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    Golf coaches

    I have had 3 golf coaches in the last 3 years

    1st one wasn't a good coach we just ended up laughing about all time (partly bad student for just sticking with it aswell) but he always replied to me and still we talk now .. ended up a mate

    2nd was very decent improved me but moved abroad and suggested I go to his colleague next

    So that's where I am now with his colleague , I bought 4 lessons and boy he is bloody brilliant at teaching me.. has improved my game completely

    However getting in touch with him is another matter

    Few months ago trying to book the 3rd of 4 lessons took about a week to book a date in advance (didn't return my texts)

    This time I messaged him last Wednesday saying looking for a lesson either Friday that week or any day next week do you have anything available?

    Monday lunch I heard from him stating he was fully booked but was txting his pupils to make sure all were coming and would get back to me that evening

    It's now Wednesday and haven't heard a dicky bird

    Now I love the way this guy teaches me and don't fancy a change again because it's taken this long to see dramatic progress but is this right? I appreciate people are busy but it's a week since I contacted him about the lesson and not only is nothing booked I have no idea what's going on

    When he said he would let me know I gave him 3 further dates I was free aswell incase it made it easier

    Am I expecting too much?
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    If get this issue all the time with people from various walks of life, who are running businesses etc. Was phoning them all the time to harass them to take my money!!
    I'd change again mate, I couldn't be bothered with all that mucking about. Just rude IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simbo View Post
    If get this issue all the time with people from various walks of life, who are running businesses etc. Was phoning them all the time to harass them to take my money!!
    I'd change again mate, I couldn't be bothered with all that mucking about. Just rude IMO.
    That's what the wife has said! That I should find someone else (but then again the wife doesn't play golf)

    Me and this guy bearly hold a convo when we are on lessons (I'm a chatter box) and we just talk about the technique and keep side talk to a minimum , the progress has been outstanding from him

    I'd hate to move and go backwards!

    One thing that is for certain I won't buy a block of lessons from him this time because I'd rather not be chasing him down all the time

    My mate thinks as his business runs on his clients and obviously he is a busy man he should take 30 mins a day to reply to his emails and messages to make sure he doesn't neglect clients

    Ironically the times he has booked me in he has phoned me at work and I've taken time out of my day to sort it all out!

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    No. This is not right at all. But as you find him the best teacher why not take a diary and insist he books all the dates for the course in at once so you need not chase him? If he resists that explain he may lose you as a student otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Copernicus View Post
    No. This is not right at all. But as you find him the best teacher why not take a diary and insist he books all the dates for the course in at once so you need not chase him? If he resists that explain he may lose you as a student otherwise.
    We normally book the lesson 4 weeks in advance which was fine but I had to cancel one lesson due to a neck injury and getting it rebooked was the tricky part when I came to trying to get booked back in when injury was cleared

    (Gave enough notice like 3 days before I cancelled etc)

    I would take the diary and book again but after this time I'm relucatant to book more than 1 lesson at a time so my money isn't tied up in him when he doesn't seem interested

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    Re: Golf coaches

    Looked a little deeper into replying skills aswell

    1st February I had a lesson booked in the afternoon

    Switched a shift at work and forget about the lesson being then

    This was 7th Jan so I let him know my mistake and asked to move the lesson

    Txt again on 10th to make sure he had received the message he replied and said the 7th February would be available so I took it

    Then I got injured 2nd Feb I let him know and apologised as this in my eyes was 2 times running I'd cancelled (even tho months notice before) and no reply

    Txt again on 4th February to check he had received

    6th Feb get a reply to say once I'm back from injury we will book a lesson

    9th Feb I told him physio had cracked my neck and I was good to go could I book a lesson etc

    17th Feb I txt again (no reply to 9th) asking for a lesson 2nd march

    Got a reply saying 6th march was free instead so took that

    Since then have only booked lessons via face to face

    Until this situation I find myself in now

    Looking back at the timeline of messages and lack of replys that is rather rubbish for someone who surely relays on people coming back for more lessons !

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    A coach who replies straight away and always has loads of time slots available at short notice probably isn't a very good coach.


    Does sound a bit like you were messing about cancelling lessons etc
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    If he's a really good teacher then I'd probably stick with him so long as he doesn't let you down when you actually get a booking. If he is just ok as a teacher I'd look to change to a better more reliable one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasit View Post
    A coach who replies straight away and always has loads of time slots available at short notice probably isn't a very good coach.


    Does sound a bit like you were messing about cancelling lessons etc
    Not after straight away but within 24 hours would be nice

    I looked at the texts again and a months notice of needing to move a lesson due to change of shift and then a weeks notice due to injury I don't think I was mucking him about just life getting in the way

    I spoke to my mate who used to go a different pro down there (before my mate moved away) he said I should try his guy. Very good teacher and replied within a few hours unless he was busy or sleeping

    When I showed him the texts he was shocked considering his reputation of being a good teacher

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    I have the same issue with various tradesmen. We stick with them as long as possible if they are decent but there reaches a point where you have to say enough is enough. The guy might be a good coach but his admin and response time is amateurish. Move on would be my advice.

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