A Golf School FAQ
What are and Why Should I go to a Golf School?
Over the 20+ years I’ve been an Instructor at Golf Schools, I get asked a lot of questions about why someone should go to a golf school. In general, Golf Schools are a bigger commitment than taking a Golf Lesson from your local Golf Professional. But there are advantages to attending a Golf School Program. If you’re seriously considering purchasing and participating within a Golf School, here is the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), a Golf School FAQ. My Golf FAQ provides you an opportunity to learn a lot about what a Golf School experience should be and feel more comfortable making the correct purchase for you. If you have a suggestion to add to my Golf School FAQ page, please contact me and I’ll do my best to post your question as soon as possible.
What is a Golf School?
A Golf School is a Golf Lesson that lasts much longer than an hour and could include multiple days of instruction. Typically, a Golf School is located at a Resort Golf facility that you visit.
What are the Differences Between a Golf Lesson and a Golf School?
Golf Schools are more expensive than traditional Golf Lessons because of the additional time devoted to instruction and any related travel costs. Golf Schools typically are 3-6 hours in length and cover a broader range of skills than a Golf Lesson can in 1-hour or less. Golf Schools can include a meal or 2, as well as On-Course Instruction. And Golf Schools are a more intense way to develop a wholeistic improvement plan.
Why Participate in a Golf School?
Typically held at nicer golf facilities, a Golf School Program can provide you with a lot more information than a Golf Lesson can. This is because a Golf School Program can last between one and 5+ days in length. Each day you can concentrate on a different aspect of your golf skills to improve. And most likely, you’ll get to play golf at one if not more golf courses than you normally have access to.
How Much does a Golf School Program Cost?
Rates for Golf Schools vary based upon numerous factors. Those factors include but are not limited to the location where the Golf School Program takes place, if it is a half-day or full-day Golf School, how long each day of the Golf School lasts, how many days you plan to take a Golf School, if accommodations are included, if meals are included, if any golf course access fees are included, if it is a “group” Golf School or a 1-to-1 Golf School, other amenities included, as well as any additional customization you may desire to include within your Golf School package.
What's the Difference Between a Group Golf School and a 1-to-1 Golf School?
Within a Group Golf School, you’ll be paired with other golfers who are attending the same session or dates you attend. Typically, a Group Golf School Format consists of 3 or more people in a group. Sometimes you’ll share Instructors with other Groups attending the Golf School at the same time. And sometimes a Group is instructed the entire time you spend at Golf School by just 1 Instructor. Also, Group Golf School instruction formats tend to be more generic in nature, to accommodate a wide variety of skilled golfers who may attend. Group Golf Schools are normally lower in cost than other Golf School formats.
A 1-to-1 Golf School, you should expect to have 1 Instructor working with you the entire length of your Golf School experience. Within a 1-to-1 Golf School format, instruction is totally customized to your individual needs and is not based on an itinerary to accomplish something at a given time. 1-to-1 Golf Schools are more expensive. But some golfers, especially more advanced golfers, feel the individual attention to specific skill improvement needs is worth the price.
Will my Golf School Instructor use Video during my Golf School Experience?
Video has become a standard offering for Golf Schools to use with their students. You should expect your Instructor to use some type of Video Analysis to assist you with seeing and understanding your swing habits, while also assisting with understanding how the drills or exercises you are performing will improve your swing habits.
Do Golf Schools use Swing Aids?
Not all Schools use Swing Aids, although most do. Some Golf Schools use Swing Aids that were invented by their Instructors, while others use Swing Aids out of materials you can replicate at home. If a Golf School does use commercially produced Swing Aids, chances are they will ask you to purchase those aids before your departure, to insure your improvement plan remains consistent when you return home.
What should I Expect when I Participate in a Golf School?
Each Golf School sets its own expectations and ideal offerings for you. Use those expectations provided you by the Golf School as a guide to measure if you’re receiving what you purchased or more. The Golf School Program should address your personal needs and provide you with personal time with the Instructor(s) to improve your skills. Your Golf School experience should provide you an understanding of the areas you can improve the most as well as a detailed plan to make those improvements when you return home.
How Often should I attend a Golf School?
For some golfers, attending a beginning of the season Golf School is an annual occurrence, as it helps prepare a golfer for the upcoming season. Other golfers attend once. How much you enjoy a Golf School as well as being able to measure your improvement when attending, along with your budget, will ultimately determine how often you attend a Golf School.
How should I Prepare for My Golf School?
Higher quality Golf schools will provide you with a pre-arrival checklist, along with a “Golfer Profile” to complete before your arrival. You should also check the weather forecast before departing for your Golf School experience to insure you are bring the appropriate clothing with you. Also, some golfer will ship their clubs to their Golf School destination rather than travel with their clubs, eliminating the extra bag fees and the bulky heavy golf bag to carry.
Do I Need Golf Clubs to Participate within a Golf School?
No. But if you’re going to make any investment of time and money to attend a Golf School, it’s in your best interest to use your own clubs. Doing so will eliminate any uncomfortable feelings you’ll have with using a rental club set or the even greater chance of feeling uncomfortable with your clubs when you return home.
What is a Golfer Profile?
A Golf Profile is a questionnaire that you complete prior to your arrival to a Golf School. The information you provide within the profile assists Golf School personnel with preparing for your arrival as well as the content of skill improvement you are desiring.
What I should I do After My Golf School?
If you are committed to make the time and financial investment in attending a Golf School, then you should be equally committed to practicing the improvement plan provided to you by the Golf School you attended. Without practice upon our return home, the investment of time and money you spent participating in a Golf School is wasted.
How do I Best Benefit from attending a Golf School?
Be sure you fully understand the improvement plan you and your Golf School Instructor created prior to your departure. Be sure you can contact the Golf School or you Instructor if you need additional follow-up as you execute your improvement plan. Be ready to commit practice time on a regular basis to work your improvement plan. And be patient with your overall sustainable improvement, as creating and repeating new habits within your practice swing can sometimes take weeks or months based upon the amount and quality of time you spend practicing.
Can I Improve My Golf Game without going to a Golf School?
Yes, you can improve your golf skills without attending a Golf School. However, the experience of a Golf School may be the intensity of instruction and improvement you need to realize the immediate and sustainable improvements you are seeking.
How do I Choose the Best Golf School for Me?
Choosing the correct Golf School for you is more about fulfilling your expectation list while doing so within a financial budget and/or your ability to travel. Another factor that some golfers consider is who they want as an Instructor at a Golf School.