Wednesday, February 16, 2011


ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Florida - Two guys talking about the golf swing and golf instruction in particular. It's sad to realize how many amateur golfers keep paying to ride the golf lesson merry-go-round but the industry is booming. Right here in town we have Keiser College and PGA Village, both crammed with students desiring employment in the golf industry, many wanting to become teachers.

Here's what a couple of fellows from the Golf Channel discussion group had to say recently.

"I've always believed that golf instructors are a dime a dozen. Every course has at least 2 or 3 instructors, PGA/non-PGA, makes no difference to me. What matters to me is that very few know what they're doing, and the average Joe golfer has no way of knowing this. Many of these instructors are learning from the same books as their students, but keep a chapter ahead-Cost per lesson $75.00/half hour The problem here is that there's a zillion books proclaiming they have the secret formula for the perfect swing-Cost per book $24.95 avg. and average Joe golfer has bought 10 or 15-Investment to self improvement golf $350.00+tax. Many instructors are elated hearing their new students have read these books, it equates to at least 1 or hopefully 2 series of lessons-Cost $400.00-$750.00. The instructor has vacation plans to make. Average Joe golfer will see 4 or 5 instructors and will understand about 10% of what they're babbling about(doesn't match up with the current book he's reading) and will play 2 rounds better than he did before the lessons, then go blank shortly there after. Average Joe golfer will spend an average of $4,000.00 for instruction and find himself right back where he started."

"Exactly! Your $4000 just about right. For two years, I spent about $1500 on golf lessons to confuse my mind. Then another $2500 on golf instruction books to get rid of that confusion! lol I am OK now and back as you said to where I started 8 years ago when I was only thinking about hitting the ball!"

There's literally nowhere you'll find a golf instructor, golf DVD or other golf swing method that will work with your individual strengths. It's not about correcting your grip as much as getting a grip on your game. Your outside-in swing should be producing longer, straighter shots. A few posts back I wrote about "golf swing optimization" and how OVER THE TOP GOLF builds on your foundation. Other types of golf instruction force you to start over from the ground up and as the two fellows mentioned, each time means "more" as in more money, more time you could have spent with the kids and, inevitably,  more confusion about what the hell you're supposed to do now?


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Revised 09-03-2012