If you want to get the most out of your next golf lesson you will need to make sure you are ready to maximise your time with your coach.
If my students have played golf before I always like them to arrive at least twenty minutes early, so they can calm down from their journey and start thinking about their golf game.
Its a good idea to check in at the pro shop first, just to let the staff know you have arrived and also to make sure there are no delays for your lesson due to unforseen circumstances.
Make sure you do a few gentle stretches and generally loosen up, before you swing.
Make a few swings on the range if possible, start with some chip shots, then a few pitch shots with a wedge or sand iron, hit around ten to fifteen if you have time.
Before your professional arrives make sure you really know what you want out of your lesson, is it a particular part of your game that needs attention, is it short game, or long game.
Also think back to your last round or last time you hit some balls on the range, where did the ball go, any pattern to your shots ?
Bring a notebook just to make sure you have key points written down and reminders because next time you visit the range you may have forgotten or mistaken what was said during your lesson.
A selection of questions I may ask my students. So be prepared !
What are you doing at the moment to improve your golf ?
How long have you played ?
Have you had golf lessons before?
How often do you practice and play ?
Do you have a handicap?
Where is the ball going ?
How is your physical condition, any back problems etc ?
What do you want to achieve with your golf, short term / long term ?
A key point to getting the most out of your lessons is, ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND SOMETHING.
I love my pupils asking me questions, it shows me they want to learn.
If you spend a little time preparing before your lesson, you will gain great benefit during and after your lesson.
David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional
Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor
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