So, I've been playing golf for about two years now. I've gotten decent, but by no means good (23 handicap). I've been getting more and more of my family into golf as a result because it's the majority of my free time from work. I've managed to get my much older brother playing around the same time two years ago and he's been my playing partner most of the time. He's even started taking lessons this month, and I'm thrilled that the guy has told him a lot of what my brother didn't believe coming from me, haha. I've gotten my girlfriend playing, and she's incredible, but that's from her background as a varsity athlete at a D-1 school in another sport. I've gotten my kid sister playing starting last year to the point where she's on her high school team and was one of the best players as a freshman this spring.
Most recently, my mother has started getting interested in golf. She's in her mid-50s. I'd definitely label her as unathletic, but with potential in that regard. She likes the walking and nature aspect of it, and I'm sure she'd enjoy the activity itself. I finally got her out to the golf course and we spent three and a half hours at the driving range and putting green. She kept asking for more balls to hit. And she was super into the little putting contest we had (such beginner's luck, she drained 3 15 footers!). So she's into it.
Anyway, I'm asking how I can get her introduced to golf and playing at a half-decent level. There's some challenges. For one thing, lessons are pretty much out because there's a language barrier and I don't think she'd ever feel comfortable with that anyway. Second, I kind of don't know how much to fix with her and when. I had her hitting 9 irons and she was eventually making decent contact, getting them about 80-90 yards. Not much height, but who cares? She's using my little sister's set, which is pretty ideal for her. She sort of has this flail at the golf ball approach that I see a lot with women at the range or on TV when they're handed a club having never swung one. She's fighting me on things like grip and posture, and I'm not sure how much I should just let go and let her just experiment with and fix down the line versus trying to instill good habits early on. I've been mostly focusing on her using her hips and torso to move the club, and making a good turn, as opposed to just swinging all arms. She's super anxious about not knowing how to make good contact and having the club bottom out unpredictably.
So all of that said, I'm really open to thoughts about how best to approach this project. I think from the perspective of keeping her interested and motivated, the best thing for her would be to see some kind of results she can get excited over as soon as possible. So what's the best bang-for-your-buck things I should focus on with her?
Forgive me if this isn't the right sub-forum to post this in; it seemed like the right one.
I'd really appreciate any thoughts, stories, or experience you may have!