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  1. In that scenario I would prefer the weekly lessons. The cost isn't that much greater, and the ability to have much more frequent feedback generally will help you stay on the right path whereas a month between lessons can let you wander off a bit. 

    That said, I haven't taken lessons in several years (except for the very helpful advice @iacas has given me on occasion). I've tried several instructors, but they've all just told me to not change my swing (which is the wrong answer, I know there are improvements to be made). When I was taking lessons, however, I was helped the most by frequent lessons rather than expensive ones. 

    Price is fairly loosely related to quality, when it comes to golf instruction. I think constant check-ins to make sure your priority piece is making progress is much more useful than one long lesson where you try to cram as much information as possible into the one hour since you won't have another opportunity for a month.

  2. I enjoy playing scrambles, but it does help that I know several other scratch to plus handicappers who I can play in them with. Going out with buddies and shooting a round together in the mid to low 50's is always good fun, and sometimes it even ends up with us winning something (depending on if they do net or gross scoring during the scramble). 

    The trick is to not think of it as golf, but as a fun way to spend time with friends. Because it really isn't golf.

  3. But if you lined up square it would become a very closed face and a more square path. Very much a pull draw relative to the aim line. I've struggled with this problem as well. I was always striving to hit that true push draw but it's just so easy to start cheating with the feet.

    Square face relative to my point of aim. It was not a pull at all, just a large hook. It always started where I aimed. 

  4. My dad plays a pull draw, he aims 15-20 yards right (doesn't even know he does it). It can be a very playable pattern, for the past 20 years his handicap has been in the mid to low single digit range. You're just not going to hit the ball very high and there can be a lot of timing involved.

    Mine wasn't much of a pull draw. I would hit the ball with a square face but a VERY in-to-out path, leading to large hooks that went higher than you might expect (since the face wasn't shut when I hit them). I would "draw" my 9-iron nearly 15 yards on a normal shot, which I know scared spectators at the state tournament a couple of times when I hit the ball directly at them to the right of the green before it would curve back towards the green.

    It worked for me for the golf season that year, but I spent the winter fixing it since a hook of that magnitude is unplayable on many courses that aren't wide open. I would also have issues if the face ended up open, leading to shots that were blocked quite a ways off to the right of the target if something in my swing went bad.

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