and address the ball, the Pro/Instructor will simply be reinforcing that which you already know. The reinforcement will help cement the learning points and you have saved yourself the time and money it would have cost for you to learn these basics.

As we begin the New Year and everyone is re-evaluating the past year in all areas of their lives, one question that comes to mind is how can I get the most out of my golf lessons? Obviously you need to have a competent golf instructor. However, you do bear some of the responsibility on your progress as well. Here are five ways to get the most out of your golf lessons:

Find a qualified golf instructor to get the most out of your golf lessons. Many courses are allowing many different people to teach at their facility. You should find a PGA Member. In order to become a PGA Member this individual has been through and passed testing through the Professional Golfers Association of America. Do not be afraid to ask them before you even schedule a lesson, what their theories on teaching the game of golf are and how they came to that conclusion. If the information makes sense, is logical and you feel comfortable talking to this person, schedule a lesson. If you begin taking lessons from an instructor and do not feel you are getting it, do not be scared to let them know that you do not understand. It is their challenge to help you understand and if you still do not, then do not feel uncomfortable looking for another instructor.

Be on time and already warmed up for your golf lessons. Although this sounds simple and like common sense, you would be surprised how many students are literally running to the tee. Getting there early and having time to warm up does a couple of positive things for you. First it simply gives you the entire scheduled time with your instructor that you are paying for! Second, by being able to warm up prior to your lesson, it allows you to slow down and calm down your body as well as your mind.

Keep a golf journal or notebook about your golf lessons. Big surprise here, but the ladies are much better about this than the guys are. At the end of each lesson, take a minute for the instructor to review the information covered in the session. This way you can review the material when you come to practice on your own. You will also be able to spot tendencies over a period of time and be able to address these with your instructor.

Practice on your own in between your golf lessons. If you have not had time to practice since your last lesson, the instructor will not really be able to move on and will cover the same material. You then feel like you have had the same lesson, because you have, and wonder how come you are not improving as fast as you would like.

Use your golf lessons to cover all aspects of the game of golf with your instructor. Do not assume that you need to go to the driving range for every single session. The game has other aspects than just the full swing. You will need to learn how to putt, chip and to pitch the ball as well. If you decide that a series of lessons is the best way to go then make sure that the time is split between all areas of the game. If the instructor does not think that is a good idea, find another instructor.

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