The Group Lesson Advantage
Group vs. Private Lessons for the New Golfer/Beginner Student
Everyone agrees that private lessons offer the advantage of
one-on-one learning, full and devoted attention to the student, and opportunities to “do more” with the
student (I.e., video taping of swing, swing analysis, specific drills, etc...). But be open and consider other possibilities to that currently exist.
In group lessons, when the lesson series is over, students have made new friends. The terrorizing idea of being paired with strangers doesn’t exist because they know people of the same skill level that they can play with.
In private instruction, once the lesson series is over,
the new or beginning golfers may never attempt to play golf on their own. Fear, embarrassment, intimidation and feeling that they’re not ready to play golf yet may keep them from ever trying. In addition, there is the lack of the social
aspect of the game. Surveys show that one of the “Top 5 Reasons” why golfers quit is because they have no one to play with.
The relationships that grow from private lessons are priceless. Moreover, there is a point in a golfer’s life that private lessons may be needed. But consider the above arguments when it pertains to making your decision.
Coaching -vs- Instructing
What is a Golf Instructor?
A golf instructor is typically an individual trained to conduct effective golf lessons and group clinics. Golf Instructors mainly concern themselves with helping golfers establish sound fundamentals (grip, stance, alignment, posture and ball position) effective swing mechanics and short game skills. They help people learn the fundamentals of the game and give them the information and feedback necessary to develop necessary core competencies to hit the ball effectively so that they can play and enjoy the sport. Golf Instructors charge hourly to teach these fundamentals and skills and advise the student on how to practice with drills and unsupervised practice sessions.
What is a Golf Coach?
A Golf Coach must be a Golf Instructor first – you can’t be a golf coach without first being trained and experienced as a golf instructor. A Golf Coach is someone who is trained to develop fundamentals and technical skills but who also is trained to teach and coach an aspiring golfer to enhance their performance – to play the game better- to put the ball into the hole as quickly as possible. Golf Coaches teach the game not just the fundamentals and the swing. They are not better or worse than pure Golf Instructors – they are different – they serve different purposes. Golf Coaches train the students to be the best they can be through ongoing coaching and supervised practice with the students individual goals in mind.
Which of these options is better for you depends on the your goals and desires. Either is an effective way to learn to play the game of golf well and have fun doing so. Competing at a high level requires a team with a central goal in mind. A team that has the skill set to address each hurdle and the ability to overcome the pitfalls along the way. There is no one path for success, however the most successful people will surround themselves with individuals with expertise and experience to make their jobs easier and give each team member the ability to focus on the task at hand keeping the ultimate goal in mind.
“Golf is a sport. You have to train like an athlete”. – Tiger Woods
Private Instruction Rates:
Individual Private Lesson: $40.00
Individual 3 Lesson Series: $100.00
Adult lessons are 40-45 minutes.
Group 2-3 Persons: $25.00
Group 4 + Persons: $10.00
Two Person 3-Lesson Series: $140.00
Group lessons are 1 hour.
Individual Private Lesson: $25.00
Individual 3 Lesson Series: $60.00
Junior lessons are 30 minutes.
Offerings for all ages:
or ideas of what might make your learning experience
more effective and fun.