Golf Lessons for Beginners Learning Golf

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Golf lessons for beginners aren’t cheap. You need to compress as much as you can from golf instructor in the session you spend with him. Here are some general tips, questions and answers which can help you get the most benefit from your golf instructions.

1. How do I find the best golf instructors or golf lessons for beginners?

The best way is to ask for a recommendation from a friend whose opinion you trust. If you can’t do this, try asking at your local golf club or golf shop. Look in the Yellow Pages or buy DVD classes from Amazon after you read the customer reviews.

2. How much does golf lesson cost?

Fees run around $40-$50 an hour. Some places are more expensive, where they charge around $100 an hour. This varies from pro to pro. If price really matters to you, buying a DVD course or online course maybe a better option for you.

3. Should I get my clubs custom fitted before going for my golf lessons?

Views here are divided here. For the novice golfer the answer is probably no. Wait until you have developed a consistent swing before looking at custom fitting. However, ask your golf instructor, he’s opinion should be more accurate then go with his advice.

In any case, you should get your clubs re-gripped, especially if you are using hand-me-downs or second-hand clubs. Having the correct sized grips facilitates holding the club firmly. A persistent slice or hook can be repaired cured once the grips are fixed.

4. Do I need to tip my golf instructor?

That depends – how much did you get out of your golf lessons? One thing to keep in mind is that most pros only take home 50% to 70% of what you pay them. The rest goes to the golf course or school. Therefore, they are much like  waiters.

5. Should I get golf swing instructions A) from a pro; or B) from a certified golf instructor?

In theory, the certified golf instructor is trained to teach golf swing lessons, while the pro is someone who knows how to play very well too. However, see the answer to question #1 – in practice, who minds whether your golf instructor is certified or not as long as he can instruct you well!

6. How many golf lessons do I need?

That really depends on how quickly you learn. More importantly, if you have the option, try to break up your lessons – once per month should give you enough time to practice in between on your own.

After you complete your beginner’s lessons, you should consider setting up extra follow up lessons. There are two core motives for this:

  • Many week-end golfers are inclined to pick up bad golf habits over time. Their golf swing techniques slowly develop mistakes and they begin to play worse. Follow-up lessons will help you to hold the slide in your game.
  • For those who manage to practice, you’ll find your ability hitting a plateau. Follow-up lessons will allow your golf instructor to teach you extra skills, like hitting a fade or draw, and how to control the spin of your ball. All of these will give you improved accuracy in your swing.