You Don't Need a Golf Lesson

By John Giatropoulos
Last Updated: 06/08/2016

You don't need a golf lesson. Right? I mean, it's just some guy looking at my swing and telling me to keep my head down...right?

Wrong.

The times have changed. Years ago, golf lessons were just that. A PGA Certified Instructor (if you were lucky) would watch you hit some balls, and then impart some golf wisdom upon you that you would listen to, nod, and then forget when you left the range never to remember again.

"He said something about rotation...or was it pronation?"

Nowadays you have options:

  1. You can find a credible, PGA Certified Instructor to take a look at your swing. You might get some nice tips, leave him or her a nice tip, and be on your way. This will cost you anywhere from $60-150 bucks. But what if you forget what they said? Or maybe they told you something that wasn't true? Not intentionally of course, but the human eye isn't the most accurate tool at high speeds.
  2. You can go to a golf school. This is a bit more pricey, but you will get hands on instruction from great professionals, typically in a group setting. This might be a 2-3 day excursion, ranging anywhere from a few hundred bucks to over a thousand. This could be fun, takes some planning and some cash, and is reserved for golfers who either have money to burn or are looking to get serious and need some hands on help.
  3. You can go get your swing analyzed from your local pro or from a golf retail facility. This is getting closer to the ideal. Computers can see what humans can't. This is why "analysis" has come into the forefront in the last decade. You will get a nice analysis, swing reviewed by a computer with human contact explaining  what you are doing wrong. Nice. This might cost anywhere from $60-150 bucks for a standard analysis.

All of these options are great. I am truly a fan of instruction. I went to a camp to get myself started into golf when I was 13. Loved it. I made some great friends, learned a few things, got food poisoning, got hit in the stomach with a sliced 3-iron and topped it off with heat exhaustion. Really. But I seriously had a good time aside from the bad bits, and learned some things. It got me started.

All of the options also take time, money and a bit of pride (let's face it, chunking a ball in front of a group isn't exactly ideal).

Before you head out to get some in person instruction and drop a hundred bucks or more, get yourself started by submitting your video to Swingbot.

The benefits of getting a Swingbot Lesson are as follows:

  1. You don't have to leave your house
  2. It's cheaper than a bucket of balls.
  3. You'll get your analysis typically the same day.
  4. Your analysis is based on knowledge from PGA Certified Instructors (the kind you and I probably can't afford).
  5. Your lesson is available online, on your iPhone/iPad so you can check it out and watch the instructional videos whenever you want (think downtime at the office).
  6. You can submit swings over time and compare your progress.

So before you take a date to Top Golf and embarrass yourself or meet a client on that private golf course, do yourself a favor, and download the Swingbot iPhone app or submit your video via email.