Danny’s Blog- Do lessons work?

Do lessons work?

and 

Does modern equipment make much difference?

Here we go again, these months really are going by fast, it’ll be Christmas again soon! 

You may be aware that golf as a sport is struggling! New comers to the game are falling, despite the game being easier to access and as affordable as it has ever been! I intend to run beginner and improvement  classes in the coming months, so if you have relatives, friend or work colleagues that are thinking of taking up the game, please keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming dates on the website and social media.


So, this months topic covers two very common questions we get asked here in the shop.

Do lessons work?

and

Does this modern equipment make much difference?

The answer to the first question is, well yes. If you can find a good coach and you are able to “listen” and work on the things you’ve been told, the trouble is there so much information on the Internet now, videos and various sites offering you the secret to better golf.  

It’s very easy to get yourself in a right mess, trying to improve the wrong thing! Some of the things online are so confusing and to be honest “ridiculous “.  I don’t even understand some of the information being thrown around.

 

“I’ve always believed to be a good coach you have to be a good communicator”

Listen to Butch Harmon or the great John Jacobs (RIP) and you’ll know what I mean. They speak in a way that even my Granny can understand.

Below is a quote I lifted from a Facebook page group I’m a member off. 

“Bad trail elbow flexion/extension rates  and lead wrist radial/Ulnar movements tend to be the biggest causes of golfers hitting the ground behind the ball.”

I know I’m a not the smartest guy, but seriously!! It’s language like that that scare golfers away from taking lessons.

 I find it all rather worrying, now I promise you I won’t use language like that in a lesson. It’s massively important to me that my pupil understands why they hit a poor shot, and what they need to do to improve it and how they are going to do that. Whether it’s doing simple exercises at home or hitting balls at a range, which again is pupil dependent.


So anyway I’ll get off my soap box and get back to the original questions.

Do lessons really work?

Well if you take a look at last months medal winners and their crazy scores (a nett 58, and three 64’s), they have all had a lesson or taking lessons and reaping the rewards.

To answer my second question, does modern equipment make a difference? Two of the guys mentioned above have recently bought new equipment from Neil and myself following our advice! So I think we can safely say YES, equipment can make a difference and YES lessons can and do WORK.

That’s enough for now, please let me know what you think of my ramblings and any topics you would like me to cover.

Let’s hope the warmer weather is not too far away.

 

Danny

Danny Harris
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Danny’s Blog- The Start of Another Golfing Year

ANOTHER YEAR OF GOLF 


Happy New Years

Happy New year everyone, may you have many pars and birdies this coming year! Thank you for kind feed back from my first effort, please feel free to ask some questions or give me a subject you would like me to cover.

So we are at the start of a new golfing year, hopefully you’ll be thinking about improving your game, lowering your handicap or maybe improving a certain aspect of your game.

Now it always baffles me, these next 3 months should be the busiest time for me, however I always get told two similar quotes, “I’ll sort some lessons out when the weather improves” or a particular favourite of mine, I’ll get my game in order and start hitting it a bit better, then I’ll come and see you for some lessons” REALLY!!!

Would it not be better to work on your game now so when the weather warms up, your all ready to go, or see me for a course of lessons so you have something constructive to practice, rather than doing all that practice ingraining the fault or working on the wrong thing so mine and your job is much harder to get things back on track.


NO Excuses

With the new teaching bays at Wellow, or the fact that I do evening sessions at chandlers ford range, there really isn’t an excuse to not get things improving now! That way you can enjoy your summer golf as it will all be sorted by then, and I can get out and play some golf! Lol.


Junior Golf

Lastly a quick congratulations to Zak Leigh who won the years first trophy, The New Years Cup, with an impressive 39 points, closely followed by this years Vice-Captain Michael Hillman.


WHATS NEXT ? – Chipping and Pitching

IMG_2753- Three ways to play a chip shot. Click and watch.

My next blog will include a few more pictures and video and I’ll get into some technical stuff! If there is anything in particular you would like me to cover please feel free to contact me.

All the best

 

 

Danny

Danny Harris
PGA Golf Professional
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Well here goes nothing, I’ve been wanting to write a monthly blog for some time now and with the new website launched now seems to be the moment of truth!

At this time I’m  not exactly sure of the direction it will take over the coming months, I’ll just ramble on as I normally do and at some stage hopefully it will all come together.

What I wanted to start with is to try and dispel a few myths about having lessons! Quite often people will say to me, “my mate is thinking of having lessons but he doesn’t want to change his grip! Or he doesn’t want you to muck his game up, he hasn’t got time to practice”, or a particular favourite of mine, “he’s happy with his swing but he keeps slicing it!”

So the way I see it is, when a customer comes for a lesson with me, he or she is paying me for my expertise. I am working for that person for the next 30 minutes or whatever it is! My job is to get the correct information from that person so that I can help them, making them a better player. I’m not in the business of ruining people’s games. As a very old star teacher once said, “if you can’t make him or her better, bloody well make sure you don’t make them worse”

To me there are 2 types of golfers and 2 types of lessons.

Type 1; The regular golfer who is pretty happy with there game, but need a particular problem solved, whether it’s a shank, thin, top, can’t chip or something along those lines. This is generally a one off lesson for a quick fix! I’m not going to start changing things for the sake of changing, or to make it look pretty! I may well fix the fault with another fault to balance up the motion, I see the swing as a set of scales, along as things balance out and repeat then that’s fine. The swing doesn’t have to look good as long as its repeatable. If it’s a fade, slice, draw or hook, if you can repeat it then that’s all we are ever trying to do. Remember you put a score/number on your card not a description!

Type 2; The worker! The golfer who wants to improve, someone who is willing to put a little time in to gets things  better, wether through practice or simple exercises done at home. Generally this will involve a few lessons over a period of time, moving onto the next thing when they are ready. A slower process but a long term fix/improvement.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching both types, fixing a problem quickly is a great! As is building a player and his technique. I’m lucky enough to have taught many people from many walks of life and various abilities, from juniors, England players, fellow professionals, Asian gold medal winners, lady county players, beginner ladies, 90 years olds and everyone else in between. I can honestly say when I’m on the practice ground with a customer I’m a happy man.

So I think I’ve rambled on long enough, on that point if you have anything you wish me to discuss (golf swing related or equipment wise! I’m no agony aunt!!) please drop me an email or contact me via the shop or the various social media outlets and I’ll endeavour to answer your questions through this blog.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a great Christmas and a Happy new year, and thank you all for your kind support.

All the very best.

Danny

Danny Harris
PGA Golf Professional
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