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Looking to take some lessons to analyze/improve my swing and make sure my fundamentals are OK. I've taken some decent group lessons at a school in Oakton and they allow you to book semi-privates for 2 or more people. Shared cost is around $50/hour. Anyone interested in doing this?

Larry

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I'm not a fan of group lessons, I think you would be better off just finding an instructor for a 1-on-1 lesson.  You can find good instructors that are around $50-$75 an hour, I think you would get more out of it.

Or you could post your swings here, a lot of knowledgeable people here.

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1 hour ago, JGus said:

I'm not a fan of group lessons, I think you would be better off just finding an instructor for a 1-on-1 lesson.  You can find good instructors that are around $50-$75 an hour, I think you would get more out of it.

I think group lessons can be a great way to go, though often you're not saving as much as you think. For example, I typically charge about 50% for the second person to be there: if my normal rate is $200 for some period of time, it's $300 for a second person to join. So each is still paying $150 but getting about "half" of the attention they'd normally get.

Not that you truly need 100% attention all the time - I will let Student A go practice what we just talked about for a few minutes while I hop over to work with Student B for a few minutes. Some people like and want 100% of the attention, some people feel they're paying for the knowledge, and the drills, and so on and so to them, it's saving $50.

(My rate is not $200/hour; I'm just making the math easier.)

Still, to the OP @madsquopper, I recommend you find a friend instead of a stranger. Your friend can then help you practice when you leave the lesson, as he'll be somewhat aware of what you're working on and may remember something the instructor said to you that you've forgotten, and will at least see how the instructor wants you to do the things they show you.

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@iacas don't disagree with how you manage group lessons, I think based on what the OP is looking to get out of them it makes sense if he has a good instructor, but I have seen them many times when I have been on the range and based on that I don't think I would ever take a group lesson.  But it also comes down to the type of instructor you have, as with everything else in life, there are good and bad.

And I think I fall into that category if I am paying money for a lesson, I don't want the instructor distracted with another student, even though I know the good ones can manage it properly.

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