The rapid growth in golf’s popularity means there more golf instructors, which is great for anyone learning the sport. However, this means that the importance of choosing the right instructor is greater than it’s ever been.
Here are some tips if you feel you need to get some lessons to move your golf game forward.
Consider Their Credentials
You’ll want someone who knows what they’re doing, so pay close attention to their experience and qualifications. Ideally, you’ll be looking for someone with professional or semi professional experience, to make sure you get the most knowledgeable instructor.
Find An Instructor You’re Comfortable With
No matter where you are, you should find plenty of instructor options. So, you can afford to be choosy about who you work with. With that in mind, finding the right instructor might mean trying a few out, to see who you click with.
Working on your stance and your swing will require you to be relaxed and calm. You won’t benefit very much from an instructor that makes you feel tense or nervous. And with the choices available, you should find it easy to pick the right person to work with.
Ask your golfing friends for suggestions and you’ll probably get all kinds of responses, which you may like to consider. Someone who knows you well may give you the best suggestions, as they’ll have a good idea of the right kind of personality to teach you.
Different people work well with all kinds of different instruction styles, so don’t worry if you don’t ‘get’ someone a friend or colleague has recommended, just move on to someone else.
You can always ask at your local golf courses. If they have multiple golf instructors, then you can try and match your needs with the right instructor. Larger clubs, with more than one instructor, will often have people who are highly regarded for their teaching in certain areas of the game, though they should all possess the general skills required.
If you can anticipate needing a lot of work on power, or putting, then it might be worth asking who has the best reputations in these fields, for example. On the other hand, you may wish to leave these types of considerations for later in your golfing efforts.
Remember that a golf instructor can help a great deal if you are just starting the learning process, or if you have any specific needs you wish to address. Once you are at the point, where you’re fine tuning your game, you may want to consider other learning programs and methods, to build on what you have learnt.
With golf, you’ll always be learning, even if you reach the ranks of the professionals yourself. There’s no end point, so it’s really important to get the ground work right. It’ll save you time and frustration, in the long term and accelerate your growth. This is why it’s important to make the right instructor choice early on, and any time where you feel the need for specific improvement.