Originally Posted by Golfingdad
then, What makes you think that lessons couldn't help your ball striking?
two shanks in one round of golf, and that's poor ball striking? really?? by whose definition? IMO you should be a lot better than a 10 hdcp if you never ever even once make bad contact with the ball in a round. i think you're being a bit over zealous.
Originally Posted by Mordan
A good ball striker can control the trajectory and spin so that they don't lose their ball in 30mph wind gusts.
disagreed. deciding to hit the ball at a normal trajectory unknowing of the 30mph gust above the tree line (and losing a ball as a result) is certainly different than assuming there is potentially a gust and teeing the ball lower as to avoid the wind. obviously in retrospect had i known the wind gust was there, i would have teed the ball lower and avoided the wind. you're assuming i knew that conditions were harsh but that i had no choice but to strike the ball one way even if it was the wrong way in the given scenario.
you guys support lessons as if an instructor is to golf what a coffee maker is to coffee--they are the only way to do it right. i consider myself a decent to good chipper and last round i had about 5 chip shots that i got really tense about and duffed. i only duff them when i get nervous and forget to keep my head still. i know what i'm doing, i even know how to fix it. what would an instructor tell me to do to save me those 5 strokes? "hey, you know what to do here...just don't get nervous before you do it." well no shit, sherlock! give me my money back!
and just to get back on track with the theme of this thread, of course lessons could help anyone and everyone, i never said they could not help at all. for instance i can't hit a draw to save my life, i know an instructor could teach me that. but seriously, going from a consistent low 90s player to a high 80s player doesn't necessarily have to be solved by an instructor. if you have costly penalties and get nervous hitting tough shots like me, the cost benefit of an instructor isn't there since i know exactly what i'm doing wrong and how to fix it within reason.
and it doesn't stop there...maybe you are bad at club selection, maybe you don't judge wind/spin, etc. there are certainly a multitude of things that can cause a bad round of golf that you don't have to have an instructor tell you how to adjust to or fix. of course though if you are a terrible ball striker (and yet somehow manage to pull off low 90s), then yes, obviously someone needs to teach you how to swing a club properly. but let's not get caught up in the idea that an instructor is the only way to shave off strokes. brought my handicap down from about a 30 to an 18, when i get in the low teens without instruction i'll report back.