It is never easy deciding if you should be taking golf lessons to improve your game or just keep practicing till you notice any improvement. However, as most experts will advise you, an instructor, even in a short span of time, can quickly identify the problems in your game and help you take care of them effectively. So then, the question arises – what kind of golf lessons should one go in for?
You will have to choose between joining golf schools or camps where you will be taught for a few days along with many others in a group or taking private lessons from instructors who will give you personalized attention. You will therefore have to decide which mode of instruction works best for you.
First of all it depends on how much you can spend. Private lessons are famously expensive and the more experienced, more qualified the instructor the more the charges. If you do not feel the need or cannot afford to spend so much, you could join a golf school.
The next thing to consider is how much time you will be able to commit to the lessons. If you play golf just one or twice a month and are fairly casual about your game, playing it just to enjoy it, you may gain sufficient knowledge at golf schools. On the other hand, if you are very serious about your game, want to drastically reduce your handicap or are preparing for the next local tournament, you may want to invest some more time and money and get yourself a private instructor.
In golf schools, there is very little chance of follow-up lessons but you will be able to gain a lot of instructions in a very short period of time. If you are able to spare multiple dates spread over few weeks or months, you should consider hiring a private instructor.
Finally, it is very important that the type of instruction suit you and the kind of time commitment you can afford. If you are uncomfortable with group settings and prefer to have one-on-one teaching sessions, the choice is clear. Private lessons also give the instructor the luxury of focusing on just one aspect in each session.
On the other hand, if you have no problem with learning in groups, golf schools can provide plenty of tips and helpful advice in a short period of two to three days. The main disadvantage of golf schools is that there can be no follow-up help – once you have finished your course, you are on your own. Also, there is a tendency to provide far more information to a student than they can process in such a brief span.
If you prefer joining a golf school, choose one where there is small student-to-teacher ratio and where the instructor can cut through unnecessary jargon and quickly provide you all the practical information that you need. In fact, some golf schools are getting to be so good at delivering practical and effective two to three day courses, that many golfers now plan their vacations around these golf schools.