Originally Posted by 3putter
I agree, I think it has to do with cost (I have zero data to back this up), but an influx of new, eager teachers may reduce cost because....ya know....supply and demand...right?
Nah, cost is a factor but not one that releasing 500 guys on the nation is going to affect, IMO.
I think the real reason is that a lot of guys are just more interested in playing the game than in studying and practicing to get better. They may have taken a few lessons along the way but not on a consistent regular basis. And they may go down to the course sometimes intending to hit the practice range, but they know their time for golf is limited, and so it is easy to talk themselves into playing instead.
I'm one of those guys and I know a lot of others like me. I admire the guys on here who really burn to improve and work at it and really devote themselves. To really do that requires a commitment and that is admirable.
But we all have different lives and different priorities. And I think on balance that most golfers are more interested in playing the game than working at it beyond a certain minimal level, as compared to taking regular lessons and following an organized practice and improvement routine. They would like to play better, but in the totality of their lives golf doesn't occupy a high enough priority to support the kind of effort we see a lot of guys on here putting in.
It isn't right or wrong, it is just a consequence of it not being a one size fits all world. And the teaching pros could all drop their rates to some ridiculously low level and that would still have little or no effect on most of the people who do not take lessons now, IMO. And even if they did, it would be short term because they would still rather play than practice, so they won't get full value from the lessons, therefore they won't work that well, therefore they will not continue.