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Golf Schools—Are
They Worth It?

Having been a golf instructor at one of the most highly ranked golf schools in the world (back in the mid 80's to early 90's), I would like to throw in my two cents on the subject.

Do I recommend golf schools for those who want to improve their golf games? The answer is a qualified no! I say qualified because if you're willing to think about a few things beforehand, you can make a golf school adventure turn out to be something other than just a very expensive golf vacation which, unfortunately, is what most people end up with.

To maximize the benefit from golf schools, there are two main factors to consider. First and foremost, do any of the golf schools you're considering offer a follow-up program where you can continue your golf instruction? To get maximum benefit from your instruction, you will need feedback and guidance. This follow-up instruction is imperative for golf schools to be effective because you will get off track after you leave the golf school. It happens to everyone, so don't think you're immune!

The second factor is in regard to the quality of golf instruction and the material being taught at golf schools. Try to get to a golf school that has the best instructors you can find and afford. Also, be aware that many famous golf instructors don't spend much time, if any, instructing at their golf schools, but they usually will have competent people in charge—know what you're paying for before sending your deposit.

If you do decide to attend one of the many golf schools available (hopefully you have not chosen a golf school because of location or an attractive price), keep your expectations bridled—it's going to take time, practice, and continued instruction to realize significant and lasting improvement.

One last thought on golf schools—most golf schools are about herding 'em in and herding 'em out. They try to get as many customers as possible because golf schools are businesses. As with most businesses today, it's usually not about providing the best for the customer, it's about making as much money as possible, so beware!

 

Casey Eberting Golf Instruction
Houston, Texas

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