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    Going for lessons this weekend

    Going for lessons this weekend. What is a good approach? Just listen or provide as much information as possible about my own assumptions of what is wrong with my swing?

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    I think that watching your swing will negate the need for any explanation on your part

    Not unlikely taking video is part of it---so the improvement opportunities should be readily apparent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Golfer View Post
    Going for lessons this weekend. What is a good approach? Just listen or provide as much information as possible about my own assumptions of what is wrong with my swing?
    Listen and learn.
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    The pro will ask you what you want to accomplish, what are you goals. He’ll watch you swing and hopefully give you solid advice. Go with an open mind.



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    Having taken lessons in lots of different disciplines, I find it important to tell the teacher how you best learn.

    Personally, I learn best when I understand something logically first. I am not a "feel" person in any of the undertakings I have worked on. I need to "know" how to do something first, and know the "why" of the thing, then I can work on the doing.

    Some people learn by seeing someone else do the thing properly first.

    So to save time and effort, I would self examine on how you learn best, then tell the instructor, and if you have a good one, they will work with you in the way you learn best.
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    Listen and learn. They will get all the information they need from watching you make a few strikes.
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    In addition to the "listen and learn" and "go with an open mind" great advice, I'll add this ... be honest, both with yourself and your instructor. Don't let pride lead you down the wrong path.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJSprog View Post
    be honest, both with yourself and your instructor. Don't let pride lead you down the wrong path.
    Like he said, no fluff and no BS, toss out ego and say it straight. Remember you are paying a pretty penny for information and help, be receptive to take it all in.
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    Great replies guys - thanks! One more question. I have a bad back for many years. Plus, a desk job for the last 30 years. In my opinion, it restricts my backswing. I can not get my left arm parallel (rightie) on the back swing. Some friends have told me, no it's just bad technique. Do I share this information?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Golfer View Post
    Great replies guys - thanks! One more question. I have a bad back for many years. Plus, a desk job for the last 30 years. In my opinion, it restricts my backswing. I can not get my left arm parallel (rightie) on the back swing. Some friends have told me, no it's just bad technique. Do I share this information?
    I took a lesson recently and the instructor asked if I had any pain or physical limitations to work around. I would be honest and up front about everything with your coach.

    Good luck with the lessons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Golfer View Post
    Great replies guys - thanks! One more question. I have a bad back for many years. Plus, a desk job for the last 30 years. In my opinion, it restricts my backswing. I can not get my left arm parallel (rightie) on the back swing. Some friends have told me, no it's just bad technique. Do I share this information?
    Definitely - a good instructor will be able to work with whatever limitations you may have

    I slipped a disc and have sciatic issues but my instructor has got me swinging the club better than ever, so it is possible
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Golfer View Post
    Do I share this information?
    Yes, yes, and yes.

    The instructor I have taken 2 lessons with has back/spine issues, He told me he has clients with same issues and has them lift the leading heal to help get more turn. His philosophy is that we don't need to have a Tour Pro swing mechanics, we take what we are biomechanically given and work with that to make golf more fun.

    If you let your Instructor know this, he/she might have some exercises and stretches that you can do at home to help loosen up for the golf swing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Golfer View Post
    Great replies guys - thanks! One more question. I have a bad back for many years. Plus, a desk job for the last 30 years. In my opinion, it restricts my backswing. I can not get my left arm parallel (rightie) on the back swing. Some friends have told me, no it's just bad technique. Do I share this information?
    Absolutely. I've had a compressed disc in my lower back for 30 years, and I also work a desk job. The pro I took lessons from noted the swing limitations due to my lack of a good physique, and worked around it (he was a bit overweight as well, so he understood those limitations).
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    Quote Originally Posted by badolds View Post
    I took a lesson recently and the instructor asked if I had any pain or physical limitations to work around. I would be honest and up front about everything with your coach.

    Good luck with the lessons.
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