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Your golf instruction experience?
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October 30, 2014
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Curious to hear from members about their golf lesson experience.

First, do you or have you worked with a golf coach?

Can you share what you liked and did not like about lessons or programs you were involved in.

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October 30, 2014
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Curious to hear from members about their golf lesson experience.

First, do you or have you worked with a golf coach?

Can you share what you liked and did not like about lessons or programs you were involved in.

I did a couple of lessons with this guy a few years back. Didn't do much for me. He was terrible.

Oh wait, that was you. Never mind... Kiss

I've never really explored it seriously (maybe I should have). I usually find myself looking for "quick fixes" in any number of things I might read or watch. I really don't play or practice enough now to justify the investment.

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I'm beyond help.   Had some lessons many years ago and got so ticked off as the instructor wanted to change everything and not just help me with where I wanted the help.  Never went back.   Had some short lessons from another instructor a few years ago and the terms he was using meant nothing to me.  Having taught other things myself for many years some of these instructors just can't bring themselves down off their high horse and not all of us are physically capable of having the PERFECT swing.   Just like with teaching people the rules of golf you have to learn what the student already knows.  Not an easy job.

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Curious to hear from members about their golf lesson experience.

First, do you or have you worked with a golf coach?

Can you share what you liked and did not like about lessons or programs you were involved in.

I did a couple of lessons with this guy a few years back. Didn't do much for me. He was terrible.

Oh wait, that was you. Never mind... Kiss

I've never really explored it seriously (maybe I should have). I usually find myself looking for "quick fixes" in any number of things I might read or watch. I really don't play or practice enough now to justify the investment.

haha Rich.  Learning takes commitment from both student and teacher Kiss

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I'm beyond help.   Had some lessons many years ago and got so ticked off as the instructor wanted to change everything and not just help me with where I wanted the help.  Never went back.   Had some short lessons from another instructor a few years ago and the terms he was using meant nothing to me.  Having taught other things myself for many years some of these instructors just can't bring themselves down off their high horse and not all of us are physically capable of having the PERFECT swing.   Just like with teaching people the rules of golf you have to learn what the student already knows.  Not an easy job.

Interesting feedback Gerry. Sounds like you didn't find a teacher that was a right fit for you or made the adjustment to coach in a style that suited you as a student in order to be effective.

IMO nobody should be chasing a "perfect swing", it really does not exist.  Functional is a great start and optimal is about as good as it gets. 

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October 31, 2014
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I would love to have a teacher but the time commitment can be hard,  I have had 2 lessons my entire life and both times I took very little away from it.  Now being that I have played many sports and coached in a few of those I have been pretty good at teaching myself this game.   I will usually take video of myself a few times a year and that will quickly work out the kinks in my swing (use to use video when I coached basketball for the kids)

But I agree that it might take the right coach to change that, like most I feel that the ones I have taken I was told I needed to overhaul my swing, one went as far as to try an get me to swing like Tiger, when my body and swing resembles a slightly larger, long swinging lefty that has also been mildly successful at this game.

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I would love to have a teacher but the time commitment can be hard,  I have had 2 lessons my entire life and both times I took very little away from it.  Now being that I have played many sports and coached in a few of those I have been pretty good at teaching myself this game.   I will usually take video of myself a few times a year and that will quickly work out the kinks in my swing (use to use video when I coached basketball for the kids)

But I agree that it might take the right coach to change that, like most I feel that the ones I have taken I was told I needed to overhaul my swing, one went as far as to try an get me to swing like Tiger, when my body and swing resembles a slightly larger, long swinging lefty that has also been mildly successful at this game.

We can certainly learn a lot through self discovery Chris...a teacher should be able to guide you through that on a more meaningful and faster path.

Just remember...video is 2 dimensional, we live in a 3d world.  It does not necessarily see (or measure) what is actually happening. 

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December 17, 2014
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I've only ever had one lesson (Xmas gift a few years ago). I'd love to do it regularly; one day. My experience (can't remember his name atm, but was from Tazmania if I remember correctly...works at Kevin Haime's) was great. I went in all excited for my first lesson looking to fix my terrible driving. He asked me what my biggest weaknesses were and I said driving and putting. I said I rarely hit fairways and 3putt multiple times every round. He jumped on the 3 putting and we went off to the practise area. He watched me putt for a dozen or so shots and then went to work. I won't go into specifics, but I will say within a week of that lesson I went from being 'happy' with only two 3putts and anything under 34 putts per round to being highly annoyed with any 3putts and not making any over 8ft. Was a great experience and really helped a lot.

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I've only ever had one lesson (Xmas gift a few years ago). I'd love to do it regularly; one day. My experience (can't remember his name atm, but was from Tazmania if I remember correctly...works at Kevin Haime's) was great. I went in all excited for my first lesson looking to fix my terrible driving. He asked me what my biggest weaknesses were and I said driving and putting. I said I rarely hit fairways and 3putt multiple times every round. He jumped on the 3 putting and we went off to the practise area. He watched me putt for a dozen or so shots and then went to work. I won't go into specifics, but I will say within a week of that lesson I went from being 'happy' with only two 3putts and anything under 34 putts per round to being highly annoyed with any 3putts and not making any over 8ft. Was a great experience and really helped a lot.

That would be Adam Holden. 

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Currently getting instruction at Golftec. I was tired of not being able to consistently hit the ball from one round to the next. I started with them in early September and have not regretted it. I've come a long way with my swing. When I started I was at 16 handicap and int the month and a half of handicap season dropped to 13.1,  I'm addicted to this game and only want to get better.

  It's not the cheapest but the results are what matters for me. I find its value worth more than pounding balls at the range trying to fix a swing or duplicate something I saw on golfchannel lessons. lol   At least with the instruction I can see through video and work on the correct mechanics of the swing.                                                   

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