12th Annual PGA Free Lesson Month begins in May 2009

The 12th annual PGA Free Lesson Month is right around the corner!  Starting May 1st, 2009, PGA/LPGA Professionals nationwide are going to be giving a free 10-minute lesson to any and all who are interested!

Regardless of your age or skill level, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the basics or improve upon existing skills or problems…

You can find a PGA or LPGA professional whos participating int he PGA Free Lesson Month at PlayGolfAmerica.com

According to Golf Digest, a number of things can be learned in 10 minutes, including how to generate more swing speed, how to read breaking putts, how to chip with a hybrid golf club, how to draw the ball for more distance, how to cure an “over-the-top” swing and how to use your legs for power, to name a few.

Whether as an individual or with friends or family, PGA Free Lesson Month offers the perfect excuse to get outside, learn new skills and get a little exercise, all while enjoying the game of golf.

“By participating in PGA Free Lesson Month, consumers of all experience levels will benefit firsthand from expert lessons provided by David LedbetterPGA/LPGA Professionals in a comfortable one-on-one setting,” said PGA of America President Jim Remy. “As we approach the one million free lesson mark, we are pleased so many consumers have already taken advantage of this program and invite those who have not to contact a local PGA/LPGA Professional and hit the links for an unforgettable experience.”

Since The PGA of America and Golf Digest jointly launched this nationwide campaign in 1998, more than 938,000 free lessons have been given. Last year, nearly 6,340 PGA/LPGA Professionals nationwide gave more than 106,600 free lessons to consumers. Among those who participated in 2008, 54 percent were new customers at the host facility, 30 percent were women and 23 percent were new to the game.

“One million free lessons is an incredible accomplishment and a great benefit to the game of golf,” said Jerry Tarde, chairman and editorial director of Golf Digest Publications. “We are extremely proud to be associated with PGA Free Lesson Month and thank The PGA of America and the thousands of PGA and LPGA Professionals who dedicate their time to make this initiative a glowing success.”

Every golfer who takes a free lesson and sends in a Free Lesson Card is eligible to enter a sweepstakes to win a two-day/two-night golf getaway to The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla., including hotel accommodations, round-trip, economy airfare, a two-day session at The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance and a custom-fit set of golf clubs. One hundred runners-up will receive a copy of The PGA’s First Swing Golfer’s Guide and a 2008 Ryder Cup DVD.

PGA Free Lesson Month is one of several programs designed to grow and stimulate participation in the game of golf under “Play Golf America,” a national marketing umbrella campaign that is supported by the golf industry. Play Golf America was developed by The PGA of America, with the support of Allied Associations including: the LPGA, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA Tour, USGA and others involved in the annual Golf 20/20 Conference.

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Leave a comment if you’ve done this before or are planning to do it. I’m curious about your thoughts on this one.

-Dave

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  4 comments for “12th Annual PGA Free Lesson Month begins in May 2009

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    I will be doing this again this year at Winter Park Country Club. I do it a bit different…every Monday in May @ 12:00 noon for 1 hour I do a group lesson, We cover chipping, pitching, putting, course management, rules, etiquette and history.

    Log onto PlayGolfAmerica.com and look up Winter Park Country Club more more info on this and all we offer!

    Thanks!

    Brendon Elliott

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    I think it is a great idea…I just wished they promoted it more.

    It is a great way to get new golfers hooked and this sport needs that…although the PGA is not the best at marketing themselves to the next generation.

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    Thanks for the comment!

    I’m totally fine with PGA not marketing themselves, leaves more for us! 🙂

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    MyGolf Spy…you are right on…As a PGA Apprentice (Very soon to be a Class A Professional) I’m trying my best to preach the importance of using new media outlets such as FaceBook, LinkedIn, Blogging, Etc. to spread the word on the game we all love. The latest issue of PGA Magazine (Industry Magazine for PGA Members) the cover story was all about this. I had a little blurb in this issue talking about my very positive experiences with this form of networking and marketing. BTW…Orlando Golf Blogger and MrGolfSpy…you guys are both doing a fantastic job with your blogs! Keep it up…you are true credits to growing the game through your blogs.

    -Brendon

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