Originally Posted by cbrian
You can get some decent work done in 30 minutes, but it depends on how good he is as an instructor and how well he knows your game going into the lesson. However, I'd be a little concerned about the 3 times a week part (especially if you are talking about full swing lessons). You could maybe do supervised practice sessions and/or work on other aspects of your game, but thats still a lot of times to see one another in a month. The value would also depend on your goals and what needs to be addressed to get there.
I think you hit the nail on the head. We didn't discuss the details, but he knows my game (or lack thereof) very well. When we were doing regular lessons, I would do well and make changes in my swing when he was there, constantly monitoring me. But as soon as I got out on my own, I could (or would) not maintain the changes, even on the range.
When I got to the course, I always reverted back to my crappy swing, unless I was playing by myself on a perfectly empty course. Whenever I played a round with my buddies, I would somehow instantly revert back to hitting the ball horribly.
I would assume given the problems I've had in the past, that it would be more as you suggested and be supervised practice sessions to ensure that I'm sticking with the changes to my swing.
I need to update my Handicap Index, because over the past 6-8 months, it has shot up to a 22 from a 14. My goal in golf is to shoot consistently in the low 80's. Not just when I'm playing by myself, but to be able to do that when I'm playing with my friends. I want to be more consistent with ball flight and shot shape. I want to lose those completely horrible shots where I stab a fairway wood in the ground or hit the ball completely off the toe and having it shoot 45* right. I don't care about improving distance over my decent shots now, I'm perfectly happy with hitting my driver 230-240 and hitting my 7 iron 150. I just want to be more consistent, knowing that I'm going to hit my driver around 230, instead of somewhere between 180 and 240.