This is a short introduction to our Simple Golf Improvement series which will be published over the next few weeks. We hope you enjoy it and find it useful.
If you are reading this, chances are you are a golfer. If you are a golfer, chances are you would like to get better at golf. If you are a typical golfer, chances are you are not really getting any better at all.
Your game is inconsistent. You have days when things go reasonably well and you have days when you think to yourself “I really don’t know why I bother” (If you are a good golfer please read on anyway, it might be of interest to you).
The fact that you are reading this puts you immediately into the category of golfers who have the potential to get better. You may not get better through anything you read on this site (although I absolutely believe you will) but you stand a good chance of getting better because you are actively seeking information which might assist you in this endeavour. By being here you are exhibiting the two key characteristics of golfers with the potential to improve.
Key characteristics of golfers that improve
What are these? Firstly, you have an open mind. You are willing to absorb information and act on it to see whether you can gain something from it. You are probably fairly analytical and logical.
Secondly, you are motivated to improve. You care enough to do some research and put some work into the improvement process.
Because of these two characteristics you are already way ahead of most most golfers on the path to simple golf improvement.
Magic systems and hyper analysis
I’ll bet also that you are way past buying into the hyped up magic fix systems and programs with the “secret move” that all the pros use which can take 10 shots off your game by this time next week. You are also well past believing that changing your equipment is going to turn your game around without any real work.
I hope you are also past the super technical approach filled with complex analysis and intimidating scientific terminology. There is a lot of good information in this analysis, but it is interesting rather than useful when applied to improving your golf. When you learned to ride a bicycle or catch a ball you did it without a complex, detailed description of the bone and muscle activity involved. Why then would you need this for golf?
The super technical approach and its flaws
For better or for worse golf is the one game which has had more than its fair share of detailed dissection and analysis. Many are trying to apply this to the learning and improvement process. This is probably because golf is played from a static position with a static ball and thus lends itself to this analysis. In fact, what we are trying to achieve is the ability to perform perfect repetition of a very simple move.
The golf swing has evolved slowly over the decades but is still very similar to what was practised over a century ago. It is, in fact, a cumulative consensus on the best possible methodology to achieve the desired result. It is undoubtedly “fit for purpose”. Because it is fit for purpose, super complicated technical analysis on the finer nuances should be left for the pros who have the basics correct and can afford to micro fine tune their swings. Unless you are playing off low single figures do your best to ignore it.
So why don’t we get better?
Why do so many golfers find it so difficult to achieve real and lasting improvement?
Firstly, let me state clearly and categorically that without regular and constructive practice lasting improvement cannot be achieved. This does not mean you have to spend 3 hours a day at the range to become a competent golfer. Some range time is essential but it has to be structured, disciplined and occasionally with an instructor. An hour or two a week is enough.
The swing itself, in its different forms can and should also be practised at home. This can be done with an air ball or with a net. It should also be done often without a ball and in front of a reflective surface so that the golfer can see his own reflection.
If you have a lawn you can practise your short game with a real ball. Make it fun, teach your kids, have a beer, just keep swinging and drill confidence into your swing. Its all about repetition. Leave an old club by your front door, it will remind you.
The second reason why most golfers don’t improve is a fundamental lack of understanding of just how simple the core motions of the golf swing are. We seem to have this weird inbuilt desire to complicate golf and avoid this simplicity. There is often also a corresponding lack of understanding of the purpose of the basic moves in a golf swing.
The result of this is twofold, flawed basic moves and over complication. Flawed basic moves lead to a flawed swing and flawed results. Over complication leads to anxiety which is fatal in a golf swing.
A path to simple golf improvement
To address these issues I am in the process of compiling a series of posts which will describe the basic moves in golf. In this series I will devote a post to the role of each important part of the body in the golf swing.
In that way I hope to demonstrate to you just how simple all these moves are and how they can effortlessly be combined into an effective golf swing. When your swing is fundamentally correct you will be able to stand over a golf ball with a new confidence which will enable you to make a confident and relaxed swing. This is crucial to a good result.
When your basics are correct your body will also competently perform the majority of the swing process on autopilot because your clear mind is allowing it to do that. I cannot overstate the importance of this.
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