Originally Posted by inthehole
Having read Ted Williams book, I think he probably would have not taken advice on hitting from anyone. It just seems odd to me that at the PROFESSIONAL level, some golf pro's have private instructors overseeing every ball they hit on the practice range .... I guess it just rubs me wrong.
I'll admit I haven't read Ted's book. But then again, there was only one Ted Williams and I'm not sure Bubba is a fair comparison...yet.
It does seem that swing coaches are getting a lot more press these days, but I watched Jack Nicklaus on Feherty the other day and even Jack had a swing coach. I don't think it's a new thing. I see where you're coming from, but on the other hand I would think it's quite rare for anyone to get to a stage where a swing coach wouldn't be beneficial. It's tough enough to groove a pro swing, I think. I would think it's nearly impossible to maintain it at that level, evidenced by the rises and falls of golfers on the Tour. And that's WITH a swing coach saying "hey, you're doing it differently, let's go to the video and I'll show you."
As for every ball on the range? Yeah, that's probably overkill UNLESS they're working on improving something specific. It's a lot easier to tell a coach to "watch my hand position at the top" than to video it and play it back every time.