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.


Should i buy golf lessons or get new clubs

This question probably doesn’t get asked as much as it should. How many golfers do you know go on about their latest lesson and the new grip or technique for hitting the ball longer? I bet the same can’t be said for the golfer going on about his/her new clubs or wedges or driver?!

There is something programmed into every amateur golfer that they must have the latest irons, wedges or drivers to make them a better golfer. They all get sucked in by the marketing jargon surrounding the latest must have clubs and their hooked. You can’t say the same for the local pro pushing his ‘buy 4 lessons get the 5th free’, doesn’t really have the same appeal. However, it most definitely should.

Golf is a game that has developed over the years and all the brands have jumped on this and spun it with only one intention. To get all golfers buying more of the newest clubs on the market. To be fair they don’t really have a difficult job as most golfers have the mindset that if they buy a new club, regardless of what club, it will make them a better golfer and reduce that scorecard.

The fact of the matter is this. If there was you with all the latest equipment and a pro from any tour with just one club, say a 7 iron from the 1950’s, the tour pro would still beat you on a round of golf if he/she was only allowed to play with that one club and you any club you desire from your new flashy set. Why? Only one reason. The tour pro has over the years had the correct tuition/lessons and without doubt done one thing. Practice, practice and practice so more. The pro could play all the shots necessary with one club to overcome and outwit the golf course.

So to answer the question. Keep the clubs you have, buy several lessons, measure the improvement and have a goal to achieve. Once achieved, buy more lessons or as a treat to reaching the target buy new clubs! check out the latest tuition app Gateway Golf.

2019 – the year of the golf lesson

You may of been playing golf for longer than you care to remember or just a beginner, full of motivation to improve and become the next Tiger Woods but the bet that you’ve hardly had any lessons wouldn’t be a bad one.

2019 should be the year that this changes. Golf is a game that comes and goes with the wind. One round you can play really well with all the luck and the next can’t catch a break and score terribly. We’ve all been there, it happens to the professional on the European Tour as well as any amateur. The difference being the pro’s identify the faults in the their game and then spend hours working it through with their retained coaches on the driving range. Amateurs tend to put the clubs in the boot of the car, drink beers and have a laugh with their playing partners about one shot or another in the round.

This is all well and good if you are happy with just playing golf socially (which is highly recommended). However, if you would really like to see measurable gains in your performance, there is only one simple answer. It’s professional tuition. This can come from your local golf club or form the excellent websites/mobile apps on offer nowadays.

The nature of the golf swing entails many moving parts. That’s why it’s an impossible game to fully master but you can, with the correct advice from quality coaches set the foundations so you have a good base of knowledge and technique to work from.

If there is one thing you want to do in 2019 with regard to golf it should only be to spend some time on your swing. This is guaranteed to improve your game unlike the latest golf club.

Driver or Iron of the tee?

It is an age old dilemma for any golfer of any playing level. What’s the best decision when on the tee – Driver or Iron??

Now it is an arguable fact that most amateur golfers are on average more accurate with their irons, this over time has given confidence which results in better results. Whereas the driver to some can feel like they are holding an alien object with the intent of hitting a little white ball as far as possible in a pre-determined direction.

The facts are simple, the driver is one of the least hit clubs in the golf bag and most of the time one of the hardest. It does however guarantee one thing – it will hit the ball the furthest out of any club you have. The long iron, say a 3 or 4 iron, will increase accuracy and should provide the golfer with that extra bit of confidence once on the tee.

What needs to be accounted for is the situation where the decision needs to be made. Is it the first tee? Is it in a club competition where you need to protect a score or go for broke?

Another important consideration is what is the design of the golf hole that needs to be navigated. If it’s fairly open with a higher percentage of locating the ball if it goes off path, the driver then out ways the option of the iron. Whereas if its a tight, tree lined fairway with OB everywhere then the iron for position would be sensible.

As with any shot in golf a lot needs to be considered. Current playing form, importance of shot in competition or scorecard, the design of the golf hole and most importantly is how you feel when you take all these factors into account. Your inner belief and confidence will play a key role in the outcome. The commitment you put into the shot will provide the desired outcome.

This is all very important but this comes after one essential part. The ability to use the driver or long iron correctly. This comes with practice and knowledge which only truly comes from expert advice and tuition. The world’s very best coaches can be your personal professional. You just need to know where to find them. Perhaps you first point of call before troubling yourself with what club to use is to look at Gateway Golf first class tuition videos…

Whats the value of a golf lesson

It is impossible to put a measurable value on a golf lesson. Each and every golfer that decides to seek the services of a professional will have their own desired needs and outcomes from the tuition.

It can not be challenged that having golf lessons is a definite if any level of golfer wants to improve. Lessons allow a professional who usually has a PGA qualification or excellent pro playing record to analyse a swing, identify weaknesses or areas for improvement and implement a manageable, consistent session that attends to these weaknesses with the clear aim of improving the learner.

The value a golfer will get from a lesson or a bunch of lessons will really be determined by the quality of the tuition and the golfers effort to listen to what is being taught. A lesson may only be 30 mins or an hour long so it is important for the learner to continue what has been taught in purposeful practice sessions at the driving range or on the practice chipping/putting green.

The amount of avid amateur golfers who have never had lessons is huge. Most would rather buy the latest clubs in the confused mindset that the club will improve their golf game. This is just backward! This is where the real value of lessons comes to the forefront. A new set of branded golf clubs may cost thousands, once drivers, fairway woods, wedges and putter are put with the irons. Think how many lessons you could have with that money?! The lessons will undoubtedly make you a better golfer, the new clubs perhaps not so much.

If you are thinking you have not got the time or it seems a huge amount of effort to take the lessons there is an alternative. With the benefit of technology, there are now top quality mobile apps/websites featuring the worlds very best coaches. These are short detailed videos which can be played/reviewed as and when the golfer needs them.

How to be a better golfer – Short Game

Like most golfers, you probably want to score better and win one or two of the club competitions. If this is you, a sure fire way to do this is to improve your short game.

So what is your short game? It’s anything within 100 yards of the pin. So this pitching wedge down to putter. When practising, the majority of your time should be spent on this area of your game.

Short game includes approach shots as mentioned to chipping, pitching and putting. Your improving short game will guarantee better scores every time you play. It will be immediate, obvious and a key aspect to improving your handicap.

An important aspect of the short game is accuracy. Practice should be focused on controlling the ball with your wedges and putter. Understanding what capabilities you have with each club will improve your accuracy, which will result in fewer less shots taken on each round. Each wedge in your bag can be used to manufacture several different shots. The more confident you are to execute each shot the more likely you are to achieve the desired results.

For longer wedge approaches the driving range is the place to spend hours practising. Generally a decent range will provide flags at distances applicable to a comparable approach out on the course. Your aim should be to target the flags and leave the ball within a reasonable putts distance. For shorter chips, a practice green (which allows chipping practice!!!) would be where you should spend your time whilst your mates or playing partners are on the range trying to hit the back fence of the range with their driver.

Practice abbreviated swings, softer controlled shots with the ultimate target to land/stop the ball close to the holes within a make-able putts distance. These shots can save so many shots on a scorecard.

With putting it goes without saying that it needs to take most of you r focus when practising. Short, long and anything in-between needs to be worked on. Do as the professionals do…drive for show, put for dough.

Six ways to play better golf

The game of golf requires so many different approaches and disciplines that it is so important to focus on areas that are in our control and allow the golf god’s to give us the luck needed in every round to hit those great scores.

Six ways that will definitely help are regular practice, sticking to a routine, being confident, visualisation of each shot, staying the moment and commitment to your overall plan for the round.


Each golfer regardless of playing ability needs to continually practice. Practice makes perfect must have been spoken by a golfer. All practice sessions should be purposeful and have attainable targets. Sessions should focus on improving your game with the majority of time spent on your short game. This area is where you will see the best, immediate gains and will reduce your scorecard week in, week out. Off the course use a good golf tuition app like


To perform consistently time and time again you should adopt a routine that is undertaken each and every time you go to take a shot. If you watch the tour pro’s on the European Tour and take note of how they go to hit the ball regardless of what shot it is, it is always, without fail the same routine. It’s guaranteed it will be the same no if, no but’s.


If you practice and follow your routine this will build confidence. Confidence is key to executing the desired shot. If you address the ball with doubt this will lead to a poor swing, poor shot and ultimately poor result. Address the ball with confidence, defined plan and knowing you can hit the desired shot time and time again.


It is so important to visualise each shot. See the result before you’ve hit the ball. Believe in what you are doing. Mentally see the shot in your minds eye. This imagery will re-affirm your desired outcomes, making it easier to perform. Your results will improve with visualisation.

Stay in the moment

Staying in the moment is really important. Golf will result in good and bad shots, holes, rounds and so on. The art is to hit each shot as if it was the only shot taken. Regardless of result it is left in the past and you are always on to the next one. Another key point here is not to watch the scorecard. Play a round to the end and then worry about tallying up the score. Play each shot and hole at a time with only one goal – to attempt to hit the best shot there and then.


Always commit to all aspects of your golf game. Commit to getting lessons and improving, whether that’s through a website/mobile app (Gateway Golf) or at your local golf club. Commit to every decision made on the golf course and commit to every shot through your routine, confidence, visualisation and being in the moment. the leading Golf Tuition App



Golf ball position

For the majority of shots, the ball should be positioned just off centre towards the target. So if you are a right-handed golfer the ball should be just of centre towards your left leg and opposite if you are a lefty. This will allow you to hit the ball on your downswing and release the club on the path of the target line. You need to be mindful that the ball is not too far  left as it will open up your shoulders and cause the ball to take flight immediately left.

This is different with the driver as its a long club and you ideally need to be hitting it on your upswing. Therefore, you need to position the ball just inside your left heel (if a right handed golfer). This set up will create further roll when the ball lands and gets the low point in the arc of the club just behind the ball. One important factor to remember when using the driver is to close your shoulders towards the target line. With the ball positioned so left in your stances it has a tendency to open your shoulders. Positioning of the ball just inside the heel of the driver requires the player to delay hitting the ball unlike other clubs. Do not force the hit. Hitting early in the down swing is one of the most common problems in golf.

The position of the ball in relation to your feet is so important. You must always ensure your stances, posture and target alignment are correct. The ball should be positioned so that you strike it on the downswing and release the club through on to the target line.

The Driver – When using the driver, the ball should be just inside the leading heal. This allows you to hit it on the upswing.

Long irons – Long irons require the ball to be positioned just off centre towards the target. You attack the ball at a flatter angle and clip the ball off the fairway, making a good, solid contact.

Short irons – Short irons mean the ball must be positioned dead centre between your feet. This enables you to hit down on the ball through impact creating accuracy and control. the leading Golf Tuition App


The first tee shot

This is definitely for most golfers the hardest shot in golf. It carries such importance or so we think when starting our round.

It is usually outside the clubhouse or pro shop where there is a  congregation of spectators all watching the next victim take his/her first shot of the round. It’s the shot you think about when you are driving to the course…’If i just get the first tee shot I’m off to a good round’

We all put such importance on it which comes with unnecessary pressure. Everybody has experienced the nerves, sweaty palms and heart pumping when we try to put that ball on the little wooden peg on the first tee. To be honest standing over the ball on the first tee to most is something of a nightmare.

The one thing you need to know is it effects all of us. even the very best in the world suffer from it. Just ask Patrick Reed at the Ryder Cup several competitions back in Scotland. He barely got the ball past the tee box.

There are processes you can try to implement to reduce the effects of the first tee nerves. The tension you feel causes the right hand to grip the club to hard. Work on reducing this. Take some deep breathes and relax your whole body and mind. All you need to worry about to get yourself off the tee to a good start is tempo (check other blog about tempo). Play the swing as smoothly and slowly as possible. An exercise to do this is count 1 in the back swing and 2 in the down swing and follow through. Make sure your eyes are only focused on the ball, create a big shoulder turn and swing the club freely onto your target line down the middle of the fairway.

If the first tee feels your with unavoidable fear, pick an iron rather than the driver or a shorter club which you feel more confident with and swing easy. Always remember you are not alone and its somebody else’s turn next! the leading Golf Tuition App


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