Golf Instruction and Tips To Help You With Your Game
Golf instruction involves the teaching and learning of the game of golf.
Proficiency in teaching golf instruction requires not only technical and physical ability, but also knowledge of the rules and etiquette of the game. Golf instruction is best performed by recognized teachers certified by the relevant bodies; in the United States, the recommended teachers are those who are PGA Class A Professionals although many of the greatest teachers are not affiliated to the PGA . Instructors use a combination of physical conditioning, mental visualization, classroom sessions, club fitting, driving range instruction, on-course play under real conditions, and review of videotaped swings in slow motion to teach golf.
Beginning players typically receive a series of lessons, in either a group or individual setting, covering the fundamentals of the golf swing and aspects of pitching, chipping, and putting. Golf is an unilateral exercise that can break body balances, requiring also adequate exercises to keep the balance in muscles. Experienced recreational players often return for instruction, either to fix a specific problem they are encountering or to improve their game. Reconstruction of a golf swing to reach a high level of play often involves series of lessons over an extended period of time. Junior golfers often begin receiving instruction by age 10 or younger, and often retain private teachers even when coached on a high school golf team.
Some top instructors who work with professional golfers have become quite well known in their own right over the years, including Tiger Woods moving from Butch Harmon to various other instructors.
Recreational golfers are constantly seeking tips on how to improve, and the major golf publications such as Peter Kostis.
Golf instruction may be augmented by training aids such as specially weighting or jointed clubs, putting cups for practice on the den room carpet, mini practice tees with feedback for use in garages, and so forth. Some training aids are sold via television Tin Cup.
Golf instruction is no guarantee of success or improved play in the game. Bad mechanics can be deeply ingrained in a subject’s swing, and psychological factors can also hinder progress. The 2009 Golf Channel program The Haney Project: Charles Barkley showcased some of these issues, as Hank Haney attempted to fix former NBA great Charles Barkley’s infamously bad swing.
- Ahn Hyejung (November 11, 2012), World Class Fitness Trainers, John Sitaras, Golf Digest (Korean edition)
- Rudy, Matthew (March 2009). “The Haney Project: Can Hank Haney fix this swing?”. Golf Digest. http://www.golfdigest.com/instruction/2009/03/charlesbarkley. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
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