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For a while now, I’ve been of the opinion that golf instruction will be driven to change by the explosion of technology that has taken place over the last decade. The internet has become so pervasive and multimedia capability is in within the grasp of virtually anyone with a smart phone, laptop, or inexpensive video recorder. We can stream video and even chat face to face.
Certainly there are many pros that are taking advantage of technology, with video lessons being commonplace and with some pros even working in a web-friendly way. But, to me, there is still an awful lot of room for improvement.
Needless to say, I was enthused when I was contacted by Brant Kasbohm, director of instruction at FixYourGame.com and he asked me if I wanted to give his service a try. Kasbohm has been a PGA Professional since 2000. Click here to read his bio.
How It Works
Here’s how it works: you go out to the driving range and take two videos of your swing, one face-on, and one down-the-line. Simply hit five or six shots from each angle. From there, you go to the website, fill out a form, upload the videos (or provide links), and buy the lesson(s). Within 48 hours, you’ll receive a personalized golf lesson consisting of text and video analysis.
It really is that easy. Here are the two swing videos I uploaded that were used to build my lesson.
First, the face-on view:
And, the down-the-line view:
And here is the personalized instruction video that was provided back to me:
Along with the video, I was provided with an extensive written lesson that accompanied it. It’s too long to include here, but it’s a good complement to the video. It includes detailed description of the important concepts, along with a bunch of example videos recorded by Brant Kasbohm that demonstrate the techniques that are relevant to my custom lesson.
I’m of the opinion that face-to-face lessons will never go extinct. At least not until I can easily stream live, multi-angle video to my pro live from the range. Even though it’s possible to see most, if not all, of what needs to be seen to give an effective lesson, there’s the issue of the immediate feedback provided by a pro standing on the range as I hit shots.
That aside, I’m pretty impressed with the service that FixYourGame.com provides and there is definitely benefit to those who choose to go this route.
First, the price is excellent. For $19.95 per lesson (or $29.95 and $49.95 for a series of two and five lessons), it’s much more affordable than the $35-$150 that you’re going to pay a pro to stand there with you on the range. And you’re getting instruction from an actual PGA Professional. Special offer for Life in the Rough readers: mention that you were referred by Life in the Rough, buy one lesson, and get a second for free.
Also, the lesson was comprehensive. The swing issues that were identified are valid, and the corrections were easy to understand. The video analysis was quite helpful and the linked video tips from the text portion of the lesson were an excellent complement.
The service does have some advantages over traditional range lessons. For instance, you do things at your own pace. Take video whenever you feel like it, and there are no appointments with pros to make or keep. Another benefit is, the lesson remains online for you to review at your leisure. Personally, that’s a benefit that can’t be understated. I often have trouble recalling things from recent lessons because the information fades over time. With this service you can refer back to it whenever you like.
Overall, I like the service a lot. It works well and Brant Kasbohm provided an excellent lesson from my videos. Personally, I will continue to do face-to-face lessons because I feel like I respond better to the instant feedback. But FixYourGame.com is great if you don’t want to pay the price of traditional lessons or if you want a PGA professional to have a look at your swing as a quick check-up, or if you just don’t want to do face-to-face lessons for some reason. Best of all, there’s a 100% money-back guarantee, if you don’t improve.
I had a good experience and I recommend giving it a try, especially if you’ve been put off by the cost of traditional lessons.
For more information, visit FixYourGame.com. Don’t forget, as a special offer for Life in the Rough readers, FixYourGame.com has offered a two-for-one deal. Mention that you were referred by Life in the Rough, purchase one lesson, and you’ll receive a second one free.
I was provided with a complementary lesson for the purpose of this review.