So somebody has given you golf lessons as a holiday gift. Now it's time to use that gift wisely.
1. Ascertain your goal
"Every player has different visions of the game and different goals for themselves. Some are purely social. Some are beginners. Some are really competitive players. So that person needs to have a conversation with their PGA Professional, and that Professional needs to ascertain what the goal of the player is -- and coach to that."
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2. Manage your expectations
"What I've found with my students, the process is very slow, and there are ups and downs, even to the point where the player won't remember how poorly they struck the ball a year ago. They'll only remember what they did yesterday, or in that round.
"And sometimes you can raise expectations, so you're not holding them back. You might say, 'Hey, you've got a lot of talent. You're far better than what you think you can. And if we do these simple things, you can get there.'"
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3. Plan the process
"If a competitive player has a high goal, one lesson is probably not going to be enough to take them to their goal, so you have to lay out a plan or process to achieve that.
"The beginner or social player might only take one lesson to help them reach their goal of getting the ball in the air. There are a lot of ladies who just want to spend time on the golf course with their friends and family and their main purpose is to see the ball fly. They don't care about the score. So you might schedule one lesson and be done.
"It's basically goal assessment. What do you want to achieve? And go from there."