First time students should make their initial lesson for an hour…hour lessons are highly recommended for follow up lessons as well, I give very few half hour lessons (only about 10% are half hour and those are mainly for some seniors and juniors) so that there is adequate time to develop the desired changes. In the first lesson, we will spend the first 10-15 minutes finding out more about your golf background and what you are hoping to accomplish with lessons. This interview is vital to creating a program that will enable you to reach your goals. After the interview is completed, you will start by doing a few pitch shots with your sand wedge and gradually work through the bag to the longer clubs.
I will ask you to grade each shot (very good, good, average, poor, and terrible) so that I may get a better idea of what your typical shots are as well as your expectations. After watching enough shots to get a sense of your typical ball flight and expectations, we will watch your swing on video and discuss what is currently happening. Often time’s golfers will have a misconception of what happens in the swing (head down, swing slower, club swings straight back and through) and that misconception is mainly responsible for their current ball flight. Quite frequently, once the golfer receives the correct information an immediate improvement in the swing and ball flight happens.
I will go over why the ball is currently doing what it is and more importantly what can be done to create your desired ball flight. A typical conversation might go something like this (I’m assuming the student is right handed) “the reason the ball is curving to the right is because the clubface is open relative to the path at impact. A weak grip and aiming to the left are encouraging this. To correct this, we need to have a stronger grip and aim towards our target. I would also use video to show the student the before and after as well as examples of tour players to ensure that they had a correct visual/feel of the desired changes.
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