Q. I am thinking of playing golf for the first time should I get lessons?
A. An introductory lesson is essential and will allow you to progress much quicker. An Experienced Professional will make some deductions ask some questions to determine the best way to proceed. The lesson will commence by showing you how to grip the club as this is absolutely essential to make any progress! If too much practice or play is done prior to a lesson it is more difficult to break down bad habits.
I have asked this question often.
“How many lessons have you had?”
A proud reply, states, “None”
“So what is you handicap”
“23, been that for years”
“Do you think if you had taken lessons you could have had a lower handicap?”
Q. I think I am good enough to possibly compete at a top level, which Professional should I be getting lessons from?
A. Very often it is not swing instruction that you require. You have probably amassed 10,000 hours of practice to get to what is referred to as “expert level”. You should be consulting a Professional who has actually competed on the European Tour.
Q. I have never had a lesson and I am concerned that changes will damage may game?
Experienced Professionals will not seek to make changes to your swing because of a style preference. Through discussion you will be made aware of “impact factors” – “the physical forces that effect the ball’s flight”. You will be encouraged to make changes based on this new knowledge and not the preference of a Professional.
Q. Is it worth having a lesson with a Launch Monitor like Trackman?
A. Absolutely! The Launch Monitor gives accurate data on your clubhead and the ball at impact. It will track the ball’s flight. In conjunction with your Professional you are basing any changes on facts and not assumptions!
George Finlayson Advanced P.G.A. Professional at Scotland for Golf
I will be running a series of coaching however, if you have anything specific you wish to ask me, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the contact form.