The game of golf can be challenging. There are many people who have played for 5-10 years who still take lessons. There are online lessons, group lessons, and private lessons. For the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on group and private lessons.
Group lessons are often a good, cheap method to learn the game. The average cost will be around $30-60 per session. The amount of students brings the cost down of providing the instructor. This is by far the greatest benefit of the group lesson. The trouble with the class is that you will be limited to the amount of individual instruction. If you’re a faster learner than the average new golfer, than you will most likely learn less.
In a private lesson, you will have far more individual attention. If you’ve already tried golfing, you may have specific requests for tips. You may be interested in correcting specific problems. In this case, a private lesson will be far more advantageous for you.
Some may not like the higher cost of a private session, and there’s no denying that they can be expensive. However, cost should not be the factor. You should first consider value. A private lesson may cost 40% more, but you may learn 80% more. In this case, you should definitely sign up for the private lesson.
The pricing for private lessons varies widely based on where you find them. A private lesson off of Craigslist can be $20/hour plus green fees while a private lesson run by the club can run upwards of $120/hour. It would be wise to first call around to all of the local golf courses and get their rates prior to going with the first course that you call.
If you find your private instructor off of Craigslist, ask if he’s certified. If so, ask what organizations he is certified by. Also, find out how long he has been teaching lessons for. There is a big difference between knowing how to play and knowing how to teach. Find a teacher who has lots of experience.
Getting started with golf can be intimidating. It is good to find a teacher who is patient, understanding, and will help you increase your confidence. Most experienced teachers have gained a level of patience and are often a better instructor for newbies.
When signing up for lessons, we recommend always signing up for 4-6 lessons. In order to improve, you will need to make a serious commitment to the game and one lesson, simply isn’t enough. There are several ways to learn golf, but the most effective way is by hiring a private golf instructor.
by Ron Darien