With the improvement in technology it is now possible to learn from golf instruction videos online. However, while these may be a good way to supplement in person golf lessons, the importance of using a golf instructor should never be underestimated. The question is, what are the benefits of using a golf coach?
Arguably the main benefit of hiring a golf instructor is the one-on-one aspect of the teaching. There is nothing wrong with watching videos online or participating in a group golf lesson but they are no substitute for the personal touch. By using a golf coach all of the attention is on you. That means your stance, swing, grip, head position, ball position are all being analyzed. In a group lesson or online video this never happens.
A golf instructor will be able to analyze your game up close and develop a teaching plan which suits you. When you do something wrong, it will be spotted and rectified quickly. When you are doing something right and showing signs of improvement, this will be reinforced by the coach. Receiving feedback in terms of both constructive criticism and praise is very important in the development of a golfer. That’s why using a golf instructor is vital for continued progress.
Assignments will be set by a golf instructor which are designed to push your game to the next level. These may be long term goals or something short term which you can practice during the week prior to the next coaching session. This helps to keep you motivated and improve your game. It is something you would not do without the help of a golf coach.
However, once you have decided to use a golf instructor what should you look for when choosing one?
You want to work with a golf coach who you get along with. Having a good chemistry with the coach is very important and involves both personality and communication. There is nothing wrong with booking a session with more than one golf instructor and spending time with them to see which you prefer. Start with a single lesson and get to know each other before going any further. If you are going to improve you will need to enjoy your coaching sessions.
Think about exactly where you would like to take your golf game over the next few months or even the next year. Does the golf instructor you are going to employ have a track record of taking players to where you would like to go? In addition, does the golf coach have plenty of experience and references of previous clients? Every golf instructor took his/her first lesson at some stage in their career and they understand the process of learning.
Finally, once you have chosen a golf instructor try and stick with them. There may be a few bumps in the road which is often the case in a teacher/student relationship. Just try and remember you are both aiming for the same goal, which is to see your game improve