Want to get better at golf? Try a Player Development Program
Golf must be growing. It seems like I’ve talked to more people in the last few months who have just taken up the game than I have in the last decade.
One question I keep getting is “where should I go for a lesson or to learn the game?” The answer is never simple, of course, because there’s not one teacher who’s right for everyone. Plus, it really depends on what you want out of the game – just enough to have fun, or do you want to develop your game from the ground up so to speak?
The other problem with lessons is that many golfers expect to take one and fix their game. It rarely happens that way, not even on the elite level. Changes take reinforcement; developing a game takes years.
That’s why I’m on board with the Golf 2.0 movement by golf’s leading organizations, including the PGA of America. The Get Golf Ready program and other player development programs (many come with range memberships) can be particularly effective, and it’s in the facilities’ best interest to develop these initiatives.
Why? Because doing so brings more players to your course, which is exactly what Triloy Golf Club at Vistancia in Peoria, Ill., did a few years ago.
One of the pros there, Joshua Doxtator, came up with an idea for women called GALS: Growing Always, Learning Simply. They eventually started classes for men, too, meeting weekly and covering all aspects of instruction, etiquette, etc. It started out with 20 women in 2008 and has grown to include well over 200 participants last year.
What I love about this is that it’s not one and done. Stuff gets reinforced and it occurs in a non-threatening environment with peers, making the who process entirely comfortable.
They’re doing the same thing at Moody Gardens Golf Course in Galveston, Texas, by the way. Like Trilogy Club, rounds are increasing. And the beauty is not only are these people coming back to play golf, but on the days of the classes, they’re eating in the grill, purchasing apparel and generally increasing revenue at the host clubs. Really, it’s a win-win for everyone involved. And it’s fun, the way golf should be.
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