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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.

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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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How long is a golf lesson?

Golf lessons can be anything from 30 seconds just before your weekly round to a 4 hour plus playing lesson. The typical lesson is however between 45 minutes and one hour.
One 30 second lesson is extremely short and of not huge benefit but it could simply be a coach giving instruction to try something new on the forthcoming round of golf. Golf is a game that is continuously being worked at to gain that competitive edge however large or small. A small grip change on the putter in the 30 seconds could make a noticeable difference to the performance of the player. That would be a worthwhile 30 seconds lesson.

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However, most PGA (Professional golfers association) professional coaches would say that to really gain measurable improvements in the golf game a lesson should be at least 45 minutes and actually have multiple lessons to achieve maximum results .A playing lesson obviously will be the longest lesson on offer. Typically the PGA coach will shadow you on a round of golf giving advice/guidance as you play. This has huge benefits to the golfer and is growing in popularity. It allows the leaner to get a real insight into how a top golfer reads the game and approaches each shot. If that all sounds too time intensive and not a practical solution for you to improve your golf game there are alternatives. These come in the form of website or mobile apps that provide first class tuition/coaching video’s. The video’s are usually 3-7 minutes long and full of helpful, detailed coaching applicable to any golfer. Some of these video’s are from class coaches delivered their services to the US tour & European Tour’s best players. Lessons are a key, most of the time overlooked, element to the golf game.

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It is advisable to resist buying the latest golf clubs and put that money into lessons. It you stick at the lessons you will get much better results and ultimately be a more improved golfer, winning more club competitions.

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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.

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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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Golf Fitness – Is it important?

Golf used to be played many years ago by old gentleman folk enjoying a leisurely stroll around the estate, playing a little bit of golf whilst planning to take over the world more than likely. That has all changed now. It’s about strength, power, flexibility, agility and peak physical fitness.

Gone are the days when you see golfer’s smoking and drinking cans of beer as they compete in tournaments all over the world. There is your die hard’s like Jimenez who you still find smoking the odd cigar (if and when he plays) but its not how the younger generation of the game see it. The juniors of the world’s very best tours take their physical fitness extremely seriously. It’s not just an add-on to the regime but a central part of it. They all spend hours in the gym increasing strength, building power for those 300 + yard drives and flexibility to keep them at the top level for as long as possible.

Most amateurs would agree that to play golf its not necessary, which to some extent is true but if you are looking to hit the ball further, become more consistent and shoot lower scores getting fitter or staying in good shape is key. It is estimated that on a normal round of golf of 4 hours the player will burn 400 calories. That’s a significant amount which justifies golf as an excellent game, if played regularly to control weight, although not to get you fit. This needs to be done as a supplement off the course and in the gym.

Si is fitness key to golf? Yes if you wish to improve. No if you just enjoy having a hack around with your mates once so often.

Whats the future of golf analysis?

Golf like many other ports is slowly pulling itself into the new era of technology. Technology offers so many new exciting opportunities which will either be a huge benefit or like some will say cause the sport to lose its traditions and true identity.

Golf analysis comes in simple ways such as recording swings at the driving range and reviewing afterwards to new mobile apps that analyse everything from number of shots per round with certain clubs to how many slices or hooks. The market is endless with golf as it is such a varied sport with multiple factors and disciplines.

Players are now so focused on any potential competitive edge that they look in all directions to find the latest fitness programme or piece of technology that gives vital feedback for improvement.

It’s now not good enough just to have a coach on the driving range providing instruction. All the tour pro’s expect a level of tuition that far exceeds the knowledge and ability of a seasoned coach. Nothing will ever replace the coach thats a definite but it will become increasingly supplemented by technology. This can be a simple recording device to major complicated equipment analysing everything providing streams and streams of data. Some may say its information overload and golf is about ability, mental strength under pressure and practice, however the new breed of pro golfer is relying more so than ever on technology. To them its necessary and creates competitive advantage the more information they hold at their disposal.  It will not be long before this type of analysis becomes mainstream as the cost to deliver decreases and it is marketable.

So the future of golf analysis is bright as the availability of technology increases. More and more golfer’s will be committed to receiving feedback from multiple sources, digesting it and eventually implementing it. Golf like all other sports will need to embrace the change, adapt and instigate a way forward that mixes tradition with new. Its the only way.

Golf lessons, whats the real value?

Time after time golfers choose not to get lessons. They either can’t find the time or enthusiasm to learn the beautiful game or its bot what they play golf for. It’s easier and more enjoyable naturally to book a four ball with some friends, have a bunch beers in the clubhouse bar afterwards.

There is one thing that every golfer will do once they’ve finished and had time to reflect – wished they had played better or taken another option when faced with a challenging shot. Golf is a game that very few, if any, ever master. Even the very best that have graced the game such as, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicholas and Arnold Palmer all at times badly. One thing that sets them apart from the rest of us – Their desire and determination to succeed and get better.

It’s agreed that golf for some is not about getting the lowest score and more about the sense of freedom one gets when they are walking the fairway, leisurely hitting a ball around sharing laughs and jokes with friends. However, for the rest there is a burning motivation to improve, score better and win the club competition. The worrying thing is that this large percentage still struggle to get the professional tuition needed to really see those dreamed of shots and scorecards.

This is the real value of lessons, whether its from the local pro at your club or through a website/mobile app (some of which provide world class tuition video’s from the worlds very best coaches) which saves time mucking about getting to the club or driving range and the convenience of tuition as and when the golfer requires it.

Golf is a game that needs to be learned and practised over and over again. The only way a player of any level is going to get better is to be taught the correct technique, practice with purpose and take that new found ability to the course and persist with it until it becomes second nature. Tour pro’s still after earning millions and winning multiple tournaments get lessons – they practise continuously.

The real value of lessons is measurable only by the individuals. Is ot a goal to become better, if so, the latest clubs at American Golf won’t get you there. First class lessons will, no if’s or but’s.

Wedge or 7 iron around the green?

Many golfers find the shot around the green the most difficult to master. It can only be a matter of yards but causes great frustration.

Nowadays, you as the golfer have multiple options to undertake the shot. 3 wedges, a putter, midsize iron and even the fairway wood if your Justin Rose. The aim is to execute the shot with the least amount of difficult with one goal to get the ball as close to the hole as possible, if not in.

The amount of golfers that struggle is huge, mainly because of the lack of confidence and bad technique. It’s a definite that everyone has encountered the duff, the thin or the complete air shot trying desperately to control the length, directory, spin and flight of this small, score reducing shot.

The two real options you have as an amateur golfer are the wedge and the 7/8 iron. Both have their pro’s and con’s and need to be used appropriately given the situation faced.

Confidence has a lot to do with the choice. Are you happy to address the shot with a wedge, flight the ball to the hole, use spin to control the roll out close to the hole or would you feel better using a 7/8 iron, address the ball like its a putter and get the ball on the ground as quickly as possible rolling towards the hole?

The choice can be determined by how the land lies between the ball and the hole. If it is fairly flat with no obstructions such as rough, bunkers or large ground undulations use a 7 iron. Get the ball running towards the hole. However, if you need to fly the ball over any of the former inconveniences the wedge is needed. Pick the club appropriate to the shot.

Build confidence, better scores and measurable results around the green by learning the right style and correct shot selection. The only way is to get professional lessons through your local pro or via videos on excellent websites/mobile apps.

 

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