So I took my first lessons at Golf Galaxy today. The instructor is a PGA certified instructor to some level, but I don't quite understand all the levels. Anyway the 2 main reaosns I went there were price (for a 6 pack the lessons at $33/each for a half hour) and the tech. I wanted to get more detailed information on my launch data than I get from my normal instructor. That being said, when I watched the video of my swing and we went through the root issues, it was many of the same things I have heard before.
One issue was I was taking the club back inside on my takeaway which was getting me off plane at the top and forcing me to reroute to get the club back on plane. i was doing that but it meant I was coming in too step and too far inside-out, which meant I would draw/hook the shot.
Another issue was the due to how I was doing my take-away, i was essentially shutting down the club face, which meant shots generally started left of my target line and then would draw. Whcih was causing me to aim further right to compensate. So I'm working on opening my clubface and correcting my take-away.
But the instructor warned me that once I started doing these things, I would probably see the ball going more right than normal. So I would have to play with both my target line and how much I opened the club face. Anyway, I hit some balls tonight into the net and was getting good contact but clearly can't see how the ball flight goes 100 yards down the line. If the weather improves this week, I'll go to the range.
Anyway, it'll be a couple months before I get my next lesson. He's going in for heart surgery next week. He offered to refer me to another instructor - he only uses the same one I usually go too! - but I think I'll wait and work on this and then go back and work on long range stuff.
I think most people would like his style.. he essentially gave me the "what I'd fix now to improve scores" fixes, but then said if we want to work together long term, there are other things we'dl correct too. So someone struggling with a certain issue, seems like he'd help them be the best with what they have swing-wise as a first step.
So all and all, a good first lesson.