FORT PIERCE, Florida - Within the broad spectrum of humans who play golf you'll find good and bad golfers, experienced ones and beginners, some for whom golf is a passion and others who rarely ever write their name on a scorecard. Pretty much the only thing they have in common is that they all took at least one golf lesson. I wonder what's the average number of lessons golfers take? This article is about whether or not golf lessons are for you. There has to be the desire to learn and to improve, of course. So many of us wander out to the first tee without benefit of even a few range balls. And as far as practice goes? No, thanks. These aren't necessarily bad golfers, mind you. They have become comfortable with their slices, dubs, moon-shots and worm-burners. I know plenty of guys and gals who can hack their way around a course in the mid-eighties pretty consistently and they're happy with that. Others of us, and I was definitely a member of this club, are always looking for a way to improve; to hit that nice high draw off the tee box and then land a softly faded iron shot close to the hole. My game was about being short off the tee and then hitting seven and nine woods in on the par 4s. In a good many attempts to conquer my over the top golf swing and get my club moving "on a proper plane" I took lessons. And guess what happened? I got a little better. But not for long. I was back to my wicked ways in no time except now I was carrying just a little bit more baggage.
Reprinted from the OVER THE GOLF blog 12-13-2009