I found this article particularly interesting because I always go through the equipment discussions with the kids at the gym and friends.
His point was that new equipment cannot help issues with your swing. If you slice the ball because of how your club face is at impact, it is going to do the same with a new club. He says its much wiser to invest in lessons first and equipment after.
I want to throw fitness into the mix here. Fitness for golfers can help improve strength and mobility which leads to better ability to swing pain free. Simply it helps improve performance while also reducing risk of pain or injury,
I agree with Jon that lessons are more important than equipment. I got new clubs last year and got coaching this year. The benefits of coaching are much greater than the new clubs alone.
For someone that is new to the game or a really high handicapper, they need lessons. You have to be able to hit the ball somewhat in order to get the benefits of fitness. As the handicap comes down, fitness starts to be really important.
Strength, stability, and mobility training will do a couple of things to help enhance the effect of lessons. You will be able to hit the ball further with the same swing by adding strength. If your ball is under control most of the time then strength is really important.
Mobility will allow you to get into better positions in the swing. This allows your golf coach to give you the best possible guidance. He or she would not have to work around movement restrictions.
More core stability will help your mobility and your strength. This is why it is highly emphasized.
To determine if fitness needs to take precedent a couple of things would need to come into play.
Do you struggle with distance but not accuracy?
Any aches and pains from playing?
Are your lessons more for tune ups and to maintain your level of play?
Fitness can be a real game changer in the above scenarios. If you are new to the game or have some real issues with your play then lessons will give you the biggest bang for your buck.
As I said earlier, it is definitely possible to work on fitness and lessons simultaneously. i would check out Jon’s offerings for the golf game specifically but I have a FREE report for core training for golfers. Check it out below.