How to really improve at golf this weekend
And it’s not what you think…read on
1. You’ve been doing it all wrong
In case you didn’t know, it is standard knowledge in the golf world that average scores for golfers have not lowered in 60 years. We have improved clubs, equipment, course grooming, and teaching methods and yet golfers are still stinking it up! In fact, many golf courses are suffering low play and declining revenues since the turn of the 21st century. I am convinced it’s because it’s so darn hard to improve and golfers throw in the towel when everything they are sold doesn’t turn into lower scores. It just gets too frustrating.
Personal development guru, Tony Robbins teaches that “Growth” is one of the 6 main human psychological needs. Golfers like to get that need met through the challenge of improving and when you hit an immovable roadblock, you tend to give up if it’s just a game.
I believe the biggest reasons for this failure of the typical golfer is because they try to work on too many things all at once and they ignore subtle improvements. I too was like this as I was thinking about the 10 swing “keys” I was supposed to remember for every shot that my pro taught me. What happens is that your automatic, consistent mind gets confused and then shuts off defaulting you to play the shot with your thinking mind…which rarely works.
For some reason, and I think it’s because of the brainwashing advertising of the golf industrial complex, golfers have created an expectation in their minds of being able to find magic fixes and cures to their ailing game. They think that all they need is a new driver or new putter or zip-zing wedge set. They want instant results with no effort.They want a dramatic fix and they want it now and won’t settle for anything less…totally setting themselves up for frustration and disappointment on the golf course.
Yes, I know, welcome to the human race Craig.
Well, I aim to change all that and tell you the real way to improve at golf.
The solution is to work on one simple concept at a time and don’t move onto the next one until you have it down. One drill, one thought, one movement of the swing, one facet of putting, etc. Isolate something that will give you the best bang for the effort right now, focus on it regularly and often, put tons of intention into it and then move on to the next one. Here’s some practical examples:
“Today on the course, I’m focusing on being target centered….or a consistent pre-shot routine”
“This week, for my game, I’m thinking about improving my visualizations of hitting the sweet spot on my driver.”
I often work with folks in my office and we have a dramatic session where the client is blown away by what they learned or taught themselves in trance. They kind of walk out of the room with that deer-in-the-headlights look. The client comes back the next week and I ask how things have changed. The client has trouble finding much. As we move on to other topics, I highlight the changes that they made in their daily life that they didn’t even recognize. Sometimes subtle and sometimes huge changes. But they didn’t recognize them as changes.
10 subtle changes in your game added up can easily mean 5 less strokes or more on your scorecard. Now that’s something! Stop the insanity of looking only for that dramatic fix and ignoring everything else.
Allow yourself to improve your game with one of my no-practice strategies at a time and you will see improvement fast. Don’t move onto the next one until you’ve fully incorporated this one. Got it? Good….now go do it.
Break 80 Without Practice is loaded with such strategies and techniques. This is how to really improve at golf .
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