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Golf is a sport with perhaps more nuances than any other. The golf course can be firm one day and soft the next and require a completely different approach. What's more, it can be extremely difficult for the average golfer to gain all the knowledge needed to adjust to these changes and properly attack every golf shot.
Because experience is such an enormous factor, the articles provided below are written by professional golfers with decades of experience inside the ropes. The goal is to put their knowledge in your hands. From mastering flop shots to lag putting and booming drives, we cover it all. Never again will you stand over a shot and be uncertain of what you should do after reading these articles. As our network of professional golfers continues to expand, we will continue to publish the most informative golf instruction articles anywhere.
Golf Lesson Costs
The price of a golf lesson is affected by many things. The education level of the instructor, practice facility, and geography all factor into the equation. Pricing is generally higher near major cities but that is not the controlling factor in the price you pay. 70-80% of your cost is based on the quality of the instructor you wish to hire.
Golf Lesson Cost Chart (scroll right for data)
|PGA Classification Level|
|Golf Professional||Uncertified Teaching Professional||Class A Teaching Professional||Head Profesional (Class A Certified)||Apprentice (Class B Certified)|
|1 Hour Lesson||$50-$90||$65-$175||$75-$200||$50-$100|
|30 Minute Lesson (when available)||$25-$50||$40-$80||$50-$100||$30-$50|
|Group Lessons (Series of 5, when available)||$225-$400||$400-$650||$600-$1000||$250-$450|
Instructors continue to improve themselves through certification programs aimed at increasing their overall knowledge about the game of golf.
- Class A Certification - Class A certification is the highest level of certification offered by the PGA of America. A Class A certified teaching professional has passed the PGA of America certification program and can charge more per lesson because of that expertise. There is no need to inquire about a golf professional's certification level. You can see it in their job title. A head professional at a golf course will always be Class A certified while their assistants are usually still working their way through the program. Teaching professionals at a PGA of America facility will also have a Class A Certification.
- Class B Certification - A Class B Certification most often refers to an instructor that is working as an apprentice to a head golf professional at a local club. Class B instructors are usually in the process of earning their Class A certification and working directly under the supervision of a Class A certified instructor is the only way to accomplish that task. These instructors are often young, hungry and motivated. They can provide a tremendous value for almost any student but are especially useful to the golfer who is looking to gain knowledge without incurring a premium cost. Class B instructors typically charge less for lessons than instructors with higher classifications but don't let the cheaper cost decieve you. These are quality instructors who know the game very well. They are often a steal at their reduced price. Act quickly, though, as these golf instructors will soon work their way through the PGA of America program and be able to fetch top dollar for their lessons.
- Uncertified Teaching Professional - There are some who have become high level teaching instructors without going through the PGA of America Certification Program. These are most often former players who have spent their lives in and around the game of golf. You will hear about these instructors through word of mouth and they can often be very good despite their lack of certification. Be careful, though, and make sure that your uncertified professional comes highly recommended and have had success with previous students. The price these professionals change can vary greatly and without official certification it can be difficult for students to determine their quality before they take a lesson. User Reviews are the only way to ensure quality with uncertified professionals.
- Trackman Certification - A trackman certified instructor is an expert at using a launch monitor. The launch monitor is by far the most underrated tool by the general public. Historically, the launch monitor has not been readily available to the public. Within the last ten years, however, technology has continued to improve and made launch monitors such as Trackman more easily accessable. Launch monitors can tell you so many things about your golf game that you simply can't see with the naked eye. They analyze spin rate, swing path, launch angle, and many other key variables. A Trackman Certified instructor can help interpret these numbers and guide you in the direction you need to improve your golf game. This mix of instruction and technology is extremely valuable to students of all skill levels.
- Aim Point Certification - An Aim Point Certified instructor, put simply, is a putting specialist. Aim point is fairly new approach to reading greens and making putts and has shown great value to many golfers in recent years. It is very rare to find an Aim Point Certified instructor. As such, these instructors often fetch top dollar for their highly specialized skills. If you're a novus golfer, your money could probably be better spent elsewhere. For the advanced golfer looking to get an edge over the competition, though, Aim Point Certified Instructors can provide useful insight that is difficult to find anywhere else.
The practice facility an instructor teaches out of directly affects their overhead cost. Many high quality instructors teach from some unremarkable practice facilities to help keep the cost down for their students. While the practice facility is not of paramount importance, it is important to know what to expect when you pay different prices for golf lessons.
- Range Balls - Every quality instructor includes range balls in the cost of their lesson. At a bare minimum, you should expect to get a free bucket of golf balls with your next golf lesson. If you pay 60 dollars or less for a 1 hour lesson with an instructor, don't expect the range balls to be very high quality. Most of the money you are paying for a lesson at this price is for the knowledge of the instructor. If your lesson is priced near 100 dollars or higher, you should expect high quality range balls to come with it.
- Turf - Well-maintained turf is expensive. For lessons in the lower price range (less than 60 dollars/hour), you can expect to be practicing off of matts. If you do find an instructor in this price range who teaches off grass, do not expect that grass to be well-maintained. You are paying for the instructor, not the facility. The more expensive the lesson is the more you should expect the quality of the turf to improve. If you pay more than 150 dollars for a lesson from a premium instructor, you should expect to be practicing at a country club quality facility with fantastic turf and an overall environment of high quality golf.
- Crowds - The more expensive the lesson, the less crowded you should expect the course to be. Many instructors have an area of the range designated specifically for professional golf instruction away from the crowds. Once again, if you are getting a lesson for a relatively low cost this may not be the case. You may end up practicing amongst the masses if you get a lesson at a public golf course from a lower cost instructor. If you're paying a premium price, though, expect to have an area of the range all to yourself where you can absorb the information from your instructor and enjoy the day.
- Chipping Greens - Many public driving ranges do not come with a chipping green. Remember, if you are taking a lesson for a relatively low cost there are things that you sacrifice and this may be one of them. If you are specifically looking for a chipping lesson, you may want to take this into account when booking your instructor. All high-end facilities will have a chipping green that you can practice on as a perk of the premium lesson price you will pay to learn there. Some lower end facilites may also have chipping greens but it is certainly not a guarantee. Inquire with your instructor if this is a point of concern so you know exactly what you're getting before you show up.
- Putting Greens - Virtually every practice facility has a putting green of some sort on the premises. If you are learning at a public course where your lesson cost is low, the quality of the putting surfaces can be hit or miss. Good greens should not be expected when you pay a low price for a lesson. If you are paying over 100 dollars, though, you should expect to be at a facility that has fantastic greens. Often these options can be the best choice for golfers who want to improve their putting with quality instruction.
The price of a golf lesson varies dramatically across the country and amongst individual instructors. You can expect different things depending on the price you pay.
- Less Than $60/hour - For this price you can get a quality golf lesson but you will certainly be sacrificing some things. The practice facility may be crowded and the range balls may not be very high quality. Often your instructor will be in the early stages of the PGA Certification program. These types of lessons can often be the very best value for those who want to learn the basics of golf and don't want to pay through the nose to do so. If you are over and 18 handicap, this least expensive option is probably going to be the best bang for your buck.
- $60 - $90/hour - This is the average range for most golf lessons. You can expect high quality instruction, a relatively good practice facility, and a generally pleasant experience. Most instructors in this price range have a Class A certification or have over 10 years experience in the business or both. You can feel comfortable that you're getting a very high value for your dollars in this range.
- $100 - $200/hour - These will be premium lessons from premium instructors. Instructors in this price range will be Class A certified and have decades of experience. The practice facility will have the highest quality turf and range balls and should also have practice areas that allow you to work on all parts of your game. These instructors should not be booked by the beginning golfer. The beginner will probably not get their money's worth unless ambiance is highly important to them. Rather, they should be booked by serious golfers who are looking for more than a rudimentary undertanding of the basics fo the game.
The beginning golfer shouldn't make the mistake of thinking that more expensive is better. All instructors can help the beginning golfer so it is often best for students of this skill level to go with the cheapest option. For intermediate to advanced golfers, the price you pay will increase largely based on the expertise of the instructor. The more specific the expertise (e.g. Trackman certified, Aim Point Certified, etc.) the more expensive the lesson will be. These specific areas of expertise are extremely valuable and can help golfers refine their games once they've reached a level of overall competency. Golf instruction can be extremely valuable to all golfers and having an awareness of your own ability level and what to expect from different instructors can go a long way towards saving you money while achieving your goals.
Golf is an athletic game based in geometry and physics. The outcome of most golf shots is determined before you take the club back. Even the best golfers in the world have a difficult time hitting the ball consistently when their setup is off. Learn how to set up square every time.
Eighty percent of players don't want to play on difficult days. They spend all their time thinking about how difficult the conditions are instead of constructing solutions. Accepting your surroundings and adapting to the conditions will give you an edge over the competition.
The USGA Rules of Golf are 200 pages long. It can get a little confusing with that many rules and decisions flying around. Learn some of the nuances of golf rules with these quick tips.
Bunkers can vary dramatically from course to course. If a player uses the exact same setup for a bunker shot out of extremely fluffy sand as they do out of compact sand, they will experience wildly different results. Learn how to tackle all types of bunker shots.
Any golf course can be challenging one day and easy the next. Fast and firm conditions will always be more challenging than soft and slow. Be very aware of the course conditions before you tee off and learn how to adapt to all the challenges the course may present.
While amateurs probably don't have time to go through all the rigors of preparing as a professional would, there are some relatively easy things you can do to prepare for your next tournament. Preparation for playing a particular golf course begins with your practice round.
Just about every year, club companies come out with the latest and greatest driver (according to them). Every time they do, they claim that this driver is 10 to 20 yards longer than last year's model or the competition's. But they say this every year. That would mean if you bought a new driver each year for 5 years you would hit it 50 – 100 yards longer by the fifth year. Obviously, truth in marketing isn't without its grey areas.
If you're looking for more than just an estimation what your strengths and weaknesses on the course are, keep stats for yourself. It is helpful to keep stats on total putts, greens in regulation, fairways in regulation, sand saves, and up and downs. Set your own goals both before and during your next round and you'll soon experience the elevation in your game.
Swinging hard does not necessarily correlate with greater club head speed. In fact, it often decreases clubhead speed. Have you heard someone say "I barely swung at that ball and it went farther than my normal one." Why is that? When someone feels they swing within themselves and stay on balance, they have better timing and usually hit the ball more solid. It is important to always swing to balance in order to create speed.
A shank occurs when you strike the golf ball on the hosel of the club. The hosel is the part of the club that connects the shaft and club head together. The result will be a wild golf shot that squirts to the right (for righties) and slices even further right. To understand the solution we must first understand the cause of the problem.
Most golfers don't pay much attention to the type of grass on the greens; not realizing how different types of grass will affect their ball. From bermuda to bent, we are going to cover all the different types of grass on the greens and how to putt your best on them.
The flop shot gets a bad rap. People often view it as an extremely risky shot that is only to be tried when you have no other choice. But if you really want to shoot low scores, the flop shot is a must have. It is not to be feared but relished as a weapon that can save your round.
If you are like most people, you dread going into a fairway bunker because you usually hit a poor shot. We've got two ways for you to tackle this issue. Try both techniques to see which one best suits your game. Above all else, you must hit the ball before you hit the sand.
It's not the flashiest shot in world, but there isn't a great player who has ever lived who didn't master the bump and run. This is the high percentage shot to play when there is nothing in your way. No bunkers or other obstacles to carry it over, just room for your ball to run.
Here is a list of items to have in your bag at all times. Some of these will be quite obvious and others will not. Don't mock the obvious ones because plenty of people who have run out of golf balls during a round. The items listed are all light take up very little space.
Long putts are something that we all get while playing and they need to be practiced because they can save you strokes. Being able to 2-putt from long range allows you to play safe when you're in trouble off the tee. When it comes to lag putting, distance control is everything.
Makable putts present their own challenges. The challenge is to give the putt a chance to go in while minimizing the risk of three putting. Different putts require different approaches to speed and line. The key is finding a balance between the two. Here's how to do it.
Playing golf with absolutely no wind is rare. When the wind is strong and blowing sideways it makes the shot more difficult and takes an understanding of how the ball will react when both riding the wind and working the ball against the wind.
It is important to know what elevation you're playing at because altitude can play a huge role in how far or short your ball will travel. If you're playing golf in an unfamiliar location, look up the elevation before you play. It could make all the difference.
The 2,3 and 4 irons are useless to the average golfer. They force golfers to change their swings in order to get the ball up in the air and the results are rarely good. Luckily, there is an easy solution to this problem. Throw out your long irons and get yourself a hybrid.
Nobody is intrinsically confident in golf. It is only after you have seen a bunch of golf balls fly in the air that you can begin to build any confidence about where it will go the next time. You practice. You get better. You become more confident.
Cross-handed putting can be very beneficial when executed properly. It all depends on your preference. This style has many benefits and only a few drawbacks. If it's good enough for the best player in the world, Jordan Spieth, it's worth giving a try.
Drive for show and putt for dough is what they say. But one of the most important ingredients to a successful round of golf is good position off the tee. If you are constantly in the rough, it is very difficult to get the ball close to the hole.
Some things aren't in our control when it comes to the game of golf. Mud on the ball is one of them. Mud can make your golf ball do crazy things in the air. Understanding why the ball is reacting the way it does will help you to conquer the dreaded mud ball.
Fried egg, buried lie, plugged. Call it what you want, when you find your ball embedded in its own pitch mark in a sand trap, things can get interesting quickly. You cannot hit this shot like a normal bunker shot. Here are two methods for tackling this difficult situation.
Can't stop picking up your head? When golfers lift their head up early it is usually the result of some other issue. Use the tips we gave Diane to help your game.
If your hips move laterally in the backswing you will not be able to coil properly and store power. Learn how to coil against your right side.
Take a look at how well PGA Tour Member Brandt Snedeker keeps his club on plane throughout the swing.