Friday, 4 December 2009

Golf - Is it Time to Take Lessons?

Golf is a very enjoyable way to pass a few hours but if your game is not going well, then it can also be one of the most frustrating ways to pass a few hours. The thing is with this game is that there are so many different things that need to go right in order to play well and so that means that there are also quite a number of things that can go wrong, each one of which may leave you with that sinking feeling because you may not be able to identify exactly what it is you were doing wrong.

It is in these circumstances, as well as for complete newcomers to the game that taking the odd lesson from a professional golf instructor can be useful. Notice as well that I have specified a professional golf instructor? This is because, even though some of your friends may be good at the game, they may not necessarily be good teachers and there is the added possibility that they could pass their bad habits on to you. A professional golf instructor is able to take an objective view of your style and approach to the game and give you valuable advice on how you can improve YOUR technique, rather than try to get you to play the same way they do. Everyone is unique and one of the most important things for a golfer is to be comfortable with their style and technique. If you are not comfortable, you will not be accurate with your shots and so therefore you will not play well.

The easiest way to go about getting a lesson is by approaching your local golf club. If you are not already a member of a club, it is worth considering joining as you may find you get access to the resident professional for a discounted fee and in some cases you may even be able to make use of their services for free.

There are many things that a pro golf instructor will be able to help you with and that includes your choice of equipment too. If you are thinking that you would benefit from investing in a new driver or a complete new set of clubs, you could do worse than asking your club professional for advice. He will be able to analyse your swing and your style in order to give you good advice on the sort of equipment that would be best suited to you. He will even be able to advise you on what types of golf ball to play. Believe me the type of ball you play with could be almost as important as the driver you choose.

The thing is, you don't necessarily need to get yourself a complete course of lessons with an instructor, unless of course you are completely new to the game. The odd one or two lessons that concentrate on specific aspects of your game could be equally beneficial and will hopefully lead to you going back to thinking that golf is an enjoyable way to pass an afternoon.

Wayne Armstrong is the owner of, a Golf resource website which includes lots of information on improving your game and links to some of the best golf equipment and clothing at some of the best prices you will find.

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