What They Teach You in Golf School

By Wayne Lin

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Several golfers get their start playing in golf school. Golf is not an easy sport to get down. The equipment is important, but it's especially important the golfer knows what he's doing. As such, a quality golf school is important to find.

Stance

Stance is the first golf fundamental taught. The stance includes the approach to the ball and body positioning. This is important because a bad stance causes bad shots. The idea is to feel comfortable when approaching the ball.

Grip

There are three primary grips: baseball, interlocking and the Vardon (sometimes called overlapping) grip. While it's not important which grip is used, instructors will teach the aspiring golfer to grip the club properly and how to swing it given the grip that is used.

Swing

There is no question the swing is the No. 1 factor. Everything from the backswing to the downswing is emphasized.

Strategy

Strategy is taught so the golfer can take action on the ball depending on where it lands. Areas of emphasis are where to hit the ball (primarily if it is an errant shot) and how to hit the ball out of tough areas.

Club Usage

Part of learning golf is learning about shot selection. In golf school, you are taught to determine where you are on the hole and which club is best used to get your ball closer to the hole.

About the Author

Wayne Lin has played four years of golf at the collegiate level and coached junior competitors. He has written articles about golf for local newspapers and magazines. To date, Lin has played at over 90 golf courses across the United States and continues to compete in local competitions. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oklahoma.