- May 7, 2021
- Reaction score
yes a good one absolutely does.
my journey is documented ad nauseum on my thread here on thp, but one of the things i don’t talk a lot about is the instructor i had prior to my guy.
my last instructor is a nice guy, but ultimately our thoughts on the swing didn’t click. where we really struggled was short game. he would hit the shot then basically tell me to do what he did. he gave me a few thoughts, all of which were either wrong or i’m now actively trying to undo.
the guy i’m working with now has so much more knowledge, and is flat out a better instructor. we recently had a short game breakthrough and i’m seeing unbelievable improvements. i’m not scared. i’m getting the ball on the green. i’m getting up and down! and i have the clearest understanding i’ve ever had of what i need to be doing.
so yes, a good pro can absolutely help you. but it may take a bit of searching to find the best fit for you.
side bar: i cannot emphasize enough my advice against youtube videos. never in a million years would i have successfully diagnosed what my issues were. even then, i would not have known how to fix them and which videos to consume and practice. youtube golf videos are like webmd.
I agree to a degree. I think personal lessons will always be best because everyone has a different swing and different things that needs to be changed. Taking lessons over the past few months has been more helpful than all the YouTube videos I have ever watched. I understand my swing a bit better because of the lessons and can now take some of the YouTube videos as a guide for making some further changes. I can watch a video on chipping and I better understand what is being taught because I have taken lessons. I am starting to get to the point where I know enough about my swing that I can self-diagnose some issues and incorporate all the "advice" I am seeing from various sources. I would not be able to do any of that without first taking lessons.
I also sympathize with not clicking with an instructor. I just finished a series of nine lessons and enjoyed the instructor and learned a lot about my swing. As I look back on the lessons, it seems so much of what I learned was way out of order. In one of the final lessons we were working on some of the swing basics that seemed like it should have been done much earlier and a couple lessons seemed like I was just hitting balls on the range and checking the Trackman numbers.