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Hiring a Golf Pro
Many would say that golf is a sport that ought to be enjoyed for
its own sake and that a measure such as hiring a pro to instruct you
the sport defeats the purpose of the game as leisure and amusement.
But while in the United States alone over 26 million men and women
play golf, most of them rarely or ever get to break a score of 100.
Many complain not just over a game less than exemplary but also of
body aches and pains after playing.
Mastering the sport by playing on one's own may work for some
people, but perhaps not as efficiently as acquiring someone more
knowledgeable, like a coach, to assist you. Besides, getting to be
good at golf AND enjoying it at the same time can only multiply the
fun the game already brings you.
The decision to get a golf coach is about as significant as choosing
your golf equipment. You would want to understand what your goals
are, to what extent you're willing to pursue those and how much
money you can put into the game. Here are some things you may want
to know about getting a pro to instruct you.
- A big advantage in hiring a golf pro is that your exact weaknesses
are addressed. Having identified these, your coach will be qualified
to prescribe exercises to correct these and see to it that you're
doing it right.
- A golf pro ought to also be able to help you take away some nasty
playing habits that result to painful injuries such as golfer elbow.
He/she ought to also be able to conduct you by way of a warm-up
routine. This is by far the biggest advantage as the help you get
goes beyond mere play and helps to relieve pains you might not have
to live with at all.
- Talk to the prospective coach on their take in playing and
teaching golf. A pro worth his salt should eagerly tell you that
they would work on the basics of golf and not go using the latest
fads and quick-fix methods. A reply such as the latter may get you
faster results. But more frequently than not, as soon as you stop
working with them, your performance dwindles back to what you were
previously. The tried and tested fundamentals may take a while to
learn but the results are more long-lasting.
- The average rate for a one-on-one lesson using a golf pro is about
$75 for an hour's lesson. Of course, the cost can vary with the pro
you'll be working with and because of the golf club or school you'll
be taking your lessons at.
- If the rates for an exclusive one-on-one lesson are too
high-priced for you, you may opt to go with a group of other golfers
to divide the expenses. However, try to go with a class that is no
larger than 4 students to a coach. That way, you get as much help as
a one-on-one session without spending too much. A one-hour group
lesson for 4 people would cost about $120.
- Something you should also bear in mind when working with a pro is
going for quality rather than quantity. After all, this is the
reason you hired them in the first place. With a small number of
lessons, go for the goal of being excellent at a few techniques than
knowing so many but being unable to accomplish them properly.
- A professional coach will teach you things you can ultimately do
on your own even without his/her supervision. The idea, after all,
is so that you can play an improved game on your own. That includes
not only the playing proper but also your warm-up and stretching
routine as well.
- Finally, even after your lessons and (hopefully) improvements in
your game, it is still a good thing to come back to your coach at
least once a year for him/her to check up your game and see if there
are things you should work on again. There's always space for
improvement, so as long as you can play you might as well play