How to filter through instructors in my area? (Socal)

awolmartinezawolmartinez Corona, CAMembers Posts: 303 ✭✭✭✭
edited Aug 13, 2019 11:25pm in Instruction & Academy #1

I'll start by saying I'm a very rough 18ish handicap, but the definition of inconsistent. I'll shoot a +6 front 9, followed by a +12 back 9! It's so frustrating, so I want to start taking lessons, but there are so many available instructors around me, orange county to inland empire in southern california, how is one supposed to figure out which instructor to choose? Does anyone have a method or a process or any advice? Or even better, if anyone knows of a good instructor in this area please recommend!

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  • wagsgtwagsgt Members Posts: 613 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dana Dahlquist and George Gankas are driving distance. Check out their Instagram pages

  • miles59miles59 Members Posts: 17 ✭✭

    Go see Monte Scheinblum at Oak Creek in Irvine. rebelliongolf.com

  • Krt22Krt22 East BayMembers Posts: 7,403 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Aug 14, 2019 6:16am #4

    @miles59 said:
    Go see Monte Scheinblum at Oak Creek in Irvine. rebelliongolf.com

    Yep. No brainer if you are in OC

  • ebkebk Old and Broken Down Members Posts: 1,208 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
  • carreracarrera Members Posts: 2,603 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    GG is $500/hr now and booked several months out. So that’s an easy delete from your list.

    Monte is an easy choice.

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  • wmblake2000wmblake2000 Los AngelesMembers Posts: 5,915 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    The thing many better teachers do is they also produce supporting videos that lay out a lot of detail and give you an overview of their thinking. This information makes a lesson much more meaningful. So the videos provide the general education and the lessons provide specific diagnosis of what you should attend to next. I would not choose someone who didn’t have this kind of media support...

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  • jcoltonjcolton Members Posts: 42 ✭✭

    Outside of the instructors already mentioned, a few more I would check out are James Jordan, Josh Park, Mike McNary.

  • kekoakekoa ClubWRX Posts: 9,065 ClubWRX

    I like Dana, but I think his prices are up there in the $300 range now.

    My son takes lessons with Mike Block at Arroyo Trabuco. Very good instructor and player.

  • nevets88nevets88 Members Posts: 795 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @kekoa said:
    I like Dana, but I think his prices are up there in the $300 range now.
    My son takes lessons with Mike Block at Arroyo Trabuco. Very good instructor and player.

    What about someone who has mentored with Dana Dahlquist? His website has online lessons available from someone on his team. I think he is doing seminars/certification.

  • kekoakekoa ClubWRX Posts: 9,065 ClubWRX

    @nevets88 said:

    @kekoa said:
    I like Dana, but I think his prices are up there in the $300 range now.
    My son takes lessons with Mike Block at Arroyo Trabuco. Very good instructor and player.

    What about someone who has mentored with Dana Dahlquist? His website has online lessons available from someone on his team. I think he is doing seminars/certification.

    Might be worth looking into if cost is a big factor, but I much prefer in person instruction.

  • nevets88nevets88 Members Posts: 795 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @kekoa said:

    @nevets88 said:

    @kekoa said:
    I like Dana, but I think his prices are up there in the $300 range now.
    My son takes lessons with Mike Block at Arroyo Trabuco. Very good instructor and player.

    What about someone who has mentored with Dana Dahlquist? His website has online lessons available from someone on his team. I think he is doing seminars/certification.

    Might be worth looking into if cost is a big factor, but I much prefer in person instruction.

    I meant live instruction. Maybe there are some who have gotten certified by Dahlquist who are in the Socal area?

  • KC13KC13 31st StateMembers Posts: 403 ✭✭✭✭

    Mike McNary at Costa Mesa CC

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  • ShutSteepStuckShutSteepStuck Grinding like Briny Baird The ValleyMembers Posts: 1,508 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Dana is big time!!! One of the very best around.

    Check out Brady Riggs too. Mike McNary and James Jordan are excellent. None of the guys I’ve mentioned will have you chasing feels from day to day.

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  • TIM929TIM929 Los AngelesMembers Posts: 803 ✭✭✭✭✭

    How much are you considering spending on one lesson OP?

  • nfmotonfmoto Members Posts: 227 ✭✭✭

    Make this easy and go see Monte.

  • DaRizDaRiz SoCalMembers Posts: 1,528 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Monte is right in your backyard and a good value at $150. I can vouch for him. I saw him 3 years ago (first lesson ever) as a 15-16 cap and he fixed my issues in 5 minutes. I had to work hard to break my bad habits, but that one lesson gave me a huge push in the right direction. I give him 100% credit for me getting to a 9 within a year or so, and then with a lot of technical study of swing concepts (mainly Monte and GG videos), I am now am down to a 6. If you are an 18 you need to get that **** off your back and most likely have someone break you down. Monte simplifies the swing better than anyone, so I would totally recommend for a first timer (he's very gentle). :wink:

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  • awolmartinezawolmartinez Corona, CAMembers Posts: 303 ✭✭✭✭

    @TIM929 said:
    How much are you considering spending on one lesson OP?

    I was initially trying to stay under $100/lesson, but looking around it varies wildly from $60/hr to $500! I think the absolute most I would consider is maybe $150 if he is THAT GOOD. Because I get that I can pay $60 guy 10 times, where a $150 guy could fix me in 4 or 5, so it's all relative at this point.

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