It sounds a little too good to be true—that all it took was twelve minutes with Class A LPGA Teaching Professional Sandy LaBauve to set Karen S. Carter’s golf game on the right path—but it shouldn’t be so hard to believe.

I think a lot of us can relate to Karen. Though we all can’t be super successful businesswomen, taking on the scope of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, we have all been in her shoes in one way or another when it comes to golf.

“I’m not one to read the instructions for anything,” Karen said. “I tend to dive right in, believing I can figure it out. I took the same approach to golf—which obviously doesn’t work.”

Karen’s golf journey has been played out a million times. Let me know if this sounds familiar:

Karen played a lot of golf before taking her first professional lesson, and though she kept golf as a sport she played casually and frequently, she wasn’t seeing any improvement from round-to-round. She had dived into the sport headfirst and hoped to learn as she went along.

If you’re anything like Karen, someone who plays casually with no real aspirations of taking your game any further than finishing your round with almost as many golf balls as you started, then you might be a little reluctant to start taking lessons from a golf pro.

But like any skill—whether it be cooking, driving, or underwater basket weaving—you’ll find you’ll have an easier and more enjoyable time if you allow yourself to slow down and ease into the basics with the help of a professional.

Starting to take lessons from a golf professional might seem as logical as going to culinary school just because the neighborhood potluck is coming up, but I can assure you, it’s not as big of a leap as you think.

If you’re nervous about seeking out a pro to help you, don’t worry. Maybe you’ve been to a pro before or gotten tips from your significant other or a family member, and it didn’t go as well as expected. Well, let me be the first to tell you that the experience can—and should be—different. And it can all be achieved with the help of an LPGA certified teacher.

Not all teachers or golf instruction is one size fits all, but LPGA Teaching Pros are highly-trained to target your specific needs and address them without talking over your head or making you feel inadequate about your game.

So, for the next twelve minutes, I invite you to join Karen for her first golf lesson and see that it pays to take the time to be a beginner.

Meeting Your Instructor

Before Karen met with Sandy, she was excited and had her fair share of nerves. She’d known good golfers, and it didn’t take long to realize that there were some common denominators separating the good and the bad.

“All the people that I know that are really good golfers have had lessons,” Karen realized.

Before the lesson begins, an LPGA Teaching Pro will take some time beforehand to get to know you, your golf goals, your learning style, your golf history . . . anything they will need to set a baseline and make sure you feel like you’re in good hands with your instructor.

Getting Familiar with Your Clubs

After learning about you, your LPGA Teaching Pro will take some time to learn about your clubs and how you use them. They’ll also help you understand the differences between each of the clubs in your bag and when to use them on the course. No set of clubs will be perfect for everyone, and it is more likely than you think to have been playing this whole time with a set of ill-fitted clubs—either too long or too short, or with worn grips, any combination of things that can result not only in high scores but the risk of accidentally injuring yourself.

Learning to Hold Your Club

Far too often, golfers begin their journey with a faulty grip and must compensate somewhere in their swing to overcorrect. This settles into your muscle memory and later becomes a hard habit to break.

“I understand why people take lessons,” Karen told us. “The fundamentals are critical.”

During your lesson, your LPGA Teaching Pro will take the time to ensure that you understand what a proper grip should feel like. As Sandy explains in Karen’s lesson, your hands are your only connection to your clubs, meaning your grip is one of the most essential parts of your swing. The grip also plays a key role in determining the direction of your clubface, which, if pointed in the wrong direction, could send your ball flying off somewhere unintended.