Wanted to share another Dana Dahlquist blog where he gives his opinion about online golf lessons.
It all depends what your market can provide, yet one is not better than the other it all depends on the student.
Obviously online lessons are something I'm in favor of, being the manager of Evolr and giving Sand Trap members advice on the Member Swings Forum. The number of online golf instruction programs online has grown tremendously in recent years. Golf is a global game and golfers want quality instruction. Thanks to Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, golfers from around the world are introduced to many different concepts from a variety of instructors. There are quite a few instructors that have made a name for themselves from their Youtube videos.
Getting to Dana's first point about new fresh ideas, golf instruction as a whole sucks. Not to get into too much detail because we already talk about it enough on this site but most instructors don't teach the correct ball flight laws and don't understand the way the body works to pivot on an inclined plane. Online instructors can start to differentiate themselves from their competition and golfers reap the rewards. Golfers looking for "the truth" will find themselves on this site or watching Youtube videos from intelligent instructors that you may not find on the top 100 list. The level on free information, not to pat myself or Erik on the back, is quite remarkable. And it's CORRECT information! This information wasn't available to the public five or ten years ago and to get it, if it was available, you had to spend thousands of dollars to go to golf schools. Now we just give it away But does having a lot of knowledge mean you can turn yourself into a tour player? Unfortunately no. There isn't one universal answer for everyone on how it will feel to make a solid back swing but having some level of knowledge will keep you away from instructors that talk about turning the shoulders level and/or over the right foot.
Regarding Dana's second point about student development. I'm proud to be part of Evolvr because I believe in the way we (James Hirshfield, Brian McGrew, Stephan Kostelecky and myself) help golfers. When a student uploads a video the goal of the instructor is to identify that one priority piece. That one thing that will get the golfer to start hitting it better right away. It could be a piece on the downswing, back swing or even the address position. Sometimes getting to work on that priority piece can reduce mistakes in other parts of the swing. It's all about stripping away the compensations, making things the most simple. Yes an educated instructor or student can identify all the checkpoints and see the 10 things that are wrong with the golfer in I've had Evolvr students tell him that they've had online lessons from other instructors and had no idea where to start. The lesson was 20 minutes of the instructor comparing their swing to Tiger Woods from 2000 and listing off the errors they were making. With Evolvr we try to keep the videos to a max of 5 minutes The beauty is that students get to upload multiple times a month. So if they have any questions or want to check in, they have the freedom to do so.
There are obviously certain disadvantages to golf lessons online. The student doesn't have the instructor there for immediate feedback. An Evolvr student was here in San Diego on vacation and wanted a lesson. It was great to finally show him in person what we've been talking about and manually adjust some pieces when he would make a mistake.
As a whole I think online lessons can be a positive experience and very useful. Good information at a cost effective price. The toughest part for most (unless you read this thread) is finding a quality online instructor. I send my son's swings to Dana every few months. Father/son relationships can be tricky so it's great to get a third party's opinion. Keeps everyone happy My son has worked with Dana in person (he's an hour and a half drive) so he has some first hand knowledge of my son's learning style and tendencies.
Enough from me, what do you guys think?