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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What makes a good golf instructor?

A good golf instructor is someone who has the playing skill you’d like to achieve, is qualified to teach golf, and is someone you can get along with. Some experts recommend you only take golf lessons from coaches with active accreditation from reputable associations such as the PGA, LPGA, or similar organizations that focus on continuing education. You’ll be spending hours out on the green with the pro during lessons, so a good rapport, strong communication and the right personality fit are key. A proven track record is also important. Read reviews from their current and former students to make sure they have helped people achieve their golfing goals, and always ask about the instructor’s experience before signing on for lessons. Years of providing lessons can contribute to a deeper understanding of how to teach the sport. Just because your friend or partner is great at golf doesn’t mean they’ll give good golf lessons. Invest in a professional golf instructor who knows how to teach the sport from short game to full swing.

How much are golf lessons?

Golf lessons are a great way to break into the sport or take your golf game to a new level. The national average cost for golf lessons is $50-$60, but prices will vary based on what type of lessons you want. The most expensive golf lessons will be private instruction with top-tier coaches. These are golf instructors who have held high professional ranking and have a good reputation. Regardless of who is teaching, private instruction is always more costly than couples’ lessons or small group lessons (usually up to four people). Teachers often offer a lower price per lesson when you buy a package of several lessons at one time. Here are some examples of average golf lesson costs:

  • Individual lessons:
    • Standard pricing for 60-minute private lesson: $60.
    • 60-minute lesson with renowned golf coach: $100.
  • Couples’ lessons:
    • Standard pricing for 90-minute duo lesson: $100.
    • 60-minute lesson with renowned golf coach: $125.
  • Golf lesson package pricing:
    • Purchase six individual lessons at one time and save $10.
    • Purchase 10 individual lessons at one time and save $40.
    • Purchase six couples’ lessons at one time and save $40.
    • Purchase 10 couples’ lessons at one time and save $200.

What age should you start golf lessons?

Golf lessons for kids can start as early as age four or five. They’re too young for formal training, but you can keep them interested and engaged and give them a feel for the game. U.S. Kids Golf recommends starting formal training for junior golfers at six years old. It’s important for young golfers to swing clubs that are the right length and weight for their body; U.S. Kids Golf provides a fitting guide.

Golf lessons for kids, especially young kids, should be about encouraging success rather than correcting mistakes, according to U.S. Kids Golf. If you want your child to love golf for life, you want their early experiences to be positive. Golf lessons for kids are less expensive than golf lessons for adults. A monthly rate (including four lessons) for group golf lessons for kids may average $100. Semi-private golf lessons for kids may range from $150 to $200 per month. Location and instructor reputation can also affect cost. Often, discounts are provided when multiple months are purchased at one time.

Reviews for Irvine golf instructors
Nick Z.
In addition to being a great person, Ron is a true golf wizard who can fix anyone's golf swing in my opinion. I've been taking lessons with Ron since August and he's helped me successfully revamp my golf swing. I've taken lessons from other instructors in the past but can confidently say that none had the patience and expertise that Ron brings to the table. Will definitely go back for more lessons.
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Kevin F.
I have been golfing regularly for 12 years after a long break since childhood. I am pretty much self taught and have probably went for 6 lessons in my whole life before I had a lesson with Jim. I am skeptical about golf lessons after some bad experiences. However, after struggling with a particular part of my game I decided to bite the bullet and go for another lesson. I booked an appointment with Jim after reading the reviews on Thumbtack. After a single lesson I am already seeing great improvements with my ball strike and ball flight. If you book a lesson with Jim you will see that he has a tremendous passion for teaching and also makes the lesson a lot of fun. I have never been back for more than 2 lessons with a golf pro before, but I am booking a series of 6 lessons with Jim. I would absolutely recommend booking a lesson with Jim after seeing improvements after a single lesson and seeing the passion he has for teaching.
James CarsonJames Carson
Joseph V.
Jim got straight to work. Usually, first lessons I walk away with nothing but Jim gave me drills. Jim wanted to teach me about golf not just to see where I was in my golf game. I will be continuing my work with Jim he is amazing.
James CarsonJames Carson
Erik V.
Jim is the ultimate pro when it comes to lessons. He listens to what your looking on improving and gears his advice / drills to accommodate your goals. This was my first golf lesson and I’ll be booking more with Jim in the future.
James CarsonJames Carson
Yoo j.
He is great, I am now getting lessons from him twice in a week and i didn't know that I could actually find golf quite fun. If someone is looking for a golf coach, I would definitely recommend him. He made it easier for me to understand how to get my posture right. 100% Satisfied, he knows what he is teaching and so PROFESSIONAL!!! I am planning to get lessons from him till I get to the point where i can call myself as a good golfer. The lesson fee is reasonable too 👍🏌
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Steve W.
Jim is not only a great instructor but also a true golf lover. During my lesson with him, he's obsessed with the how to fix my swing flaw using the most suitable technique. Using his tremendous knowledge in golf, Jim was able to pin point my issue in no time and provide drills. Really like his analytical way of comparing my swing with pro's swing side by side. The approach Jim took is not try to sell you more lessons but to truly help you become a better golfer. Thank you Jim.
James CarsonJames Carson
Ky V.
1st lesson with Ron was fantastic. Ron identified my swing issues immediately and helped me apply corrections and tweaks that I was able to understand and practice on the spot. His professionalism and golf knowledge is world class. Thanks Ron!
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Sherry X.
Jim is really easy to work with. I learn a lot from my first lesson yesterday. Thanks for the great chipping and putting tips. I am confident those tips will help me score lower on my next round of golf. I look forward to work with him in the future.
James CarsonJames Carson
Will W.
I absolutely enjoyed my experience with Jim. As an absolute beginner to golf, I had a little over one week during my vacation at home to pick up this sport. I messaged Jim and got an immediate response and got started with my first lesson in 36 hours. I played 4 lessons in total with Jim. 1. Jim is a great teacher, he knows how to effectively teach. He does not throw a million things at you, but rather gives you a clearly-defined, doable goal each time you practice with him. I was instructed to work on one aspect of my swing each time I went home. He is sharp at pointing out the problems in my swing, and improvements were made immediately when I took his advice. 2. Jim is a true professional. He shows up on time. Yes, sometimes the lesson prior can run a little late, but he always makes up the time. He helps you save money on balls as well. Overall, I’d say Jim went above and beyond my expectations for a golf coach. He is someone who truly cares about students and his teaching. I would absolutely be willing to work with him again when I get a chance to come back to the area.
James CarsonJames Carson
Alexandre M.
I have attended my first lesson with Jim (I am a ~6m new golfer) and I will be coming back for many more! Where to start, there is so much to say...! Jim’s professionalism, dedication, attention to details and deep knowledge put you at ease very quickly. After an initial evaluation using his various iPads and screens, he communicated to me clearly on what was good and bad about the current state of my golf swing. Fairly quickly after that, he was able to lay out a concrete plan on how to improve things and slowly get to a much better state. The plan, detailed and consisting of essential building blocks for exactly my desire for more structure in my approach to golf. And let me mention that Jim does everything to protect his clients on the tee by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and using hand sanitizer when necessary! Amazing all around.
James CarsonJames Carson
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