I believe every player that wants to improve needs some form of instruction whatever their ability. This instruction must be tailored to their individual skill level and should be designed to build the best and most consistent game with the least amount of work on their part. This means, for me, changing as little of their original technique which usually results in the best outcome with the least chaos for the student.
To gain the best results it is important that myself and my students WORK TOGETHER, because a one-sided teacher-student relationship just will not reap meaningful benefits. A golf swing is full of compensations for moves that are idiosyncratic to each player, so I would not want to change what you’ve always been doing in your swing unless it’s for the betterment of your game, trust me on that. But if its determined, through assessment, that you need to improve a certain characteristic of your technique and you’re not open to help to get you through the process, then progress will stall.
Some golfers will want to implement the changes they need, but simply do not have the patience or time to make lasting improvements. This isn’t about them. It’s about the golfers who have the ability to make improvements to their technique and game, however, refuse to let their ingrained faults be altered.
I ask myself sometimes, why would someone spend their well earned money to take lessons and either not listen to the instruction, or not take the necessary steps to ingrain the improvements? Mainly I find that many golfers struggle to accept the process and time required to make real, impactful improvements to their game; improvements that will allow them to succeed and reach their potential.
Let’s say your trouble shot is a high weak slice, and you decide you want to fix it. You come for a lesson where I explain the cause & effect and using technology (high-speed video, a launch monitor, etc.) provide real feedback. During the lesson I will suggest a few drills to hopefully ultimately “fix” your high weak slice.
Now the hard work needs to begin as golfers taking lessons need to accept that improving technique takes time. The pieces come together in stages, and it may be a while before your new technique feels natural. Depending on the severity of the change, we may spend days, weeks or even months trying to ingrain a new motion. You will need more sessions to help you through any stumbles that might occur.
Now you just need to be honest with yourself are you up to the challenge? Will you make the time and have the patience? Are you able to deal with maybe higher scores in the short term for lower scores in the future? If yes, then you’re already on the road to long lasting improvement. If not, then you probably don’t REALLY want to improve. That’s OK, golf is supposed to be fun, and you don’t have to shoot low scores to enjoy your time on the course.