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I Need Some Off-Season Advice

The 2006 golf season in Ontario has – but for a few mild days yet to come – ended. I look back on a season that started for me in Orlando at March break and ended after 5 holes at Royal Ashburn two weeks ago.

My game has gone flat. I only shot one round in the 70’s this year while most ended up at 86. I am considering taking lessons over the winter in hopes of gaining 10 – 15 yards on my driver and 3 iron and consistency all around. Before selecting a teacher, I need some advice and hope that there is a reader out there willin to give me some.

How do you find a teacher whose instruction makes sense to you without spending hundreds of dollars bouncing around from one to another until you connect with the right person? A simple enough question?

I’d love to hear what you have to say from your own experiances.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • When I retired 4 years ago, I moved to Hamilton. I am fortunate there is an indoor facility 5 minutes from home. Several pros teach there during the winter, including Dave Drewitt of Willow Valley. I took a series of lessons and get a refresher each winter. He’s fixed my major swing flaws, and with time to practice the short game and putting, my handicap has gone from 14 to 8. I didn’t really select him from the pack, but here’s what I think anyway. Older guys are probably better – they likely dont want to remodel everything you do. I guess you could call my approach serendipitous.

  • Winter practice can be great for your swing, using video, mirrors, etc. – but if you had a score in the 70s and averaged 86, you should practice your short game, your scoring shots.

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