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Tips, Lessons, or Coached?

How do you want to learn?

There are three different ways that students use lessons. Those three are tips, lessons, or being coached. For long term success being coached is the best way out of the three. However, as some have pointed out to me not all have the time, desire, or money to be coached. Below are the advantages and disadvantages of all three.

TIPS:

Advantages:

–          Little time used

–          Can acquire extensive knowledge of many different application theories

Disadvantages:

–          Is not a great way to improve

–          Will not learn what their issues of their own swing is very easily

–          Very low percentage of actual improvement

Tips are a great tool for gaining snippets of theory. The major issue is that a tip is not a replacement of an evaluation of a student’s own personal swing. I have studied tips since I was very young and still do. However, I use them for learning opportunities and not something to be practiced with my own swing.

LESSONS:

Advantages:

Opportunity to learn changes that are necessary

–          Can make temporary changes with the proper amount of practice there is a chance to make permanent

–          Less time and money when compared to coached

–          Learning and working on application of own personal swing

Disadvantages:

–          hard to take a single or even 5 lessons and make a swing change permanent

–          student and instructor don’t get the time to fully get to know how the student learns

Lessons are great for a student to learn what their personal swing advantages and flaws are. With some lessons the student even have the opportunity to try and make improvements to their game. Remember though that it takes many repetitions and the correct repetitions to make a change permanent. This is true for many things not just the golf swing. So a few lessons is a start towards making a student a more knowledgeable, and better golfer.

COACHED:

Advantages

–          Opportunity to fully understand how to make the swing permanent

–          Ability to focus on scoring clubs in more detail

–          Coach and student have opportunity to understand how to work together

–          Scoring or handicap typically gets better

Disadvantages:

–          Takes a lot of time

–          Costs more money than the others

–          Coach and student relationship might not work

If the desire of the student is to greatly improve, being coached is the best of the three. This is not for all since this does take time. Coaching allows for time outside of the normal full swing or short game lessons. This also allows for on course opportunities and many other specialty lessons.

I have worked with all three. They all have their distinct advantages and disadvantages. Not only does students have their own personal swings but they also have their own way of learning the swing. The question is: Do you desire understanding theory, understand how to get better, or how to maximize your abilities? And you can be all three at one point or another.

Posted by: Bryan Montgomery 3/14/16

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Known as a golf junkie among his friends and family, Bryan Montgomery's passion for this game started at a young age which has blossomed into what is now a 10 year career in the golf industry. Part of the second class to graduate from Eastern Kentucky Universities PGA Golf Management program he has since worked as an assistant golf professional, customer service manager, director of club fitting and merchandise sales, and fitting specialist for Mizuno. Recently he started his own brand, Form Golf which focuses on the PGA Tour, NCAA Mens Golf, Science in golf, and a Nerd Book section. Please feel free to reach out to Bryan through Twitter or Instagram. Enjoy!

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