(read the whole post, the best part is at the end)
I have seen it all. Golf Channel lessons, golf video lessons, golf publication lessons…I have taken lessons, given lessons, seen lessons given by pro and rank amateur alike and I have come to a conclusion.
Golf lessons are not being done correctly.
They are too long, too technical, too complicated, too verbose, too general* and most especially, too directed at fixing EVERYTHING that is wrong today…or even worse, a band aid that might help tomorrow, but cause permanent problems.
*(when I said too general, I meant that everyone gets the same exact info on how to conform their swing to what is supposed to be perfect swing mechanics)
Golf lessons need to be about improving each individual’s golf game for the long term and not all at once or a random tip to possibly play decent tomorrow. In other words, the object of golf lessons is to make the game more simple, so the person getting the lessons has a lower handicap 6 months from now.
That is key. It’s a two steps forward, one step back process. Getting better at golf is about understanding that some days are bad, but you are moving toward your goal of being better in the long term and not fall into the trap of short term quick fixes that make you worse in the long run.
You repair the issues that are getting in the way, later the lessons become about maintaining all the good things going on and making sure none of the bad things return.
My simple system entails three steps.
1. A constant reminder of all that is going well with the swing, including rhythm and balance so those issues remain the base for development.
2. A constant maintenance of proper balance and posture at the setup position.
3. One swing thought to work on at a time. This one thing may be repetitive as falling back into bad habits is common in golf…but there is never more than one swing thought to be practiced at a time.
Go out and take some videos of your swing now(one from head on and one from behind), because in the next few weeks I am launching a website that will accomplish all of these things in an inexpensive and convenient manner. You load your videos on the site and I will give you a personalized golf lesson.
$25 for one lesson, $100 for a series of 5 lessons or $200 for a series of 11 lessons is far below market value, but is about what a golf lessons should cost. Instead of sitting on the range for an hour being told multiple issues that are wrong with each swing you make, you will spend a few minutes filming your swing from two angles at the range, in your back yard with a plastic ball, or even in your living room hitting a wadded up piece of paper acting as a golf ball (it must be a swing at an object because practice swings are misleading). Preferably with a digital camera, but a cell phone camera will work too.
Having a golf swing that holds up under pressure for 18 holes is about simplifying it and doing all the right things automatically. Getting to this point is much easier if you make the fundamentals that will work with your swing automatically one step at a time. How can you make 5,10 or even 15 swing thoughts part of your swing when you can’t possibly repeat all of them at the same time?
It will also be a great way for people who live in areas where golf is not played 12 months a year to keep sharp during the winter.
I got this idea because over the past year, and especially since I have been writing this blog, I have gotten hundreds of requests for me to become an instructor.
The exciting part of this is it will all be personalized for each individual.
Once the site is up I am going to become a site sponsor for both the GEA and Golfwrx.
On top of that I want to run two promotions on the site.
Each month I am going to draw one student at random and travel to wherever they are (in the United States) on my own dollar and give them a free lesson in person for a few hours or play a round of golf with them.
Also, after the site has been online for a year, I am thinking of taking the three most active students and the four of us go play Torrey Pines South and I’ll pick up the tab.
It is my goal to make everyone a better golfer by making it easier and more fun.
(The web designers tell me it will be done very soon)