Recent research revealed that members who receive a golf lesson up to six months prior to their annual subscription invoice are far more likely to remain a member. North Hants Golf Club PGA head professional George Porter’s recent experience makes this point better than any survey.
At the end of last summer, long-standing North Hants member Mike Brown was so dispirited with his golf, he was ready to retire from the game – and the club. Fortunately, he went to his PGA pro to ask for help.
Some weeks later, he won a club competition with 39 points. Instead of quitting the game, with just four lessons, he now loves playing golf again.
Porter, pictured above with Mike, explained: “Mike’s been a member for many years. His driver and short game were robbing him of any enjoyment and for any golfer, when both ends of the bag are compromised, trying to play in your buffer zone can seem impossible. Mike was suffering from the dreaded ‘yips’ and his drives ended up anywhere but on the fairway. Once off 12, Mike was now off 24 and playing golf was miserable.”
He added: “The first two lessons addressed his short game, in particular putting. To try and overcome the yips, I suggested he tried something completely different with which to change the outcome for the better. I showed him the saw grip. The results were immediately effective and for the first time Mike was doing something that worked.”
“We then discussed his driving to identify the biggest opportunity for improvement. I told Mike that he should stop trying to hit the ball straight, as his swing lent itself to hitting golf shots with shape, so we focused on working with that.
“With both ends of his game working more correctly and repetitively, Mike was becoming a much happier golfer and that made all the difference. His golf conversations are now ‘glass half full’."