As our world becomes more and more mobile, learning how to play golf through an online golf coach is not such a far-fetched idea. Many golfers are already taking advantages of online golf coaching.
Does learning from an online golf coach even work?
I have been a part of success stories that have improved their golf games via the internet. Not only were we not in the same city, state or country… we had never even met before.
How does online golf coaching work?
Well… To be honest… a golf online lesson can take many forms. Let’s talk about some of the popular ways to take them.
Golf Lessons over social media
Let’s face it… if you have ever been on social media… You have seen this. This type of free online golf coaching happens on all of the popular platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Someone will post a video or picture of a golf swing and want the opinions of others.
There has never been a better time to use the phrase “Buyer Beware.” I was brought up with the thought of you get what you pay for. Spend some time following some of the professionals and researching what they believe and teach before you just go implementing a new swing tip into your game.
I am not saying all of these “commenters” are bad or do not know what they are talking about as I have tried to help before. What I am trying to say is be careful and unless you know the person commenting, take it with a grain of salt.
Online Golf Swing Analysis
This format is what most golfers think of when they hear the term personalized online golf lessons. This is where you take a film of your swing and send it in via email for a diagnosis to a virtual golf coach. This process can take from 24-72 hours to receive feedback and can cost whatever you want it to cost.
One of the main challenges with this process is getting the proper camera angle for the instructor. Believe it or not, different instructors like the camera in different places. Make sure to check their website on what they prefer before taping and sending your film. It will help the golf instructor make a better assessment and give you a better experience with better results.
Online Golf Clinics
The Ball Flight Academy holds what we call online golf clinics. We typically do it through a private Facebook group. This allows us to use Facebook Live to give a presentation on a certain topic. In addition, we monitor any comments and respond accordingly.
What do I need to use an internet golf coach?
If you are reading this then you more than likely have all that you need to take golf lessons from an internet golf instructor.
It really just depends on the experience that you want to have. If you are just going to troll social media, then the device that you are reading this article on is fine.
If you are looking to have an online swing analysis done by a professional then you will need some sort of camera. Most players have a camera on their smartphone that is more than adequate to produce a clear video.
If you are in an online golf clinic, you will not need any more equipment than what is discussed above. Some players attend on their smartphone while others use laptops and Tablets or IPads.
How do you find the best online golf coach for you?
The best part about social media is that you can gain access to many people pretty easy. No matter which social media platform you hang out on you can follow a group of golf teachers. Through what they post or share you will get an idea of how they go about teaching. Feel free to reach out to them on the platform and ask questions to see how they communicate and if they clear up your confusion.
In my humble opinion, there is not one golf teacher for all. With that being said, you know what you want to work on and go seek out the conversations on the social media platform that you like. The other point I would like to make is that just because most of this is done over social networks that should not keep you from picking up the phone and asking a few questions before you decide to work with someone online.
Questions to ask would not vary too much from what you ask if you were going to take instruction in person. Questions that you may want to ask include but are not limited to include…
- How many online lessons do you give to golfers in a week/month?
- How long have you been teaching overall and how long online?
- Can you give me your philosophy of how a player should swing a golf club?
- How would you like for me to position the cameras?
- How long does it take to for the evaluation to happen?
- If I have questions after the evaluation… What is the process and is there a cost?
Why use an online golf swing coach?
Now you know that online golf swing coaching does work, you know how it works through various platforms, you know what you need to take advantage of online coaching as well as you know how to find the best online golf instructor for you.
You should use an online golf coach because doing it will…
Allow you access to more golf instructors. Not everyone lives in a metropolitan city and has access to quality golf instruction. By connecting via a device that is in your hand most of the time anyway, this allows players to take lessons from instructors anywhere in the world.
Be a big convenience to you. Even if you do live close to a good golf coach, trying to fit into each other’s schedules can sometimes be quite the trick. If you are filming a swing, you can do that on your own time and then send it off for review. Depending on where your instructor is they may even return it to you while you sleep! Online golf clinics typically leave a video for you to review at your leisure, which could be in the middle of the night.
Save you some money. Depending on how many people will be involved, many instructors discount the pricing of things that they do online. Now if it is just you and a professional, it still may not be “cheap” as you are asking them to spend one-on-one time with you.
With everyone being as busy as our current world forces us to be, finding the best online golf coach to help you with your game is not only easy but can be a cost effective way to improve your golf swing, shoot lower scores and have more fun!
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