There is this driving range that I go to a lot that is owned by this ex Club Pro (or so he says). I usually stop and hit a bucket of balls or so just working on individual things. He is always talking about how he used to teach at several country clubs etc. I actually took a lesson from him when I first started playing and this guy had my swing messed up for months! It was bad!
Anyway.... I was out there yesterday hitting some balls. Now I hit my driver straight most of the time unless I'm really trying to kill it and my irons are almost always straight if I don't mishit. Anyway, I'm in a great mindset and hitting my iron shots perfect. I'm dancing all around the flags, online and distance control is great.
He gives lessons at the range so he walks over and says to me 'Hey hit a few for me". I pull a gap wedge and aim for the 125 yard flag. Hit it to about 10 feet. I hit a second and a third and all were within 10 feet. One actually was about 2-3 feet. So he says "Your swing is much better but you are not there yet. Take your stance and pretend like you are sitting on a stool".
So I do it and he says that I'm still setup too steep and he keeps at it until I'm in the position he wants. Ok now, all my weight is on my heels and I'm completely off balance. I tell him that this is not correct because I'm sitting back so far that my swing is too flat and I feel like I'm swinging around my body. It feels awkward and I know that it looks awkward but HE says this is the correct setup.
I'm actually beginning to think that either..
1. He has no idea what he is talking about or...
2. He is purposely screwing up people's swings so they can come to him for more lessons.
When I first started he is the reason I was flipping my wrist for 2 months making me either hit behind the ball or top the ball all the time.
I was at another course and this guy was hanging around and finally came up to my friend and I and gave us a card and said that he could teach us to swing better. We were on the first tee. I told him to tee it up and hit one. He didn't want to but we told him we can't take lessons from a guy scared to hit a shot. He took my driver and promptly sliced one 80 yards right of the fairway and across the highway. He made and excuse and teed up another and hooked it to hell and back over to the other fairway and out of bounds FOR THAT FAIRWAY.
Do you guys think there are so-called teachers out there running a con?