How To Find A Golf Instructor

Are you wanting to know how to find a golf instructor near me?

You will need to decide what the current goals for your game are. Are you a beginner trying to get off on the right foot or are you a competitive player? These two players could need two different services provided to them.

Here are answers to common questions in how to find a golf instructor…

How To Find A Golf Instructor

How To Find A Golf Instructor

Unfortunately, there is not a clear answer to this question.

It is a lot like looking for a good doctor, lawyer or accountant in your area.

Think about how you would go about doing just that. You would more than likely…

Ask your friends in high places

Keep in mind when searching for a new teacher to improve your golf swing, you may want to be referred by players that are close to your skill level that have had recent successes with a golf professional or instructor. So,,, ask your friends.

Use an online service like Thumbtack 

Thumbtack.com is an online service. They allow someone to enter the type of service they are looking for locally.

Thumbtack.com will then  provide them with a instructor or instructors in their area that can provide golf packages that can include private lessons, group clinics or golf schools.

Looking For A Golf School For No Money? Google it 

Like anything else online… buyer beware. As you have done many times, you can go to Google and type in - Golf Lessons near (your city or zip).

Obviously, when golfers are trying to seek out a new instructor or instructors, the more info you type into the search bar the better the results might be. 

Some examples you may type into Google are... find the best golf instructor near me or best golf swing teachers near me.

Below, we will discuss some other things that golfers can do to better vet out the teaching professional before hiring him or her to improve their golf swing.

How Will I Know If They Are A Qualified Or Good Golf Instructor?

Frankly, this is a difficult one.

If you find a golf instructor that is a PGA Member, this means that they have passed PGA testing that would prove a baseline knowledge.

This does not mean that this coach or these coaches have kept up with the ever-changing golf swing instruction landscape.

Depending on who the instruction is for, you should look for certifications from the PGA, Trackman, Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), US Kids Golf and Swing Catalyst to name a few.

You also need to know that there are some very good teachers that never pursued membership with the PGA.

Mainly due to the fact that PGA Membership requirements would have them testing on many subjects other than just teaching or instruction. Some see that detracting from their main focus of teaching.

Questions To Ask A Coach Before Taking A Lesson

As we talked earlier, this process can be like finding a new doctor, lawyer or accountant.

I would hope that you would see and interview these types of professionals before hiring them to teach you how to play the game of golf.

After asking these simple questions, you should be able to gauge the instructors interest and/or develop some sort of relationship with them before your lesson.

Here are some suggested questions for a golfer to ask a potential instructor or instructors before you make your final pick…

  1. 1
    How long have you been teaching the golf swing?
  2. 2
    Do you have any certifications?
  3. 3
    How many hours do you spend teaching golfers in a week?
  4. 4
    What is your golf swing philosophy?
  5. 5
    How will we develop a plan specific to me and my golf swing?
  6. 6
    What will the fees be?
  7. 7
    What type of payment do you take?
  8. 8
    What is your cancellation/reschedule policy?
  9. 9
    Have any players recently reached the goals that I am trying to attain with my golf swing?

Are Different Types of Training Are Available?

Instructors offer various types of golf swing lessons to improve your swing and what is available will change from pro to pro. 

Golf swing lesson formats for golfers can include private instruction, group classes, golf clinics and even online golf lessons.

This again goes back to the goals that you and your golf instructor will have for your golf swing and overall game. Here are a few examples of golf swing lesson formats…

Individual Or Private Lessons 

This is as it sounds. It would be you spending one on one time with a teacher.

Many competitive players see this as the best way to improve their swing as they have the time to get into discussing complex concepts while trying to make a new swing motion. 

One on one individual golf swing instruction sessions tend to be the most expensive as you are the only one fitting the bill for the professional's time.

Group Lessons 

Group golf swing lessons are also known as golf clinics and are different from one of the one on one sessions.

Many golfers enjoy this teaching format and think it is the best for new players or higher handicap players as you get to learn the game in a group. It is very social and the cost is not as high.

If you are one of the beginner golfers, it is a really good way to see and meet other new golfers to play with and depending on the size of the group.

The teaching will be more along the lines of a short presentation on one aspect of the swing at the beginning of the session. 

The remainder of the time will be spent one on one with the teacher. The will spend a few minutes with you so they can see if you are performing the ideas/theories discussed in the swing presentation.

Best Online Golf Lessons 

Online golf lessons or internet golf instructors are becoming more and more popular.

This teaching format is attractive to players that may not live in a metropolitan area, players that are shy as well as many busy business travelers that want to improve their game. 

It only takes an internet connection to improve your swing and you can meet with a teacher anywhere in the world that you pick. Many players hold sessions with a golf teacher via Skype, Zoom or Facetime.

Best Online Golf Coach

Some players think this teaching format is not a good or the best way to improve your swing as opposed to being in person. 

However, internet golf teaching can be very functional and helpful to the player's swing. I have seen good results happen for many players myself.

Depending on your swing goals, through online teaching, many things can change in a good way.

If you need any help determining your golf swing goals or have other questions about how to find the right teacher for you and your golf swing, feel free to contact [email protected] We are always happy to help!


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