Hundreds of thousands of people each year get started in the game of golf. There are countless videos, books, DVDs and on line articles about learning how to golf. However, the best way to learn any sport is to go out and actually DO it, and to have someone watch you and give you feedback. If you build bad habits at the beginning, it's incredibly hard to break them later on.
Golf lessons don't need to be expensive or difficult. And they're not just for socialite millionaires. Golf lessons can truly help any beginner get off to a good start, and help forestall the frustration that comes with trying and failing on your own. It's money well spent, if your aim is to enjoy playing the game.
Here are some tips to consider as you check your yellow pages and switchboard.com for golf training in your area.
Know your Budget
You can get golf lessons for anywhere from $15/hr up through $100/hr or more. Keeping in mind that just playing a game of golf can cost $50, it's money well spent to get started with the right techniques and grip and swing. So don't skimp, but don't break the bank either.
Look at your Schedule
The ideal lesson schedule is an hour a week for a month or two. This gives you enough time to get feedback on your current flaws, to learn a new technique or two, and then to go off on your own and absorb and practice. If you space it out like this, you also ease the payment burden. Be sure to choose a time that's easy for you to get to - if you start skipping classes because they're inconvenient or showing up late, you're the one who will suffer. You'll be stressed when you are there, and won't get help regularly to help you progress smoothly.
Find a Convenient Location
This ties in with the schedule tip. If you're driving 2 hours to get there, you'll already be worn out from the drive and won't be able to learn effectively. Find somewhere that is nearby and easy to get to, so that the lesson, and not the travel, is the focus of your thoughts.
Get Reviews of the Trainer
There are many good teachers out there, but there are always some bad apples too. Be sure to talk to a student or two that has taken the course, and make sure that the trainer really can do the job.
Match Class Size with your Learning Style
This is a completely individual decision. Some people learn well in a group, where they can 'blend in' and learn by watching others. Other people really need solid, individual one on one attention and do poorly in groups. Some people like small groups, some like large groups. You should know by now how you learn best - be sure to keep it in mind. If you choose a setting you're not comfortable with, you're the one who will not get the most out of it.
Once you've settled on a golf lesson plan, be sure to then read through the articles on how to get the most from a golf lesson.
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