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The Best Way to Prepare for a Golf Lesson

There comes a time in every adult golfer’s life when pride is swallowed with a a light Bordelaise sauce and help is asked for. After trying everything short of a bottle of rum and a chicken and asking Jobu for aid, it is time for professional help. The great sage Harvey Penick said this about needing a golf lesson:

If you play poorly one day. forget it.

If you play poorly the next time out, review your fundamentals of grip stance, aim, and ball position. Most mistakes are made before the club is swung.

If you play poorly for a third time in a row, go see your professional.

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book

So after two bad rounds, I except my limitations as a golfing mortal and saught professional guidance. How does one prepare for a lesson?

Empty Your Cup

Going to a golf lesson meant that neither I nor YouTube knew what was wrong with my swing. So I had to admit that I was wrong which reminds me a great philosophy quote I live by:

The only true wisdom consist from knowing that you know nothing.

Socrates

That’s us, Dude!
Bill and Ted

So I admitted that I knew nothing of why my golf swing was failing. But I had to prepare for the lesson and prepare to receive the knowledge from teaching of my pro. Again, it reminded me a a great Zen parable:

So before I entered my lesson, I emptied my cup of golf and golfing knowledge.

Golf Lesson Preparation Start Before the Lesson

Here are my tips for a productive set of lessons. Yes, I said set. This is not a one and done but a process to elevate your golf game.

I completed one lesson so far and feel better. The plan is to hit the range before the next session to review my comprehension and knowledge retention. I already know the topic for the third lesson, my damn wedges.

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