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Are You Taking Putting Lessons?

For some reason students seem reluctant to take putting lessons. I do not quite understand this as improving your putting is the fastest way to lower your scores.


I think that students do not want to take putting lessons for a couple of reasons…
  1. Doing work on the range trying to hit the ball far and straight feels and sounds sexier and more fun than improving your putting with a putting drill. Many players like to compare themselves by how far they can hit not only the driver but also their irons. I always preferred to have the lowest score at the end of the round and collect my winnings. I figured that was impressive enough!
  2. People in general do not like to do things that they are not good at. I am guilty of this myself with my putting. Why go and get frustrated on the practice putting green when I can go to the driving range to hit good shots that I know that I can hit? Many times ego gets in the way.
  3. Another reason is one that actually does not fall on the student but the instructor. As they meet their students on the driving range, many instructors have stations with tents, training aids, etc. set up daily on the driving range. It is easier for them to stay there and teach than move to different parts of the practice facility as many are pretty spread out. I also think that many instructors (not all) assume that is what the student wants to do for their lesson and does not conduct a proper opening lesson interview.
What do you think? When was your last putting lesson? Do you feel that you are not learning as much as you would in a full swing lesson? If that is the case, I suggest that you change your attitude. As stated earlier, improving your putting is the fastest way to improve your scores. Is that not the goal?

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