Q: I am new to golf and EWGA. Should I sign up for a League?
A: No. Most likely you should sign up for several clinics. A league requires on course experience, knowledge of the game and etiquette. You will feel more comfortable taking our clinics, which are usually given on the range, which will be more fun.
Q: How do I sign up for an EWGA Westchester clinic? Where do I find information?
A. Clinics are listed under upcoming events in the category LEARN. Click on the clinic you are interested in and you will be brought to the registration page. All new clinics are announced first via email to the Westchester membership. Walk-ins the night of the clinic are not permitted.
Q : Where are clinics held and who conducts them?
A: The EWGA Westchester Chapter attempts to host clinics at most of the courses where there are EWGA Westchester leagues. The Golf Pros from that course deliver the clinic. Courses where clinics are held include: Saxon Woods, Sprain Lakes, Dunwoodie, Doral Golf Course, Fairview Golf Center. For directions, location, and information please "google" the course.
Q: What is the format of a clinic?
A: Most clinics are delivered in a 4 week, 1 hour session per week, format. The Chapter works with the pro to ensure that the skill set identified by EWGA Headquarters is taught. We try and maintain a 8:1 student/pro ratio whenever possible. The pro(s) will review a specific golf swing each week and will then work with the participants for the duration of the clinic.
Sometimes several different pros will teach a clinic. Unfortunately, we do not have control over who teaches the clinic or if a different pro steps in to teach a clinic midway. Again, these are "group" activities. Should you desire to work with a specific pro, it is suggested that you consider private lessons with that pro. Sometimes the pro will deviate from what is listed on the clinic flyer.
Please note that a clinic is a group instruction, and should not be confused with private lessons. The amount of time the pro spends with each participant will vary based on the needs of the group and time permitting each week.
Q: Which clinic should I attend?
A: Most clinics are given during the week in the evening usually starting around 6:00 pm. You should select a clinic based on your skill level first, followed by geographic location. You should participate in a clinic that is suited to your level of play and not simply based on convenient geographic location. To determine your level of play, please review the definitions listed in the education policy section of the site. Please do not attend a more advanced clinic level unless you meet the criteria for that level. It is unfair to the other members in the clinic. For example, if you are still a beginner, you should continue to take beginner clinics. Sometimes, players stay at the beginner level for a few years before improving their game.
Q: I am a Beginner golfer but have already taken a Beginner clinic. I want to take another clinic. Do I move onto Intermediate clinics?
A: The answer is most likely no. You can repeat a Beginner clinic several times as you will always pick up a new skill. There are several levels of beginner golfers which are defined below. You should not advance to the next level until you have demonstrated the ability as defined in the next level of play.
Q: What do I need to bring with me to a clinic?
- Beginner: Players who have played on a golf course less than 5 times, have little or no golf instruction and have no knowledge about the rules or etiquette.
- Beginner Plus: Players who have played on a golf course at least 5 times, have some golf instruction, have limited knowledge of the rules and etiquette (they know that the furthest away from the hole hits) and consistently score in the 60s for nine holes.
- Novice: Players who have played on a golf course at least 15 times, know some etiquette and the basic rules (ex: when to take a penalty stroke), and usually score in the high 50s for nine holes.
- Intermediate: Players who play fairly consistently, know the basic etiquette and rules, and usually score at least in the low 50s for nine holes.
- Advanced: Players who play consistently, know most of the etiquette and rules, and usually score at least in the mid 40's for nine holes.
A: You should definitely bring golf clubs with you and dress appropriately depending on the weather as all clinics are held outdoors. If you do not have golf clubs, you can borrow from a friend or check with a local golf course pro shop to see if there are any pre-owned clubs for sale. Wait until you feel committed to continuing the game of golf before investing in a set of golf clubs.
Q : What do I do if I can't make one week of the clinic?
A: There are no refunds, cancellations or makeups. Unfortunately, you will miss a week's lesson if you are unable to attend.
Q: I'd like to bring a friend who is not a member with me to the clinic. Am I allowed to do so?
A: The friend needs to be an EWGA member or be in the process of becoming an EWGA member. Participation in EWGA Clinics is for EWGA members. We always welcome new members!
Q: How often are clinics given?
A: Clinics begin in late winter and run continuously throughout the season until early September. As clinics become available, an email blast is sent to the members and the flyer is posted to the website.
Q : I'm new to golf—should I take a clinic first or should I sign up for private lessons?
A: This depends on the individual. If you are brand new to the sport of golf, a clinic is a good way to determine if this is a game you want to pursue. A clinic will also give you a good overview of the game and allows you to meet new people at your same skill level.