How to review online golf instruction

There are a lot of websites and golf instruction programs out there on the web these days. Some are headed by big name golf instructors with some touring pros behind their name. Others are by amateur golfers who have figured it out….and everything in between.

So how do you know how to pick the golf instruction that will work for you that is delivered online? Because let’s face it, if we could get our instruction from a golf instructor who knew the best way to TEACH ME, then that would be optimal. Unfortunately, there are many golf pros who have their “pet” program and they try to fit everyone into it.

Canadian golf course

If it isn’t confusing enough to find a good instructor in person, I can see how choosing a program online is even more tricky. Let me see if I can give you some helpful advice to ferret out the bad from the good.

The first thing that I would want to know before I spent one dollar on anything is…do they have a good guarantee and do they actually fulfill on that promise if the customer asks for one. I, for one, make this a top priority for everything I do and anyone I recommend to you as well.

The next thing that I want to know, is does the instructor actually golf well! You would be shocked to learn how many people out there are selling online golf instruction and do not golf themselves. Many of these sites are run by very good internet marketers who don’t have a clue about how to golf or how to instruct golfers. You would also be very surprised to know how many “mental game gurus” out there couldn’t golf their way out of a paper bag.

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driveable downhill par 4

Another big one is getting instruction on ALL facets of the game. I think the best instruction will be well-rounded for driving, putting,
short game, and the mental game. And there will be enough info that you will never run out of strategies and drills to work on over time to continue improving

Finally, you want to choose golf instruction that is fit to you and your game. This is a biggie and let me explain it a bit. Many times, the top golfers in the world have no clue how to teach average golfers how to improve. Conversely, the pro who spends every day working with golfers with handicaps over 20 probably doesn’t know what it takes to put a golfer on tour.

For example, I’ve read so many tips from Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods over the years that should be completely ignored by MOST golfers except those going for a tour card. Remember, I’m an efficiency fanatic and I want to get to my goal as fast and with the minimum amount of effort that I can. This means that you need to focus on what is most likely to bring your scores down and not what Phil and Ernie are doing lately. Be selective and don’t get carried away by the big names…they play a different game than most golfers.

Review golf instruction online for what seems to match where you are at. Read between the lines of advertising and banners for honesty. There is no silver bullet to dropping 10 strokes from your game in 5 minutes with one magic swing move.

I hope this helps you in separating the wheat from the chaff of online golf instruction.

Greens and fairways,
Craig

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September 13, 2010 in Misc
  • Donald Hall says:

    Thank you for your candor.

  • Bob Zimmerman says:

    Craig,
    I admire your approach to golf. However, I have to ask how you may help me. I am now 83 years old, have been playing golf off and on for 74 years, have had a handicap as low as 6, have shot a score as low as 67, belonged to the Oakmont CC in Pittsburgh for four years, have a 14 handicap now, play in SW Florida, and have shot scores equal to or lower than my age 68 times. I can’t swing the clubhead with as much speed as before, now carry four wedges because I need the accuracy to get closer to the pin for one-putt when I don’t get on the green in regulation numbers.

    What would you recommend for this old man?

    • Craig says:

      Hi Bob,
      If the other parts of your game are good, ie putting, chipping and mental game then the answer is to work on your body, specifically – stretching. I have been doing more and more stretching exercises, yoga and pilates the older I get and am convinced of the value. You don’t have to join a gym or get all crazy about it…you could just get some DVD’s to watch at home and follow the best you can with where you are at. Create some daily habits and it will pay you back on the course and in other areas of life. Google “Yoga for golf” and you’ll get a lot of free stuff to go through. Especially the Youtube videos. Doesn’t require any practice and can do it at home in your spare time.
      Good luck.
      Greens and fairways,
      Craig

  • John says:

    Craig,

    thanks for this. I see a lot of “golfers” selling their wares on the internet and have wondered if even 25% of them could break 100 in 9 holes. Sometimes I wish that real experts would call out the fakes, but, you and I both know that won’t happen.

    John

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