Saturday, April 25

King of Golf Cartoons: ‘Golf Instructor’

Copyright © Jerry King. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Are you self taught, or have you had formal golf instruction? Do you currently take lessons?

I was fortunate to start playing golf at age 12 and am primarily self taught, learning by imitation. I also give my dad a lot of credit for teaching me the fundamentals and knowing my swing better than anyone else. Dad would help me when I got off track, which usually meant losing the ball to the right.

As a junior golfer, I participated in group lessons with the local club pro and played some pro-junior tournaments. Those lessons helped me with my grip and provided swing thoughts about the takeaway, my shoulder turn and more that I still use to this day.

−The Armchair Golfer

Jerry King is an award-winning cartoonist whose credits and clients include Golf Digest, United States Golf Association and Disney. His golf cartoons are featured weekly at ARMCHAIR GOLF.


William Neilson Jr. said...

I tend to mostly be my own guy but I have taken lessons every now and then. I think having a lesson every few months...or maybe a few every few months really allows me to get the best of both worlds.

My swing is a bit unique and I have told the instructors that I don't want to make drastic changes as I tried that years ago and it failed miserably even though I gave it 2 years.

Handicap dropped almost 10 shots (well, I got worse by 10 shots).

Lancer said...

Instruction is great for correcting the faults that you've developed over the years to help you hit the ball with your swing. Instructors can help you if you've got talent. If you don't, you're better off staying away from them.

Marc said...

I quit the game for 13 years and then came back. I have taken a few lessons to get back on track.

In my case, the comic would not be funny, it would be deadly. See, my teacher is Lisa Schwinden. A picture of her would go well beyond the reaction in the strip. :)