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Differentiate Between Golf Friends and a Golf Coach

PGA of America
By
Jack Dillon
author 'High Fives'

Series: New Golfer

Published: Monday, February 29, 2016 | 2:59 p.m.

As you begin your journey into the game of golf, you will find many people who want to come to your aid with golf advice from A to Z. It can be confusing to decipher who to listen to and what to do.

Many times, existing golfers serve as the entry point to the game for new golfers. Often though, those existing golfers are stil looking for their golf game, but have no problem providing you with advice.

For the purposes of this article, I'm assuming your entry to the game isn't accompanid by a large golf posse.

And that's okay! One of golf's greatest benefits is that you encounter many new friends in this sport as you tackle learning a rewarding game that takes mental patience to master. But be sure to draw a distinction - there's your golf friends and then your golf coach.

The best way to learn this game is through a PGA or LPGA Professional.

Most of the golf courses in your area should have at least one employed, if not more. Work to find a teaching professional you can be comfortable working with. This golf coach will help you build your swing, teach you to take your game to the course, provide you with good practice habits and offer you the best advice on purchasing your initial golf equipment.

In other words, find an all-around coach you can trust because their training and expertise will set the foundation for your golf game.

Most golfers you encounter along this journey will be very nice people. They will truly want you to learn to play well and enjoy the game they love. Many however, think they know enough to put you on the right track. Your golf friends may provide great fun and camraderie, but be wary when they provide advice that could turn into poor swing habits for years to come.

When it comes to learning to play the game, find a PGA or LPGA Professional in your area. Plan a schedule with them for the spring and summer that can put you on the track to all of the great fun and experiences this game has to offer you.

Written by contributing author Jack Dillon of "High Fives"