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When should I take golf lessons

The PGA of America
The PGA of America

Series: Already Golf

Published: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.

Does your boomerang slice or sweeping hook have you feeling down? Then it’s time to turn that frown upside down.

Taking golf lessons from a PGA Professional is the single best way to improve your game. The PGA Professional is uniquely skilled at evaluating your game and can help you:

  • Hit the ball longer and straighter
  • Play better on and around the greens
  • Improve your course management skills, and  
  • Make sure your equipment properly fits you

All of this can lead to lower scores and a more fun.


There are three primary types of instruction – private lessons, group lessons and clinics. In a private lesson, you’re the only student working with the PGA Professional. Group lessons may provide a more comfortable learning environment.

If you’re not sure if you’re ready for a lesson, consider attending a golf clinic hosted by a PGA Professional. Golf clinics are typically offered during group golf outings and usually focus on a single topic, such as bunker play, chipping, putting, or the full swing. A big difference between a clinic and a lesson is that during a clinic, you’re watching the PGA Professional explain how he/she would hit certain shots, rather than you actually hitting the shot yourself. 

This can also be a non-intimidating way to socialize with other golfers.

In short, if you want to play better golf … take a lesson. Playing better golf will make the game more enjoyable and allow you to experience hitting more shots exactly the way you envision it.