Getting better requires guidance and coaching from a qualified instructor. Two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson famously has never taken a lesson. Although it is tempting to follow the same course, the fact is that almost all golfing professionals take and continue to take instruction from a qualified coach or instructor. A legend in his own right, Lee Trevino is another golfer that has never taken a lesson. With 6 major titles and 29 tour wins, Trevino advises approaching golf without proper instruction. Believing that feedback is his best instructor, he believed that he had the ability to correct himself on the course. Most amateurs need the assistance of a coach or instructor to help them with feedback and advice. It is extremely difficult to be able to evaluate your own game, therefore the assistance of a coach or instructor is required in order to see improvement.
The reality is that most weekend warriors will not be able to afford a dedicated private coach, or daily lessons. However, having an instructor or a coach to formulate a plan is extremely important for one’s development as a golfer. Following the plan with practice and play, and checking in with your coach periodically will ensure correct form and technique. It is also the fastest way to improve your game and lower your handicap.