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Don't Take Those Golf Lessons

I can understand why so many golfers are disenchanted with golf instruction, and rightly so—you take lessons but you don't improve. I hate to say it, but this may be as much your fault as it is due to poor instruction. Here are three possible reasons: 1) you didn't practice properly, 2) you didn't practice enough, 3) you didn't make an effort to find a good instructor—yes, getting poor instruction is on you for not properly vetting your instructor!

If you do decide to take lessons, be sure you understand what it takes to improve (for starters, see Muscle Memory). If you're wanting to become a better golfer, then make an effort to find the best instructor. Look for an instructor who has made a serious effort to learn how, and what, to teach. Ask your potential instructor what they've done to develop an understanding of the variety of ways to swing a club. Also ask what they've done to learn how to teach those golf swings.

Another problem you may have is that you expect instant results from your golf instruction. You don't stand a chance if you think you're going to get significant results within a week, or even a month! Of course, golf instructors will try to give you what you want—instant results—which only encourages them to rely on short term Band-aid Golf Instruction, which is possibly a good choice for a tournament you'll be playing in a few days, but ultimately does nothing to improve your golf swing.

From my perspective as a Teaching Professional, if you aren't going to do it right, and by this I mean practicing properly and making sure you have at least a competent instructor, then don't take lessons—you'll only be wasting your time and money!

 

Casey Eberting Golf Instruction
Tulsa / Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

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