Originally Posted by bplewis24
Okay, so a close follow of my recent posting history would show I was intent on purchasing a new 3 wood. Over the weekend, after another horrible outing at the range while attempting to work on getting more hip shift and my hands more forward at impact, I've decided that I should take that money I was going to spend on a 3 wood and get some lessons instead. I noticed that the Mizuno rep I was dealing with at the demo day is also the local pro at a course I frequent a lot. I almost consider it my "home course." He offers instruction packages of 30 minutes for $50, 60 minutes for $100, or a 4 part, 4 hour lesson for around $300.
So, my question is, how beneficial have people found it to get only 2-4 lessons from an instructor? Would a more advanced/better swing benefit more from such a short period of instruction, or would a poor swing/very high handicap benefit more? I'm just wondering if it would be worth my time to get only 2-4 1 hour sessions.
Here is my swing from last year for reference. As a person who has been a teacher/coach myself (football), I have always been good at accepting instruction, if that makes any difference.
Please take this as a compliment, but are you related to Rickey Henderson? You have a similar physique to his and a swing from a deep-crouched position similar to his. And, for those that aren't up to speed on his backround, his first love was football, not baseball.
But, back to golf.
I'm no expert, so take what I say with a big grain of salt. IMO, with the proper instructor, you'll have no problem shooting better scores just after 2 to 4 lessons.
Just to give you an idea, I have nowhere near the athletic ability you have. I would consider myself of just average athletic ability. I've been playing golf on and off for about 15 years and I've taken probably about 15 lessons in my entire life. I don't get to practice much due to my schedule (in fact, I've gone to the range a grand total of once so far this year), and I probably play about 3 times per month. This time last year, my swing deteriorated to the point that when I went on a golf "man-cation"--where I played 4 rounds, I couldn't break 100. When I got back home, I started interviewing golf instructors for lessons. It was make or break time for me.
When I had my first lesson with the new instructor, he asked me questions about what I knew about the golf swing and what I felt my problems were. However, while I had an idea, I didn't want to muddle the waters because what I "knew" wasn't doing me a sh*t-bit of good. So, I simply replied, "Doesn't matter what I know, look at my swing, tell me what I need to do and I'll do my best to do it." From there, he watched me hit about 10 golf balls. He looks at me and says, "You're letting the clubhead pass your hands before and through impact (flip) and your tempo is way off." So, we did some knockdown and tempo drills for about 15 minutes. So, after about 30 minutes (15 talking and 15 drills), he takes me to the course to play 3 holes. Afterwards, I asked him (based on what he saw on the course) if he felt I could break 90 anytime soon. He replied, "Breaking 90, no problem. Breaking 80, that's gonna be tougher."
After my first lesson with him and exactly zero time on the range, I went out and shot a 97 on a course that I had been shooting 103+ at. While a 97 is nothing to write home about, I was most happy that my ballstriking had improved substantially. I couldn't remember the last time I hit as many solid shots during a round. From there, I went on to take 5 more lessons with him spaced a week apart. Now, you have to understand, the reason why I took all those instructions was because of my unique situation. I am a single father raising two (college) boys that live with me full-time and another son that splits time with me and my ex. On top of that, I have my own company, so unless I schedule something and force myself to go, it's not going to happen. Hence, those ensuing lessons were in reality just an expensive way to enforce practice time. In fact, of those hour-long lessons, it consisted mostly of warming up and heading out to the course where he had me play a variety of holes and hit a variety of shots. Other than that, there wasn't a heckuva lot of going over mechanics. More so, he had me verbalize to him my strategy (to play the hole) and identify the targets for my shots. From there, I swung away.
Fast forward to now. The majority of rounds are in the 80s, some 90s (still too many, but I'm still very much a work in progress) and I recently broke 80 (79 on a par 72 course) for the first time. The beauty of that round was that I had to shoot even on the back in order to break 80 which I did. Oh, and aside from the lessons, I only went to the range 3 times for the remainder of that year.
IMO, there's a tremendous amount of good in your swing. And, the bad doesn't seem that bad (but, it does need to be addressed). The two areas that I would look into are the deep "squat" at address and the flip. I'm not good enough to tell you what problems can occur with your address, but I can say that the flip (just because my own battles with it) can produce the worst struck shots/consistency you've even seen no matter how gorgeous and otherwise technically correct the rest of the swing may be. Given where your swing is at now, your athletic ability and your dedication to practice, you should see a noticeable difference in just a single lesson.