If you are new to this great game of golf, the best investment you can make in your golf game is taking golf lessons. I speak from experience on this, as I benefited greatly from lessons I purchased from a PGA teaching professional several years ago.
After fighting my swing for an entire year trying to teach myself how to play golf, buying a package of six lessons from a club pro was a huge help to my overall game. Whenever my game goes a little haywire, I refer back to the fundamentals I learned from those valuable instructions. Golf lessons will provide a solid foundation that is necessary for your overall game to reach its highest potential.
Our goal with this article is to give you a complete guide to golf lessons. We will explore how much golf lessons cost, where to get them, and other helpful tips regarding golf lessons. We hope this article will help you decide if taking golf lessons is right for you.
How Much are Golf Lessons?
The average rate for a 1-hour golf lesson is $55. However, it can range anywhere from $30-$150 per hour. Several factors go into pricing golf lessons, such as length of session, part of the country you reside in, and your instructor’s reputation, experience, and credentials.
Obviously, a 30-minute golf lesson is going to cost less than an hour-long session. While opting for the less expensive option may sound like a good idea, keep in mind that it takes many practice reps for the lessons to stick. The longer length lessons tend to work better for most folks because it enables more time to reinforce the new tips that the instructor has taught you.
Shorter-length lessons may work better for seasoned golfers that simply need a quick tune-up of their skills. Also, shorter length sessions could be a good option for folks that are on a limited budget. Just remember that any instruction is better than no instruction.
Location: Where You Live and Where You Take Lessons
Where you live also factors into the price you pay for lessons. Higher cost of living states like California and New York normally have higher priced golf lessons than Texas and Florida. Unfortunately, there is no way around these geographical factors.
Also, the location you want to have the lesson matters. For example, if you want a golf instructor to come to your home, they will likely have to tack on an extra charge to account for the travel. Obviously, if you meet the instructor at their normal place of business, like their course’s driving range, this is a non-issue.
The Instructor’s Reputation and Experience
Are you familiar with the old saying, ‘you get what you pay for’? That applies to golf lessons as well. Teaching pros who have won lots of awards or spent some time on the PGA Tour will cost more than other instructors. This does not necessarily mean that ex-pros make the best teachers, though.
Playing the game of golf and teaching the game of golf are two completely different skill sets. There are plenty of talented golfers who lack the communication skills necessary to teach the game properly. Ideally, you want to find an instructor with a good reputation, a decent level of experience, and can display impeccable listening and teaching skills.
Save Money by Purchasing Golf Lessons in a Package
Most instructors offer generous discounts if you commit to purchasing a package of golf lessons. It is not uncommon for some instructors to charge $90 for one single lesson, but knock their rate down to $75 per session if you buy lessons in packs of four sessions. A rookie golfer should definitely opt for a package deal if they can afford it because it often takes a few sessions before seeing a great deal of improvement.
Where to Get Golf Lessons
Websites like lessons.com, yelp.com, or even pga.com can give you a long list of professional instructors in your area. While there is nothing at all wrong with going the online route to find a teaching pro, we recommend simply talking with the club pro at the course you play the most often. There is no substitute for an in-person conversation.
Almost every golf course out there employs a teaching pro. The next time you are in the pro shop, ask him or her about what type of golf lesson packages they offer. See if they have time for a quick consultation (almost all instructors will do this for no charge) so you can ask them a few questions regarding their lessons. By having this chat with the golf pro and learning their personality, you’ll get a feel as to if they would be a good fit to teach you.
Golf Lessons for Kids
Did you know that some kids start learning the game of golf as young as 18 months old? That definitely seems a bit young to be swinging clubs. However, The Littlest Golfer makes clubs for kids that range from 18 months to three years old! Gee, talk about starting them early (haha)!
Buying golf lessons for your child could be a great idea. Establishing sound fundamentals at an early age could be a huge advantage to your kid’s overall game. Just make sure they are truly interested enough in the game, and never force them to take up golf just because it’s your favorite hobby.
What age should I get my kid golf lessons?
The answer to that question depends on a variety of factors. Do they truly enjoy the game? Do they have a desire to improve? Are they able to safely swing a golf club? Do they have a long enough attention span to make it through an entire lesson? All of these questions need to be taken into consideration before signing up for golf lessons.
Some experts say that you can teach your child some golf basics in your backyard around the age of seven. As far as formal lessons with a professional instructor, most folks opt to wait until the child is around 12 years of age. The number one rule should be to make sure that your kid is always having fun learning golf.
Start by purchasing only one lesson with a club pro that you trust. If your kid is enjoying it, then maybe buy a package of lessons. If the lesson stresses them out (which can happen), consider waiting another year or two before going full force on the lessons.
When deciding on a golf instructor for your child, make sure that they have experience working with children. Obviously, there is a major difference between teaching kids and teaching grown adults.
Online Golf Lessons
Did you know that you can receive quality golf instructions on the internet now? Online golf lessons have been around for several years, but they really started to catch on during the Covid-19 pandemic. More and more folks realize that it is possible to work with golf instructors from anywhere in the world with modern-day technology.
Here are some of the places on the web that offer online golf lessons:
1. Me And My Golf
Me And My Golf was started by two PGA teaching professionals named Piers Ward and Andy Proudman. These guys are both highly accomplished and have spent some time with PGA greats like Rory McIlory and Dustin Johnson. Their website offers 12 different coaching plans for golfers to choose from, and each plan length is anywhere from four to eight weeks. They stand behind their products by offering a Free 7-day trial to anyone who signs up. The rates to access their huge video library are only $149 per year or $19.99 per month.
They also have one of the best YouTube channels with free videos you can check out here.
2. Top Speed Golf
Top Speed Golf was started by a teaching pro named Clay Ballard. Ballard has assembled a team of ten different coaches to offer online golf lessons through both videos and individual instructions. The team also offers in-person lessons. This site is best known for its Top Speed Golf System, which focuses on breaking down the golf swing into five simple aspects: Stable and Fluid Spine, Power Turn, Top Speed Lag, Compression Line, and Straight-Line Release. Package prices are affordable for any golfer’s budget ($77 per year or $17 a month). A free section of videos is also available on the site for folks to check out some of their basic content before purchasing any online lessons.
Clay Ballard’s Top Speed Golf also has a ton of free videos on YouTube you can check out here.
3. Wisdom In Golf
Shawn Clement’s Wisdom In Golf is no stranger to the online golf instruction world. Clement’s free instructional videos are immensely popular on YouTube and have helped thousands of golfers. Clement’s personal instruction is not cheap, but that is because he is well-known and has a sterling reputation as being one of the best online golf teachers. The price for a 30-minute swing review is almost $200. Clement asks golfers to send in a video of their swing as well as some other details. After studying your video, Clement will personally call you to discuss how to best improve your swing. If you are looking for personal instruction from one of the best in the business, Clement may be your guy!
Do online golf lessons really help improve your game?
Yes, online golf lessons provide several benefits to golfers seeking to take their game to the next level. One of the major benefits of online lessons is that they are normally cheaper than in-person instruction. Another benefit to online golf lessons is that you are free to go at your own pace and on your own schedule.
What are some drawbacks to online golf lessons?
In my opinion, online golf lessons can be helpful, but nothing beats in-person instruction. With most online golf lessons, you do not receive immediate feedback after each swing like you do in person. Also, teaching the fundamentals of the golf swing like grip, proper alignment, and shoulder/hip rotation usually requires an instructor’s physical touch to show the student exactly how to perform the movement.
Another drawback to online golf lessons is that it requires a higher level of discipline that some folks do not possess. You have to make yourself watch the videos and perform the practice drills without the supervision of a trusty coach looking over your shoulder. It is simply too easy for some golfers to skip practice sessions when they do not have a set appointment with an in-person instructor.
Heading to the Clubhouse: A Final Word on Golf Lessons
Remember, there is no magic pill or perfect instructor that will automatically make you blast a drive 300 yards down the center of the fairway. Professional golf instructors can only provide tips and guidance. They cannot put in the practice time on the range for you.
It is the golf teacher’s job to show you tips to improve your game. It is your job to reinforce those tips and make sure they stick. After all, the ancient saying of “if you don’t use it, you lose it” is definitely true for the golf swing. Until next time, keep on pounding buckets at the practice range!