Golf lesson question?

Zack K asked:

There is a local golf pro who won a Senior PGA open event in like 2005. His name is Mike Zwick. He said for 40 bucks he said that we would play nine holes and give me instruction on anything I need help on and then we would go to the range and work on more stuff. My goal is ultimately to go to college to play golf, pay for med school, then go pro and try for the nationwide tour. Mike said he would help me as much as he could to get to that level. So does that sound like a good price for lessons?

9 thoughts on “Golf lesson question?”


    Hell, it’s almost 40 bucks to play a round on a nice course alone. The PGA Pros at my work to on-course lessons at around 100 bucks at the city golf course.

  2. your goals are unrealistic as hell. you should go into the lesson not seeing getting better as a way to get rich, but to learn how to play a game that you will be able to enjoy for the rest of your life. if you go into the lesson with those expectations, you’re an idiot.

  3. yes, sounds pretty cheap. Lessons here are like 85 for a half hour. So that sounds awesome. Go for it!!!

  4. This is a good price. For 9 holes it will take about 2 hours. The range work will be another 30 min to an hour. So you are getting the lessons for $15-$20 an hour.

    Just curious on the schooling. Why go to med school if you want to play professional golf or play professional golf if you want to be a doctor?

  5. That’s a great deal!

    I hope you have some good back up plans in place and I assume you’re a scrtach golfer right? You just want more birdies. You’re also top of your class and getting straight As and 1400 SATs and A’s in AP Bio, Chem and Physics right?

    Why bother with med school? You sound good enough to just play Division 1 college golf. By the time you’re done with Med School and residency you’ll be almost 30. 21+4+4=29 years old. You want to start pro golf at 29?

  6. Price is fine.

    Your expectations are completely out of whack.

    The odds of you getting a golf scholarship are at least 1 in 10,000. You’re not only competing against American kids, but also kids from around the world. Plus, once you get to college, you’re competing for playing time with not only the few guys on scholarship, but partial scholarship guys, plus the (likely) dozens of walk-ons who would kill you in a second to get your scholarship. From there, the odds of you making the Nationwide tour are an additional 1 in 5,000 (among guys who made the 1 in 10,000).

    To be a pro, you’d need to have a handicap of about +7 to +10, meaning you’re giving 7 to 10 shots to a scratch golfer. Ponder those odds. Obviously someone has to be that person to defy the odds, but keep in mind that those are pretty steep odds.

    Without any status as a professional golfer, you’d have to go through a pre-stage, plus the first two stages of Q-School just to get some kind of Nationwide Tour status. By that, you’d have to make a top-20 finish after four rounds at the pre-stage, first stage, and second stage, all against guys who are as good, if not better than you. Guys who may have played on, or won on, the PGA Tour and/or Nationwide Tour and who know how to compete.

    Once you pass your medical boards you’re a doctor for life. Q-school is an annual proposition if you don’t win enough money.

  7. That’s an awesome price. You should be able to learn a lot from him. You should definitely go for it.

  8. Wow hate to bust your bubble but there is no way your going to be able to graduate from med school and then become a professional golfer. Both these things alone, by themselves, require your full dedication and commitment.
    My older sister went to med school and was completely engulfed by her studies and work. Don’t get me wrong, you can still go to med school and play golf in that little bit of free time you have, but you’ll never have enough spare time to dedicate yourself to reach the level of a professional golfer.
    Let me give you an example of something Hank Haney called a “Tiger Day” (he put Charles Barkley through this on his show “The Haney Project.”)
    Wake up at 6 A.M., 1 and 1/2 hrs of weight training.
    1 hour on the range
    2 hours chipping and putting
    play nine
    eat lunch
    1 hour on the range
    2 hours chipping and putting
    play another 9
    He ends around 5 P.M.
    Vijay Singh also practices around 6-8 hrs a DAY and tries to hit about 800 balls on the range, as do alot of professionals.
    You need to decide which one (golf or medicine) is your true passion. You’ll never be able to do both.

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