Group or Private Lesson?
If you are new to golf you may be wondering if you should start with a group lesson or a private lesson. Both are great options. If you are social and want to make some golf friends while learning then a group lesson is for you. I have been teaching a Ladies Group Class for over a year now and it is a lot of fun not only for me but for the ladies. They not only learn golf together but they laugh together and of course they challenge each other when they play on the course together.
Group lessons are also a great way to introduce children to golf. I teach a number of the junior classes that are offered at Okeeheelee Golf Course on Saturday as well as the Homeschool Group Golf on Tuesday at Park Ridge and I have found that most kids who try, stick with it because they get better each week.
When I teach in a group setting, I provide instructions to the group as a whole but then I do my best to provide individual feedback to each student. At times, I notice some real talent and I may speak to the parent about adding a private lesson to their schedule. During a private lesson, I can provide specific coaching based on the student's abilities but it is more costly than a series of group lessons. The additional cost does come with the added benefit of a faster progression of learning.
Many of my junior students participate in a weekly group class and schedule private lessons on a regular basis. If the junior has aspirations of playing to earn a college scholarship, private lessons are always beneficial. As for my adult students, most prefer private lessons.
In my mind, how you get started with golf is not important, making the choice to get started is the real decision. Everything else will fall into place the way it should. Please reach out to me if you have specific questions or concerns.
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