Sunday, 3 November 2013

Golf Beginners Lessons - Visit The Pro or Not?

For a beginner golfer to go to the club professional and take lessons is a big decision. You may well ask why? The truth is that it all comes down to that initial cost. Visiting a "Pro" is without doubt the absolute best thing you can do as a golfer starting out. That said, it is also a pretty hefty investment in terms of money.

Advice On Taking Beginner Lessons

I remember back to when I first started playing golf. To be honest I was staggered at the cost of taking lessons and at that time I did not have the money. On reflection, that turned out to be a really good idea. When I started a single lesson was £25. That does not sound like a great deal, but that was about 30 years ago, and back then that was a lot!

It was certainly too much for me. The other big decision I had was "did I really want to play golf?" Now again that may sound a little bit silly but I have to tell you, that I have seen many people start to play golf with great enthusiasm, only too quickly discover that it is simply not for them. Could you imagine if they had paid for 10 lessons and then discovered that?

It is similar to buying a good set of clubs and all the golfing attire when starting out. It is something no beginner should do as the cost can be heavy, and at that stage you simply do not know if golf is really something you want to play in the longer term.

My Suggestions

If you take up fishing, hunting, football or any sport or hobby, then at the beginning you are usually very enthusiastic. The question you need to ask yourself is can you maintain that enthusiasm? There is no point buying a load of expensive gear only to discover that the hobby or sport you have picked is really the one for you.

The best way to find that out is to play it for a few weeks and see if you still have that original enthusiasm. I would recommend playing a few rounds with friends, going to the driving range and knocking out a few balls and watching a few videos on how to play golf.

If after three months you are still excited about playing golf, then please invest in a few lessons with a professional. That will be an investment you will never regret.

My Lessons With The Pro

I took 6 lessons in total and I have to tell you I don't regret spending a single penny of that money. I had a lot of well meaning friends who were only to willing to share their "expert" tips on how to strike a golf ball. The reality is that well meaning friends are actually the worst people you can listen to.

The correct stance, the proper swing, the club choice, course management  etc are all very important when it comes to playing good golf off a decent handicap. You need to get the best advice on all of these elements and especially when starting out.

Never start learning to play golf with bad habits

If you are learning to drive a vehicle then you take lessons so as you can pass your test. To do that you normally go to a professional driving school. There you learn to do it properly and without developing careless or bad habits. It is exactly the same principle with golf. Learn to do all the right things properly at the start and you will never look back.

Here is one example in a video which is just about the grip,

Honestly, just one lesson that shows you the best type of grip for you, will pay for itself over and over again. Not every golfer will have an identical grip and you need to find the best one for you. A good "Pro" will show you this and spend time with you until you get it right.

From there you can move on to stance, getting the perfect swing and also buying the right clubs to suit your body type.

Ball Position For Beginners
You can see from these videos alone the type of approach that a Pro will take you through. They will focus on getting all the basics right and making sure your core golf game is in good order. My advice is take golf beginners lessons as early as you can when starting out, and when you can afford them.

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