Golf Tuition: Advice For Newbies Searching For Teachers

Fits like a glove

If you have unique needs as a golfer, for example you are a complete beginner, have physical limitations, are a woman golfer, or a junior player, if you are left handed, etc., make sure you find a teacher that specializes in teaching golfers similar to yourself. At the very least they should have a track record of teaching people like you.

Don't be afraid to ask

Ask the prospective golf teacher about his/her teaching philosophy. Ask them who do they think has the best swing in the professional game. Don't be too shy to ask the teacher about their students in the past either. For example, do they have any case studies of students who started from scratch with them? What is their handicap now? Did they stick with golf?

Ask the teacher about his/her plan with you:

  • How do they intend to take you where you want to go?

  • For how many months do they want to teach you?

  • How many times a week do they recommend you have lessons?

Facilities

What kind of equipment does the professional have? Do they have a video and monitor where you can record your swing and view it together afterwards? Does the professional have a private bay at a driving range, or are you just hitting balls into a net? You could even have a look round the facilities when you visit the pro to enquire about starting a block of lessons.

The complete golfer

Try to a find a teacher that teaches all aspects of golf. Many golf teachers focus on the long game and not many teach the short game. Teaching touch is often neglected for a focus on the power game. Ask the professional if they offer bunker lessons, chipping lessons, putting lessons, etc.

Learn like Tiger Woods

Find a teacher that teaches golf from the green back towards the tee. Firstly, they will teach you the putting stroke first, then how to chip, then how to pitch, then the irons and finally the driver. This is "backwards" to how most teachers teach. Most golf instructors start with the driver and the short game is an afterthought. Starting from the small shots to the longest is how Tiger Woods was taught the game. We would all do well to emulate perhaps the greatest golfer who has ever played the game.