This is a tough topic to write about because there are so many things to take into consideration. So if I overlook a point or two please feel free to add them via the comments section at the bottom of this article.
The benefits of taking lessons to learn and improve your golf game are many. Regardless of where you are in your golf life, how long you’ve played or how good you THINK you are, there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Why do you think the pros on both the men’s and women’s tours have coaches??
Where to start?
For beginners to the game of golf, there is nothing better than to enlist the help of a qualified golf instructor. I highly recommend looking for Certified PGA and LPGA Teaching Pros. Well-meaning spouses and significant others should be AVOIDED at all costs for the sake of preserving your personal relationship. Don’t be afraid to ask friends, family or co-workers for input as to which golf pro to seek out but remember the ultimate goal is to find someone that YOU can relate to and that can relate to YOU and YOUR needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and go with your ‘gut’ as to how you feel about their approach to helping you get comfortable. Feel free to ‘shop around’ until you find the pro for you.
Almost every club and practice facility offers group and individual lessons. Pricing is determined by the facility and/or the golf professional. If your budget is tight (and whose isn’t in today’s world) group lessons are not only more affordable but they also allow you to learn with a friend or develop new friends and practice partners. Group lessons/golf clinics can be fun and keep you interested at a very comfortable pace and price.
Whether you go it alone or with a group or a combination of both getting the basics down is critical to getting off on the right foot, so to speak. Establishing practice times outside of the lessons are needed as well. This is better done at a practice range rather than a golf course, at least until you start to feel some level of confidence.