Matt Kilgariff, PGA Director of Player Development at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.), says all golfers—from novice to seasoned players—need lessons at one time or another. The cookie-cutter approach just doesn’t work in this game, however.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why in the world would I need a lesson?”
You may think, “Heck, I can learn all about the game, equipment and swing on my own. After all, my friends and family golf, I’ll just ask them. Better yet, I’ll look on the Internet.” We all know that everything on the Internet is accurate and true.
The truth is that novice, as well as seasoned golfers, need lessons at one time or another. To put it mildly, golf is a challenging game.
Golf is also an individual sport. What may work well for one player, may not work at all for another. So, the cookie-cutter approach just doesn’t work in this game.
One of the most challenging aspects of this game is that you cannot see yourself when playing, making it difficult to identify problems. All of the Player Development Coaches that I know are continuous learners. They stay ahead of the curve on the latest and greatest technology, as well as teaching techniques. They can definitely help you.
They diagnose “symptoms” of a poor swing or other problems, identify the underlying issues and create solutions that are specific to your needs. You and your professional will work together to create a plan and implement it. This will help speed up the improvement of your performance and help you achieve your goals.
The best players in the world take lessons on a regular and continuous basis. They are relying on a good coach and a second set of eyes to help them hone their skills. It’s probably a good idea for you to consider lessons as well.
So, if you are searching for a pathway to better putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and ball striking—in other words, overall performance—let a trained professional help.
Find a local professional, preferably one that is properly trained in player development. I promise they will give you a correct diagnosis (root of the problem), a proper prescription (the process) and a speedy recovery (lower scores).
Matt Kilgariff is a PGA professional who spent much of his career working for Butch Harmon and the Harmon Family. He is currently the Director of Player Development at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Prior to joining The Bridges, Kilgariff was Director of Player Development at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Matt has also been part of TaylorMade’s National Advisory Staff since 2012.