Do lessons work?
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?
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.
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