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I'm looking to take a few lessons for the first time this winter and I wanted to see if anybody here haw an instructor they'd recommend.

 

I'm in in southeast Portland, but would be willing to travel up to an hour for somebody worthwhile. I typically shoot mid-to-high 90s, but I feel like I should be mid-80s. I'm mostly done in by inconsistency, so I'm hoping to make some improvements there. I don't necessary need the most experienced instructor ever, just somebody who's smart and knows their stuff. Cost definitely is a factor for me – less expensive options are definitely welcome. I'm on the younger side (30s), so I respond well to technology.

 

Anybody out there I should take a look at?

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I’ve taken lessons from a few different instructors around the area and don’t believe there is a better team than those at The Golf Farm. Brian Henninger owns it and used to teach out of Oregon Golf Club. He was a tour player with 3 wins I believe. Any Simanton is the instructor I use. It’s indoors in the Tualatin area.

 

Reasonable rates and they don’t watch the clock. Every lesson has been 2 hours or more. They teach a more modern swing, think of a toned down version of what Gankas teaches. What I really like is the break everything into pieces so you can play and go work on things but not feel lost on the course. An example is my first lesson we focused on eliminating my hip sway, next was take away and top of back swing, then another working on top of back swing and transition. Then came release, another just on 40-80 wedge work and techniques and yesterday was all lower body/footwork.

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I just take lessons. I haven’t heard of any TPI stuff involved but haven’t inquired.

The memberships seem really cool. From my understanding the drop in means you can basically go in and use their Trackman and hit balls indoors. I usually text Amy a couple days before if I am interested where as a membership you just stop by. If they aren’t giving a lesson they will hang out and work with you. It basically works out to a lesson that isn’t booked. I can not say enough positive things about that place.

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I have had great experience with Jari @ Birdie Finish Golf in OC. I am an 18 handicapper just looking for more consistency. His style has been very helpful for me, someone who has only golfed seriously for a few years and never did any formal teaching before. He is also a great club fitter and customizer. He is doing lessons currently, if you wear a mask.

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