Month: December 2018

Do I need golf clubs to start playing golf?

The first thing that springs to mind is the dilemma of the chicken and the egg, which one comes first, golf clubs or playing golf?

Clubs are essential to play the beautiful game of golf. That question can not be challenged. However, it is advisable not to spend what can lead into thousands of pounds to see whether it’s the game for you.

The pragmatic view would be to borrow a set of clubs off a friend or share a friends clubs (which strictly speaking is not allowed on most courses but you should be fine at your local council pay and play) in return for the beers afterwards in the club house bar. See how you get on , if you enjoy playing and then make the decision on whether you want to spend the next Saturday mornings for the foreseeable future in American Golf trying out the latest Ping or Taylor made clubs.

So the game is for you and you are going to buy a set of clubs. The other option you have to buying brand new clubs, which is most definitely the most sensible, is to go down the second hand route. There are thousands of golfers on the planet that will buy new clubs, use them as little as two or three times, decide it’s the clubs that are no good rather than their golf game which would benefit from lessons not new clubs and offer the clubs on ebay or golfbidder for a fraction of their original retail price. It is madness what quality second hand gear you can pick up. Even American Golf will sell you a driver for £400 and then offer you under half price the next day if you decide to trade the clubs in.

So do you need golf clubs to start playing golf?

The answer is most definitely yes! The important question is where and how you are going to acquire them.

 

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How many golf lessons do I need?

This is somewhat an impossible question to answer. How long is a piece of string?

It really depends on how dedicated you are to improving your golf game. If you are a once a month at best golfer that enjoys the hack around and skin fall of beers afterwards in the clubhouse bar, then paying out on average £50 per hour for a lesson is really not going to make a huge amount of difference. However, if you are an aspiring low handicap golfer, constantly looking to improve and gain that competitive or a regular Saturday club competition or social golfer then lessons are a necessity.

You can buy all the latest golf equipment that leads into the hundreds of pounds but unless you have the correct technique and basic knowledge acquired through hours of lessons it will not make the slightest bit of difference. It is amazing the amount of money spent on the latest golf equipment from the average regular golfer. That same golfer could probably count on one hand the number of lessons that he/she has had. Even then they were probably a gift from a friend or relative.

how much are golf lessons

Golf is a game that you can continually improve upon. Golfers are always trying something new they have picked up, whether that be from watching the live golf on sky, reading it in golf monthly or what a fellow golfer has shown them on the driving range.

If you watch or read about the playing professionals they have a retained coach who is giving them lessons on a weekly basis. The point is, if a playing professional on the European Tour or similar has a lesson or more a week when he/she earns millions a year in prize money from our beautiful game, you as an amateur should be having one a day to get better. As we all know that is unrealistic so the answer to how many lessons should you have is……. As many as you can, one can afford and two dedicate the time to. Only then will you improve as a golfer at any level.

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Where do I get golf lessons?

The most obvious place to get lessons is at a golf course. There are hundreds of golf courses across the UK and thousands around the world. A large percentage of golf courses provide a practice facility. This can be a driving range, putting green or chipping area. There are many clubs that have all three areas and fully equipped to cater for any level of golf.

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There are driving ranges with no golf course attached. There only function is for golfers to practice. This makes them ideal for lessons. For any level golfer who wants to research new techniques or other opinions on the golf swing can use the various online platforms, whether that be via a website or the latest mobile app. Some of these can be an excellent starting/reference point for any golfer wishing to improve their game through tuition.

For the amateur golfer, a golf course, driving range or online platform will provide great exposure to excellent lessons. It is for the individual to seek which one suits their style, available time that can be dedicated to lessons and most importantly, which one will give the best results.

 

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How much are golf lessons?

The price of golf lessons varies from golf club and PGA professional to PGA professional. This is mainly due to the competitive nature of the industry. Each coach is always on the look out for new clients and constantly offering special deals to entice the amateur golfer.

As a rough guide an average hour lesson would cost anywhere between £35 – £65. There are pro’s who have an excellent track record, perhaps even coached or coaching the worlds very best players, who charge a lot more than this. Believe it or not but if you have the funds readily available you can obtain the services of the worlds best golf coaches.

how much are golf lessons

There are many different price structures that can be adopted by the PGA professionals. These are tailored to the clients needs. Be aware that the longer you have a lesson, the more likely it is that the price will reduce. Therefore, if an hour lesson is £50, a two lesson should be less than £100. They may offer playing lessons. A lesson is where the pro walks round with you whilst you play and offers advice/guidance. This approach is constantly growing in popularity. These type of lessons are generally more expensive than a ‘normal’ driving range lesson offering. Other offers could be as gifts/presents. These are in the form of gift cards and generally attract a discount.

Check with your preferred pro if they offer discounts for multiple bookings of lessons, most do, so always ask. Examples may be buy 4 one hour lessons get 5th free. There are also other options available which can be significantly cheaper or even free. These lessons come in the form of video’s found on websites or mobile apps. The long and short of it, the price of a golf lesson fluctuates dramatically. It is for you to shop around, play the bartering game and get the best deal for you. Be warned though that the cheaper, more desperate the pro is to get your business, the more your golf game is to suffer in the long run from poor coaching.

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Who provides golf lessons?

Golf lessons are usually provided by registered PGA (professional golfers association) Professionals. These professionals are most likely attached to a golf club or driving range, although sometimes golf coaches are freelance and cover large areas whereby they will have some deal with the golf club to use the facilities.

Most golf coaches will have an accredited golf coaching qualification or similar. More often than not golf coaches would have been playing golf for many years prior to turning to coaching at a higher level.

who provides golf lessons

Golf, by its nature, breeds a golf coach in every player. There are so many styles, approaches and latest techniques to improve the golf game that if can be daunting experience at first. The new be to golf lessons should identify a local golf club who provides lessons and has first-class facilities, meet the clubs PGA professional and ask him loads of questions. Don’t be shy or feel stupid. The pro wants you to take golf seriously and have lessons, so should be more than happy to help you.

Anyway, if he/she is not helpful at least you know he/she is not going to be right for you. Ask him/her if he/she is not going to be right for you. Ask him/her if they adopt any particular style such as, David Leadbetter. You need to feel 100% comfortable with the provider of the lessons as its more than likely he/she will be your coach for sometime. Having said that , if you feel the lessons or your golf game are stagnating change the coach. It’s OK for the professionals on The European Tour so its OK for you.

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If you are short of time and lack the confidence to go to the driving range at the start there are several very good websites or mobile apps that provide excellent golf  coaching video’s from the world’s very best coaches. Try www.thegatewaygolfapp.com

 

 

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