#12 Get the most out of your lessons


Are you giving yourself the best chance to improve when you take golf lessons?  Here are some suggestions to make the best use of those lessons.

  • Improvement is a process.  Look for progress, not perfection.
  • Make sure your instructor is someone you trust and can easily understand.
  • Your instructor does not posses a magic wand, but does have the knowledge to help you improve through change, but you must be willing to change.
  • The lessons alone will not make you improve.  You must be willing to take the time to practice between lessons.
  • The more we do something the better we do it and the easier it gets to do it.
  • I tell my students that a minimum of three times a week is needed to improve.  Once a week pretty much assures you will stay the same and not progress.
  • The longer you have had a habit that you are changing, the longer period of time it takes.  Be patient.
  • Get to your lessons early and warm up.  Don’t waste your lesson time warming up; be ready to start when the lesson starts.  Getting there early also allows you to get into the proper mind set.
  • Be sure that you are clear on what the lesson was about prior to leaving.  Ask for clarification on anything that seemed confusing or was vague.
  • Come away with a swing key that has meaning to you.  We all learn differently so find a though of feel that is appropriate to what the lesson is about.
  • Statistics tell us that we will forget 75% of what we heard within 24 hours.  Take detailed notes increases the likelihood of what you will remember.  Read the notes prior to your practice sessions to refresh your memory.
  • Practice after your lesson to internalize what you learned.
  • Rehearse in front of a mirror later in the day so that you can see what you are working on and increase the likelihood of remembering a little more of what you learned.

About golf52todo

I am a Top 5o Golf Digest Best Woman Teacher 2010-2011. I teach at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. I am a PGA and LPGA member and have 26 years of teaching experience. I played on the LPGA Tour for 13 years.
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