Now that spring has sprung and golf courses are set to open, many golfers will have visions in their head of how much better they will play this season. We have touched on various equipment topics in past articles this winter. Technology certainly has come a long way and advances in golf ball and club design have made it easier to ‘buy a game’. However, there is no substitute for golf lessons. It will do you no good to buy a brand new set of clubs if your swing changes radically from day to day. Thus, it makes sense to take lessons or practice occasionally to develop a consistent swing (this doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good golfer, just that you have a solid foundation to work from). After that, properly custom fit equipment can augment your game and send you down the road to improvement.
Taking golf lessons can be an awkward experience. You will certainly be exposed with no place to hide on the practice range. But please be aware that your local PGA of Canada professional has seen many beginners and other golfers needing a tuneup. The path to improvement starts with having a trained set of experienced eyes guiding you to make adjustments and set up a practice routine.
Please do your instructor a favor when you show up to your appointment. Warm up just prior to the lesson so that you are in the groove and have a consistent motion engrained. Then you can get to the heart of the lesson and make the most of your time together. Believe me when I say that one of the most frustrating parts of giving a lesson is when your student is using a ‘fake’ swing. What I mean is that sometimes a student will change their swing to what they think is more aesthetically pleasing to the instructor. This defeats the purpose of getting instruction! Use your authentic swing (as ugly or bad as you may think it is!) so that your instructor can readily identify the major points to focus on.
Finally, to get the most out of your lesson, please practice what you worked on! Remember that a lesson is a partnership. The instructor has a duty to impart wisdom and knowledge to the student, and the student has a duty to practice what is being taught so that progress is being made. When an instructor has a student that doesn’t do their part and make an effort to improve, it makes subsequent lessons less effective since a lot of time is wasted in just ‘catching up’ from the prior lesson. This doesn’t do the instructor or student any good!
I wish you well on your quest to make 2018 your best golf year yet!

Dan Warwaruk, Golf Operations Manger
Kokanee Springs Resort