Golf is in high gear right now. Have you gotten your swing on video lately?
If a teacher cannot explain the golf swing in one hour, they have much more to learn. We spend a short time learning the fundamentals of the swing and a lifetime chasing the perfection of them. Yes we need guidance from time to time, but the true mastery of the swing comes from enjoying the journey in practice and play.
If you are taking lessons and not getting on video for most of your sessions from beginner to tour player, how in the world are you going to learn what to do in the golf swing? I have been lucky to have taught some of the best players and teachers in the game and if they have no idea what they’re doing in the golf swing (what the video shows and what they say they’re doing is always different) how can the rest of us have a chance?
A teacher must show you great players when they are playing well and when they are playing poorly and easily show you why and explain the differences. Once you know how simple the golf swing really is, you can be your own teacher and help correct yourself when things go wrong.
Yes, we do need guidance from time to time, but you cannot run to your instructor every time you hit a bad shot. You must know why you hit it that way and how to quickly correct it.
If your instructor does not use video, find another one. I have heard all of the excuses from these teachers on why they don’t use video, but it all comes down to the same thing. They are lazy and have no idea how to help you.
Come in for your video lesson anytime and have fun out there.
Steve Wozeniak is PGA Director of Instruction Bellevue/Lake Spanaway Golf Courses. He has taught more than 50 tour players and over 100 PGA and LPGA teaching professionals. Readers can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bellevuepgc.com.