A great teacher/coach does more than identify areas of improvement in your setup or swing. He should have communication skills that are unparalleled! That is critical to not only your improvement but also your enjoyment of your time together. He should first find out what is the weakest link in that student’s game and tackle that first. The teacher helps people improve by helping them understand the learning process. They then help the student understand his current swing/stroke and how that relates to the shots he’s experiencing.
Next the teacher explains what TO DO and they go work on it together as a team developing a simple and clear plan. Additionally, the teacher/coach should show the student how to practice properly, how to evaluate his own swing so that he can eventually become his own coach all without losing focus on the real goal which is to shoot lower scores. And all throughout this process the teacher/coach will encourage and support his students through the ups-and-downs of this game.
To begin the process, you should expect an invitation from the teacher to meet and take a tour of the facility. You should be expecting some questions directed at you during this initial meeting or in the form of a questionnaire. You might want to ask the teacher if you can watch him or her give several lessons and don’t be afraid to ask for the names and contact information of several students so that you can inquire about their experience with that particular instructor. When you sit down with a teacher to interview him or her, it will be easy for you to recognize those who go above and beyond to help his students, who will care about you and are quite concerned about your progress.
You should have questions for the teacher as you’ll be doing much of the interviewing. The following information should help arm you with a few questions and help in your decision-making process.