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post #37 of 54
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Originally Posted by jetsknicks1 View Post

That's the truth! Very frustrating that I was hittng the ball very well during and right after the lesson but then so badly later on.


It takes Tiger Woods 2-3 years to get a swing change down.  Don't expect miracles.  Just keep chipping away at it.

post #38 of 54
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Originally Posted by jetsknicks1 View Post

That's the truth! Very frustrating that I was hittng the ball very well during and right after the lesson but then so badly later on.

 

Yup. I run into this all the time. Thanks to my adherence to discipline, I know for a fact I can get things right if I keep "chopping wood".

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I have a feeling the vast majority of us have a "been there, done that" reaction.  I can't count the number of times I've worked out kinks on the range, for example, only to get on the course and somehow forget everything I learned.  I believe this is where repetition of the correct mechanics, to the point that they become second nature, comes into play.

 

The grip is a perfect example, for me at least.  Most of us had to think about the grip when we started learning the game.  Every time we'd pick up a club, we'd look down and think about it while we were getting our hands into the correct position, making sure the V's were in the right spot, making sure the grip hit our hands and fingers in the right spots, etc.  I rarely think about my grip anymore, because I've done it so many times that it's second nature to put my hands in the right position.  The trick is to get a proper swing ingrained as well as my grip, and therein lies the biggest challenge for me (particularly when, until recently, I thought I had a better swing than I really did because I made the mistake of playing for years before taking any lessons or videoing my swing).

 

The fact that you had good results should tell you that you are capable of producing good golf.  You just need to find it again.  But at least you had it for a short time!  That's more than many can say!

My grip still challenges me and worries me on a consistent basis. I have to mentally block it out so that I can concentrate on my shot. You are dead on about one thing: we are all capable of good golf, we just desire to be more consistent and work hard at it.

post #39 of 54
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So I had my second lesson on Saturday and am starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. I played after my lesson (horribly) and played on Sunday (Better). I'm still struggling with the new swing but my misses aren't nearly as bad as they were in the past and I can see the potential to become much more consistant with the swing.

post #40 of 54
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Originally Posted by SCfanatic35 View Post

I had an issue with my golf instructor.  Except mine was the opposite, giving me too much information after each shot.  It was like trying to remember 27 things to do in a 2 second swing. Once I got one of the 27 down, the instructor would add 15 more.  Even after speaking with the instructor about it, it still continued.  I paid for 4 lessons and went through 2 of them. I'm only out 2 lessons but it is worth it to stop going.  I will be looking for another and next time I'm going to pay by the lesson and not up front. Good luck.

Wow, that sucks, don't blame you for leaving. I'm taking lessons and he only gives me max three things to think about but only one thing at a time to actually incorporate into the next few swings. And I pay by the lesson. When you interview your next pro let him or her know your experience and see what he says.

post #41 of 54

The next hardest part is sticking with what you have been taught, practicing it and not reverting to your old ways in frustration

post #42 of 54
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Originally Posted by Mozgolf View Post

The next hardest part is sticking with what you have been taught, practicing it and not reverting to your old ways in frustration

No doubt about that. I still have the tendency to revert back to my biggest flaw, which is bending over too far at the waist, especially later in the round. Just gotta keep working on that and get ready for the third lesson.

post #43 of 54

I"m surprised that any pro would not sit down before a lesson and try to determine what you are looking to do. I used to be a club pro and would always try to talk to a student first to see what they have going on in their game.  As a matte of fact, one of the other pros at the course where I worked had a better short game than me and could teach it better, so I would send the students to him who wanted to get better with the short clubs. I was a better full swing teacher so he would send students to me that he could NT get fixed. I think a pro is really good one when he gets his message across as simply as possible. I always tried to keep it as simple as possible.  I will say, however, you (as a student) need to go out and practice occasionally.

post #44 of 54
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Well, 3 lessons in and I'm really starting to see some positive results. Went to the range 3 times last week and struggled each time, to the point where I was starting to regret ever getting lessons. I played in a scramble on Saturday though and things started to click. My iron shots were much better overall and my misses were nowhere near as bad as usual. My normal miss was way, way right, now my misses are either slightly right or fat and straight, which I can deal with. We spent our last lesson and will spend the next one working on the wedges around the green and I'll probably pay for some on course instruction next.

post #45 of 54

Consider yourself lucky.  I had four lessons with the head pro at a local course.  He took video of my swing each time but never managed to email it to me, not even once.  The technology was beyond him apparently.  He knows his golf but I won't be seeing that guy again.

post #46 of 54
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Originally Posted by Chas View Post

Consider yourself lucky.  I had four lessons with the head pro at a local course.  He took video of my swing each time but never managed to email it to me, not even once.  The technology was beyond him apparently.  He knows his golf but I won't be seeing that guy again.

I defly had reservations about my pro after our first meeting but it turns out that we work well together. He hasn't used any video, which I probably should've asked about up front but it didn't take him long to point out my 4 major swing flaws,( Standing too far from the ball, bending over at the waist too much, legs too far apart and not letting my arms drop to start the downswing). Don't get me wrong, I've still got alot of work to do and it's killing me that I haven't been able to get to the range/practice area this week but he's defly got me heading in the right direction.

post #47 of 54

Ah well, there isn't one coach in the country so no worries from me. Last lesson about 1998

post #48 of 54
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I just finished my final lesson and the lessons were defly worth it. My scores haven't dropped yet but that's because it's taken a few weeks to feel comfortable with the new swing and more importantly, to trust it. I played last weekend and hit some of the best irons and wedges I've ever hit. Unfortunately, I shit the bed with the driver all day c1_cursing.gif. I also actually like going to the range now. Before the lessons I would go to the range and just pound balls and make the same mistakes over & over. Now when I go, I actually have something to work on and if need be, am able to make the correct adjustments. I cannot wait to get out and play on Sunday!

post #49 of 54
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Originally Posted by jetsknicks1 View Post

I just finished my final lesson and the lessons were defly worth it. My scores haven't dropped yet but that's because it's taken a few weeks to feel comfortable with the new swing and more importantly, to trust it. I played last weekend and hit some of the best irons and wedges I've ever hit. Unfortunately, I shit the bed with the driver all day c1_cursing.gif. I also actually like going to the range now. Before the lessons I would go to the range and just pound balls and make the same mistakes over & over. Now when I go, I actually have something to work on and if need be, am able to make the correct adjustments. I cannot wait to get out and play on Sunday!

Glad to hear it, now let's hope your wife doesnt check out the Sand Trap and doesnt nail you for your opening posts (i may have been burned once or twice with my wife reading my posts on here)

post #50 of 54
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Originally Posted by meenman View Post

Glad to hear it, now let's hope your wife doesnt check out the Sand Trap and doesnt nail you for your opening posts (i may have been burned once or twice with my wife reading my posts on here)

LOl that's funny. I never told her I had reservations about the guy because I didn't want her to feel about the whole thing. All in all though, one of the best gifts I ever got.

post #51 of 54
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Originally Posted by jetsknicks1 View Post

LOl that's funny. I never told her I had reservations about the guy because I didn't want her to feel about the whole thing. All in all though, one of the best gifts I ever got.


Nice recovery.  lol

post #52 of 54
Thread Starter 
This is my second marriage. I can spin it buddy! :)
post #53 of 54
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Originally Posted by jetsknicks1 View Post

This is my second marriage. I can spin it buddy! :)

 

I'm on my third.  I'm either a pro, learning from experience, or either very BAD at something.  :-)

post #54 of 54
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I like to think of us as experienced professionals
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