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I have a Golftec very close to me. I need to check it out but, I can't spend the money right now. I will, at some time, give them a try.

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I had a great experience at GolfTec when I lived in Minneapolis a few years back.  I'll try and give you the Reader's Digest version because the instructional aspect was a 6 month process for me.

 

When I decided to pull the trigger I was an 18 handicap and was shooting anywhere between 95-100 on average with the random low-90's round in there.  I started playing in High School but was always self-taught and honestly never played more than a few times a year until around 5 or 6 years ago when I decided to get more serious about playing and getting better.

 

First off GolfTec is not cheap and you definitely need to get to know the coach/instructor to see what kind of initial impression you get from him/her.  I walked in as an open book and told the guy I wanted to re-build my game.  We just connected in our first meeting.  He was a no-BS guy, which I really appreciated and gave me a few drills to work on during the free first visit.  After that I was sold.  However, I have heard of other folks who didn't jive with their instructor and harbored some resentment toward GT because of that.  Before you cut that check make sure he/she is someone you see yourself working with for a while.

 

We spent several weeks basically re-building just my backswing.  I was in for a lesson once a week for 6 months and was practicing at least every other day in there.  My game actually got worse over that year and my handicap jumped from an 18 to a 20 but my coach kept encouraging me to stick with it because of the major changes we were making.  At times my swing felt a bit lost on the course but I kept working on the drills and eventually things came around and I started to make more consistent contact, improved accuracy and added a lot more distance.

 

Once we got to that point he really focused on repetition and building muscle memory around the same moves, so most of the swing lesson work was smaller than at first.  He then started to add in things like course management and short game to really get my handicap down.  I currently play off a 12 handicap and, again, I was a 20 when I was in the lesson program so it definitely helped me to improve.

 

I really enjoyed my time at GolfTec but, again, I attribute much of that to the fact that my instructor was an awesome guy who I worked well with.  It's not a cookie cutter place that will work for everyone, though.  The technology they use is cool and was great during my practice sessions and lessons.  You get access to all your lessons online so you can review them at anytime.  And they will give you lots of drills to work on at home, depending on exactly what you need to be working on.

 

Going through GT definitely made me a better golfer and has helped me enjoy the game more than ever, so I'm very much an advocate of their programs.  Go check it out, see if you like the instructor and decide for yourself.  Just be honest about what you want to accomplish and if it doesn't work after that visit then go shop around.

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Personally, I hated it. Overpriced, but I wanted to practice indoors with their simulators. They talked me into a lesson package, and it took two years to recover. I think for a high handicapper they would have been ok. But at the time I was a 2, and immediately jumped to a 7, and I've never gotten close to that index since. Too mechanical, IMO.

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I've been taking lessons at golftec for about 4 seasons now. I love it but I think it has to do more with the coaches there than anything. They do a great job of explaining what I'm doing wrong and right and how to improve. I would recommend them to anyone who ever ask me for lessons.

 

Can't say that anyone else will have the same experience as me because everyone is different and coaches different.

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I did Golftec for about two years.  Overall, a real good experience.  The best was the immediate video feedback and unlimited video practice.  I got to my lowest index ever last May (11.2, I believe).  Then, got a stress fracture in my foot, had to lay low for a couple of months.  When I came back, game didn't, lesson package expired.  Because there's a pro in Jax that many, many people highly recommend and travel here for lessons from, I didn't renew, intending to try a couple of lessons from him.  After my index jumped to 17.3, I finally made contact.  I've had two lessons, one in December, changed my grip.  Said to come back in 4-5 weeks.  Had second lesson in January, changed a couple of other things, said get used to them, come back in a month.  Haven't yet gone back 'cause of tax season.  But the two lessons from the new pro have produced a huge change in my impact and distance. Literally a club on irons and 20-30 yards on drives.  Going to schedule the next lesson this week.

 

So, GolfTec was great, improved my consistency a lot, really loved the video practice and visual feedback.  But, so far the insights from the pro (who teaches tour pros and charges a lot) have done much more for the quality of my impact and swing speed.  I hardly ever don't make good contact now--just not sure where its going to go.   Miss the video feedback and regular checkups on my swing (my scores vary dramatically depending on whether I have the feel that day, 'cause other than the specific things I got out of the lesson, I'm a bit clueless on what I'm doing or not doing on the rest of my swing).  I'm thinking the ceiling from the pro who teaches pros is a lot higher than what I was getting out of Golftec.  But the Golftec was definitely worth it.  

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@jax, i think you hit it on the head in the description, as the video is awesome, and the facilities are great. But I have to disagree with "definitely worth it."

 

I think for what you get, it's just too much money....to each his own....

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@jax, i think you hit it on the head in the description, as the video is awesome, and the facilities are great. But I have to disagree with "definitely worth it."

 

I think for what you get, it's just too much money....to each his own....

True.  But if there is otherwise no access to video practice with high tech video, does that not create a value that may justify the cost if one finds the video practice highly useful?

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Personally, I hated it. Overpriced, but I wanted to practice indoors with their simulators. They talked me into a lesson package, and it took two years to recover. I think for a high handicapper they would have been ok. But at the time I was a 2, and immediately jumped to a 7, and I've never gotten close to that index since. Too mechanical, IMO.

This is along the lines of what Ive heard.

Very much a throw your hips and then sync the rest approach (todays fix all) for those who wanted to get to the next level. "Power" from this supposed move is what was needed to get there and mechanical positions is what it would take to manage it.  Recover from it is a good way to put the outcome of this type of swing redo or overdone left side dominance.

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So I booked a swing evaluation for next week at the new one here.   They were having a promotion on it,  $95 normally $139 for a full one hour evaluation of your swing and the things you need to work on.   Then you can decide if you want to move forward with lessons.

 

The Director of this store who I will be working with on the initial visit, is a very highly respected PGA member in the area with lots of experience.  So I'm looking forward to the opportunity to have 1 hour with him at that price.  I believe his normal rate at previous places was almost twice that. 

 

I'm excited about it and hope it can help, if all goes well, I'll seriously consider their 3 month program. 

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I guess it's my age, but I just don't trust mechanical devices and computers.   I prefer to take lessons on an actual range where I can see what my ball is doing as opposed to some device computing what it is doing.   

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I guess it's my age, but I just don't trust mechanical devices and computers.   I prefer to take lessons on an actual range where I can see what my ball is doing as opposed to some device computing what it is doing.   

I hear you.  I think there is room for both.  I have taken lesson from the same person you currently are, and he has a great setup and all.   But there was just a lack of me grasping what he was trying to get across to me.   Not blaming him, but I thought I'd try a different set of eyes...and ok probes and electroids...ha

 

Knowing the reputation of the instructor here, he will no doubt use some of his old school knowledge to go along with all the degrees of hip turn...etc.   And trust me these new LM are capable of showing you how big your slice or hook or how straight and far just as well as outside.

 

But I get what your saying,  seeing the full flight outside is the ultimate.  

 

I hope to take what I get from him, and pretty much come straight to our range to see it outside.   Or I may decided after this one evaluation that I'm not a fan of it all as well.  

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Personally, I hated it. Overpriced, but I wanted to practice indoors with their simulators. They talked me into a lesson package, and it took two years to recover. I think for a high handicapper they would have been ok. But at the time I was a 2, and immediately jumped to a 7, and I've never gotten close to that index since. Too mechanical, IMO.

I went through something similar!

 

A friend of mine gave me a swing analysis for free gift card. Went hit some shots and the guy I was paired with was fresh out of school. Told me everything looked good but my swing was too long. Felt to stiff and short with what he wanted me to work on.

 

All I know is it turned me upside down for some months.

 

It didn't work for me, but might for you. It's the joy of variety.

 

The pro I saw afterwards who straightened me out didn't use video or any tech but helped drop my hcp to the lowest it's been. Wish he hadn't quit to become an insurance exec.

 

 

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I went through something similar!

 

A friend of mine gave me a swing analysis for free gift card. Went hit some shots and the guy I was paired with was fresh out of school. Told me everything looked good but my swing was too long. Felt to stiff and short with what he wanted me to work on.

 

All I know is it turned me upside down for some months.

 

It didn't work for me, but might for you. It's the joy of variety.

 

The pro I saw afterwards who straightened me out didn't use video or any tech but helped drop my hcp to the lowest it's been. Wish he hadn't quit to become an insurance exec.

 

 

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I've known more Pro's that have quit to go into the financial industry than anything.  Kinda wierd.  I guess for some of them they make more money, can still play client golf and impress them at the same time

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I've known more Pro's that have quit to go into the financial industry than anything. Kinda wierd. I guess for some of them they make more money, can still play client golf and impress them at the same time

Plus they probably had some great leads (ex students)

 

 

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I had a great experience, literally shaved 20 strokes off my game..... yes I was that bad. Take advantage of using the bays for practice if you can between your lessons.

I used my last lesson of my package for a club fitting, so if you're looking towards changing equipment, see if they'll include that.

 

 

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I've actually been to the Golftec in SLC and I really enjoyed it. I got some package for Christmas that was the swing evaluation and two lessons for $200. The swing evaluation was great because I had got into the habit of "flipping" my hands and it was killing me. They have me a couple of quick pointers and I was good to go.

 

I actually haven't been back to finish because life intervened with moving and a new baby, but I am super excited to head back.

 

I think it's a great place with awesome facilities that can really help you with you game. Plus the App they have where you can watch all of your lessons after is awesome. It helped me remember all the stuff and keep it fresh. Great place.

 

 

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I had a great experience, literally shaved 20 strokes off my game..... yes I was that bad. Take advantage of using the bays for practice if you can between your lessons.

I used my last lesson of my package for a club fitting, so if you're looking towards changing equipment, see if they'll include that.

 

 

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The practice bays are part of what I'm interested in. Even though I have access to a range all day long. It will be good to go in and practice in bad weather. Its right on the way to and from work.

 

As for buying clubs. Obviously you haven't been following my exploits in the what did you buy thread. Ha

 

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What I liked is the visual feedback. Will add, my game was getting worse so I gave in to relearning the whole swing. I was really getting better (down to 9 hcp) till my back went out. Thought about going back. But agree with others, its more mechanical than feel lessons.

Since a mgs app and/or phone update I can't load vids like I use to.

 

 

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Interesting to hear it is more mechanical based than feel based. To me that is kinda subjective, meaning any mechanical changes are going to feel different. At least to me, it would seem that way.

 

I think like a lot of people I learn best by watching what I'm doing on video, so I can try and actually see what I'm doing that he wants me to stop. Then learn by doing in slow motion the correct method, so I can later watch and relate those mechanics to what I was feeling. If that makes sense.

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What I liked is the visual feedback. Will add, my game was getting worse so I gave in to relearning the whole swing. I was really getting better (down to 9 hcp) till my back went out. Thought about going back. But agree with others, its more mechanical than feel lessons.

Since a mgs app and/or phone update I can't load vids like I use to.

 

 

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This ^^^^^^^^ "till my back went out".    It really sucks when we want to make the correct moves and our body will not allow it.   It's not my back, it's my right knee/hip combo that totally cramps my style. I still get some decent scores in however it's from a home made swing style.  I finally realized that I swing too flat because of my right side which breaks down on my back swing.  It's near impossible for me to take the club back and then up between my right ear & shoulder like I want to.  It is what it is and if I'm going to continue golfing, I have to go with what works.

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