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Golf Lessons Make the Game More Fun



comes to a series of lessons, there are many options. From a series of three to a series of eight, it all depends on the instructor. If you are a golfer just getting into the game or have only played for a few years, this may be the way to go. You can custom- ize the series to your sched- ule. If you want to work on four different aspects of your game—full swing, wedge play, bunker play and putting—you can custom- ize or fi nd an instructor who offers the option of a series of four lessons. You can get instruction on each of those parts of your game and keep notes so you know what to work on. The commitment level is left to student and how much he/she wants to practice. This is a great op- tion for someone coming out of a hiatus from the game.


QUICK-FIX LESSON. Quick-fi x lessons are

becoming more rare as stu- dents fi nd more value for the buck as well as benefi ts for their game by going with a series of lessons or a coach- ing program. A quick-fi x les- son is not a bad idea. If you are the type of player who loves to practice and fi gure things out on your own but just needs a set of eyes for an hour, this is the choice for you. Having someone look at your swing and get you

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pointed in the right direction is a great idea. No matter the aspect of the game, the trained eyes of a golf instruc- tor are worth every dollar. We also believe this

form of instruction is a great benefi t for the part-time player. If you play only a few times a year in corporate or fundraising golf events, getting a quick-fi x lesson will assist in your enjoyment. The lesson will be a few tips to get you through your round and have fun. We wouldn’t recommend this for a begin- ner or a student who hasn’t been playing very long as the quick fi x is for a golfer who practices regularly and knows his or her swing well or just needs a pointer or two.



type of instruction that you are starting to see a lot of in- structors offer and is for stu- dents of all abilities and ages. The commitment level does require students to practice regularly. We have created a program for students who want to improve their game and are willing to work be- tween sessions. We compare it to putting your lawyer on retainer. Pay a monthly fee, and the instructor can tailor a program to your commit- ment level. You can take a lesson every other week and practice in between and pay a fee. This encourages you to practice, as you will pay

By Poppy Ridge Staff: Chris Bitticks, Dave Parks, Scott Beville and Tighe Hammam

When deciding to take a lesson, there are many options for instructors and

programs. We want to narrow it down to four simple options and the commitment on the part of the student in each scenario.

the fee whether you take the lesson or not. So you want to ensure you are dedicated to working on your game be- fore embarking on a coach- ing program. It’s like having your own personal golf coach at your service.


GROUP LESSON. This is a great introduction

to the game. A group lesson covers the basics of the golf swing usually on a specifi c topic, (i.e. chipping or put- ting). The group can be from

fi ve to 20 people and the lesson usually lasts an hour. They can be a one-time class or a series of classes and are a great value. It is a chance to have some fun, learn the basics and make some new friends. Check with your local course or your city’s park and rec. department to see what is offered. The NCGA offers free lessons and clinics at Poppy Hills and Ridge. Schedules vary so check the course websites for dates and times.

You need to decide how much you want to commit to this wonderful game and choose the right program for you. Any one of these programs will work for 99.9% of the population. You just have to decide which one fi ts. Schedule a series, a quick fi x, a coaching program or group lesson to knock the rust off.

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