Originally Posted by Dr._chip_in
Perhaps it was a bit of a troll post but I just hate to see people wasting their money.
Books just provide so much more information per dollar. And a great book is a lot easier to find than a great instructor.
I don't consider your post a troll. I respect you opinion and there's nothing wrong with going against conventional wisdom. But I don't agree with you.
People can improve by getting lots of information from the internet, video and books, but for most of us, it's a very slow process. And yes, if you hire a poor instructor, it can be not only a waste of money, it can set you back the time it will take to undo the damage.
But the key point to almost everyone's post is the benefit from proper instruction. With all the posts in all the threads from good players that claim instruction has helped their game - not to mention the fact that professional golfers hire swing coaches - it's hard for me to disagree.
Saying "golf instruction is for people with money or poor reading comprehension" is as much of an over-simplification as "the only way for anyone to improve is to take lessons". Neither of those statements are true