For most of its history, golf was a game for wealthy gentlemen. It was played on exclusive courses and cost an arm and a leg (for most people) to play the game on a regular basis. Today, golf lessons are more affordable even with a private instructor, they are accessible and offer many of the same benefits of other sports. In addition, the game is enjoyed by a wide variety of people from different social and economic backgrounds. It is now a game for the common man. Retirees love golf for its social opportunities especially if they can live near a good facility.
To find a good golf instructor, you don’t need to join a country club or pay greens fees in the hundreds of dollars to play great golf courses on a regular basis. Many municipal facilities are surprisingly affordable and offer high-quality, challenging courses. Look for executive courses, which feature shorter holes, and often only one, nine-hole golf course. The fees at many executive courses are less than $20.
Furthermore, you don’t need to commit to several hours to play golf. You can have lots of fun each week taking driving range lessons or just working on your putting or pitching. You can work on several aspects of your game while simulating on the teaching course.
You can hire the top pros as your instructor as you advance in your game and find you require more specific expertise. Most courses and country clubs will indulge you and find a good match if you describe your game and current goals. Ask your friends whom they recommend at the start. You will pay according to the level of the pro you hire, so consider what you need at this point in your game and be realistic. You can change up if you don’t find the pro is a good match for your skills or you don’t share compatible personalities. You want someone who is tolerant with beginnings, pushes you to get ahead, and is sympathetic and encouraging. You want someone to help you select the right clubs and know the dynamics of each type. If you want classic instruction or more of an individualized approach, be clear on your specifications. No two golf instructors are exactly alike. Whoever you hire, you are likely to enjoy the experience. After all, you are in the great outdoors with plenty of fresh air, you are making friends, getting exercise, and keeping fit. What more could you want from your golf practice?