Lee Trevino, whose talent for turning a phrase was nearly on par with his ability to hit a golf ball, had famously suggested that “a good golf lesson is worth 1,000 range balls.”
That’s a pretty telling statement coming from a man like Trevino, who along with Bubba Watson, are but a few self-taught golfing savants who can just show up and play. You and I – we’re not anything like Watson or Trevino. Even for many elite players, golf is a counterintuitive activity that leaves us dangling on the precipice of failure (even on those days when things appear to be clicking). So consider Trevino’s full-throated endorsement for coaching a pretty good piece of advice, unlike that free tip you got from your buddy to keep your head still and your elbow tucked in.
Recreational golfers, as you might suspect, tend to spend an inordinate amount of time digging it out on their own like its some kind of badge of honor. They are also far more likely to seek out a random tip than a qualified instructor. The National Golf Foundation estimated that only 11 percent of all golfers took lessons, according to a report they published in 2011. I would say that’s pretty astonishing given how much time and money is sacrificed annually by weekend warriors playing the game or trying to get better at it, whether that takes the form of scraping balls at the range, reading Golf Digest or buying a new driver.
The key is finding someone you can build trust and rapport with. So what it really boils down to is communication.
So if none of those things are working (reinforced by the fact that the average male handicap has hardly budged after so many decades) why aren’t more golfers taking lessons?
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