A good golf instructor can do for your golf
swing what a rodeo clown can do for a tossed cowboy – he
keeps too much bull from getting in the way. The chore here is
to find a teacher who understands that his instruction isn't meant
to constantly rehash how Jack Nicklaus did it. Rather, the instructor's
goal should be to assess how your golf swing can be improved within
the parameters of your own physical abilities.
first thing to remember when looking for a good golf instructor
is that there are no miracle workers. The golf industry is awash
with instructors who advertise how their teaching methods will
take you to a single digit handicap almost overnight. That's not
going to happen, believe it! Obviously, a good instructor can
identify and rectify some glaring errors in your golf swing. But
he/she essentially can't do any more than what your physical and
mental aspects will allow.
What does a good golf instructor bring to the
table? He/she can coach you in a way that assures your swing will
be more consistently on line. The instructor's teaching manner
is friendly and doesn't belittle your efforts. A good teacher
is patient; no matter how many times your golf swing refuses to
resemble what he/she advised. A dedicated teacher will invest
time and money to improve how his/her methods reflect the best
that golf instruction has to offer. That includes using proven
swing aids and going to videotape to truly give a student the
chance to understand what the instructor has seen but didn't effectively
One factor good golf instructors incorporate
is that they listen to what their students have to say about the
teaching process. No matter how a question is transmitted –
email, telephone, personal contact – it is important that
a teacher remain as accessible as possible. In some regards, it's
almost as if the golf instructor has become a therapist, with
patients looking to settle some inner debate about what comes
next, fewer slices or more hooks. Unfortunately, many students
are too impatient and want their personal golf demons slapped
aside immediately – no instructor can deliver on that issue.
One irony of golf instruction is how many teachers
– and some quite good – can't break 90 on the golf
course. Most students would naturally like to think their instructor
could match cards with players on the PGA Tour, but that very
rarely happens. Some of the world's finest golf instructors never
played competitively, and never professed the desire to do so.
Don't be reluctant to ask if a prospective instructor has ever
competed at an elevated level. The answer may or may not impress
you, but it will help you form a more complete reason about why
or why not you chose someone else.
Golf instructors can usually identify really
lousy golf swing moves. It's then a sharp decline to those teachers
capable of making changes for your benefit.