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#1 hangontight

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 01:43 PM

Jumping off from other threads ,lots of good feedback on what to look for in types of instructors , specifically for juniors.  So, please share your instructor recomendations- where they are (city, club), and your (juniors) experience.  Maybe detail if they are best for beginners, intermediate, or advanced instruction.


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 02:39 PM

This going to depend a lot on a lot things. I hesitate to recommend instructors publicly for a lot reasons. The biggest being is the same instructor is not perfect or available to everyone.

For one some people simple can afford higher instruction or they live in an area where there really are not good instructors for their game.

The first thing you should ask any instructor is have they taught Juniors and see how they actually instruct. Some people shouldn't teach kids. The second thing you should do is go online and see what you can about them.

For one make sure they don't score above 90 in tournaments. It is much more common then you think as a lot instructors teach so much but do nothing with their own game.  They don't have to be tour winners but you don't want someone who never played at a high level. You can go online and see what they have done and see what tournaments they played.

The second thing is verify there a class A pro not just an apprentice who never broke 80. If you can't break 80 you have no business teaching kids who want to compete. They are good for the weekend golfer who just had back surgery and they help them get back on the course.  You can usually tell who they are because they hold a video camera and talk all day about swing technique.   Learn they are just a waste of time for kids. Find someone else soon otherwise it will cost you more money to correct their bad advice later on.

good teachers teach how to get the ball in hole not swing technique most of those teachers also work usually for themselves and not anyone else. You will find them in the better golf courses and driving ranges not always. The worst ones are usually in mid to high range county clubs and just have classes to baby sit kids.

To find a coach in your area Look around and follow top juniors on facebook or there websites a lot times you will hear the same instructors mentioned.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 02:52 PM

Some Good points I guess, but still think recommendations are hepful.  Of course any one instructor isn’t going to be a perfect fit for every student. But it’s nice to read recs or reviews of different drivers, or a hotel, or a type of car.  It’s a place to start.  If someone on here says “hey my kid had a great experience with ________ at XYZ golf club in SC., and here is why....”, then that is a very helpful place to start.  Maybe it will end up being a good fit, maybe not.

“Go online and see what you can about them” ....good advice, this forum is great for that.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:13 PM

View Posthangontight, on 14 May 2018 - 02:52 PM, said:

Some Good points I guess, but still think recommendations are hepful.  Of course any one instructor isn’t going to be a perfect fit for every student. But it’s nice to read recs or reviews of different drivers, or a hotel, or a type of car.  It’s a place to start.  If someone on here says “hey my kid had a great experience with ________ at XYZ golf club in SC., and here is why....”, then that is a very helpful place to start.  Maybe it will end up being a good fit, maybe not.

“Go online and see what you can about them” ....good advice, this forum is great for that.

Here is the thing if ask around almost everyone at a given club  will recommend the local guy at the club as a great teacher. The truth is most of them are awful teachers for kids and even you.

A good way to narrow it down is first figure the biggest hole in your kids game and then compile a list locally who can help. Narrow that list down based on reading up about them  and there overall approach to golf .   Just reading a website will eliminate a lot based on what your looking for.

Once you do that you will have a list of 4 or 5 instructors do a deep dive into them. Hopefully they have you tube videos for you to watch. If it makes sense get your kid to watch and see if they get it. If they do contact them and see if they respond if they do move forward if they ignore you or have an assistant call look elsewhere before committing to them.

That list is different for every kid. Perhaps some instructors will chime in here. But i am firm believer that have an instructor that fits you just like you would a club. I

Edited by tiger1873, 14 May 2018 - 05:15 PM.


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