Real Muthaphuckkin G -
If you truly want to improve, you absolutely need lessons and to then go away and drill it. Same as any other sport you play to be fair.
Golf can be sooo tempting to just pick up and go if you are already a decent standard golfer around the 10 mark.
The guys I play with who are all playing from 3-8 handicap routinely have lessons. One of our mates who plays +2 and just recently turned back to an ammy, has a 30min session every few weeks to keep sharp.
This. I haven't been to a range in a decade. You dorks telling these guys to hit 100's of balls every week is ridiculous. They will not get better. Take a lessen. Learn the 5 fundamentals and then play actual rounds.
THE RANGE IS A WASTE OF TIME AND AS YOU AGE YOU ARW JUST GOING TO HURT YOURSELF.
My game has improved dramatically by going to the range, picking up tips, watching others, watching videos.....then practicing those things. Again, the guy just started, he's shooting in the 110's at least and that's probably not keeping true score for drops and shit, everything he needs to learn right now he can do on his own if he isn't a complete moron and can follow video instructions and monkey see monkey do.
I was shooting those scores too and I'm on the verge of being in the high 90's. I'm also coming from a lifetime of baseball, I played through my whole childhood, then beer league softball in my 20's/30's and I've been coaching now for a few years. Plus I was a power hitter so my muscle memory is programmed for baseball....I was able to correct it and I'm a golfer now.
Lessons are awesome, no one is putting down getting lessons from a club pro or anything, it's just that right now they are going to be teaching him shit he can actually learn on his own, when he's in his 90's like you were and like FETT_Lay'n'PrayNINJA was then those lessons give you the most bang for your buck because they can teach you things you aren't going to learn on your own or are much harder to learn from instructional videos....unless the guy has a ton of disposable income and money is no object then of course have at it, but if he's middle America like most of us he'll get more out of lessons later.
My issue with waiting to take lessons is how easy it is to develop a really bad swing on your own. Then how much harder it is to overcome that bad muscle memory.
I totally agree that RMG is way off point arguing to not go to the range. Thats absurd as a new golfer. 90% of your time as a newgolfer should be practicing and 10% playing.
I just regret trying to be self taught for years before getting lessons. Start rightaway is my opinion. They will get your grip and set up correct, then the basic mechanix set.
That 500 bucks in the begginer stages is way more valuable imo than buying clubs or spending it on 10 rounds of golf.
You could be right....I'm just not convinced for me. I think I'll get more out of them once I get more consistent and shooting mid to low 90's. I'm seriously not trying to brag or sound conceited but I've always been able to pick up things fast once someone shows me, whether it's a video instruction or live. Like the last thread, I couldn't drive worth a shit remember but I was just trying it on my own, as soon as I watched some instruction videos and listened to that guy at the range I'm lightyears better...Driving, I think is where I'll need the most help though. small, little movements that I'm not going to pick up on my own have a big impact
I know how to hit my 7i 140 yards for example, if I do exactly what I'm supposed to do it's like butter, you can feel it, the divot is perfect etc. I don't know if instructions are going to help me there, I just need practice to get it consistent ...I know how and what I have to do. I'm talking straight, not shaping shots or anything...that's a whole other ballgame and my scores will be a lot lower by the time I'm learning that stuff.
Maybe it's a combo thing, get lessons for my driving and practice what I know for the short game.