Improving your game at some point will involve instruction. Make no mistake, however, it is a myth that any certified pro can be an instructor. It's almost like saying that anyone who gets an 'A' in Algebra can teach Math. It's just not that simple.
To find an instructor that is right for you, you must first start by doing a little self-evaluation. Ask yourself these questions before seeking the help of a professional!
- What level of golfer am I? (beginner, intermediate, aspiring pro)
- Do I need to become more disciplined or do I need someone to help me ease up?
- Do I respond better to playing while I learn or simply listening and watching?
By addressing these issues in your game, you will be able to select an instructor that is the best fit for you. Once you have gotten the answers to these questions start asking your golfing partners who they think would best suit your needs. Call the local driving ranges and golf courses to find out how many instructors they have. If they have more than one instructor, ask them who they would recommend for a beginner, for an intermediate and for an advanced golfer. Make your choice accordingly. If they recommend several, ask how many lessons, on average, each gives per week. If they are all full time, opt for the one who does the most instruction. There is a good reason they teach more than anyone else. Take advantage of local knowledge and pick your instructor accordingly.
Remember, however, that keeping one instructor for life, while comforting, can greatly impede your game. Just like a weightlifter in the gym switches up their routine to get better results, you need to get new and different views on your swing and how it can be improved.
We hope you find the right instructor for your game and if not, just keep chili dipping it around all eighteen and enjoy the scenery.