How can you become more consistent with your Golf Swing? What do you need to do to become more consistent? In order to become consistent – watch consistent people! And there’s nobody more consistent on the golf course than the Players on the PGA Tour!
Golf’s merry-go-round continues to spin – every year on the PGA Tour you have two different types of Players. There are the usual group of Players that are always in or near the Winners Circle – then you have the group of Golfers that go on a good streak for 3 weeks and then fade away.
There’s so much written about the best Players – that I believe we should speak about these streaky Players. Because these are the Professional Golfers that most resemble the regular Golfers that you play with each week.
Why do I say this?
These are Professional Golfers like the kid – Charley Hoffman – that won a couple of weeks ago at the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Classic. Now don’t get me wrong – winning a PGA Tour event is a big deal and you have to be playing your best golf to win – you need to be playing better than any of the other 100 PGA Tour Professionals.
Though, we see this happen just about every year. Someone that nobody’s ever heard of – with the exception of family and friends – comes out and wins a big tournament. And they may follow-up that win with a few more weeks of strong play, but they slowly drop-off.
This is not a put-down on their abilities – it’s more about how similar your golf game is to the PGA Tour Professionals golf game.
Consistency is often our main focus. We all want to become more consistent with our Golf Swing. We all want to hit the ball in the fairway every tee shot. We all want to be on the green every opportunity that we have. We all want to make every 7 foot putt we have for Birdie, Par or Bogey.
Don’t you think Charley Hoffman wants to be more consistent?
Of course he does! If he’s not consistent on the golf course, he doesn’t eat. If you’re not consistent on the golf course, you’re just another Golfer.
But, here’s a guy that practices 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, 50 weeks a year and has done it for the last 14 years – and he’s not as consistent as he wants to be. So if that’s the case – why are you banging your head against the wall when after trying a new golf tip every week for the last 52 weeks hasn’t helped you become consistent?
If Charley is struggling to get more consistent so that his scores are the same week to week and his life is dedicated to becoming more consistent – while practicing around 56 hours a week, every week – how can someone that has other priorities and gets to practice for as little as 2 hours a week expect to get so much more consistent?
I’m not here to say that your golf will never improve.
It’s more about understanding that you’ll have some frustration out on the golf course. You’ll have good rounds that are followed up by bad rounds. Though you shouldn’t think that after one bad round – “Oh, I have this terrible slice that I need to get rid of. It’s killing my game. I’m playing worse than I ever have!”
And some people will laugh at that – thinking that people don’t really say those things after one round. Heck, I’ve heard people say that after 2 holes!
If you truly understand that you’ll never be 100% consistent – then you’ll be able to improve your consistency. Yes, you can improve, if you understand how to use the proper techniques and work on the things that are important for your swing – not the things that are printed in a magazine for 1 million Golfers to read. You can improve if you understand that even the winner of a PGA Tour event one week, can drop completely out of contention to 35th the next week.
Or that a guy named John Rollins that came in 2nd place to Charley Hoffman at the Bob Hope Classic (losing in a Playoff) – could come back the next week and completely miss the cut (ending up virtually in last place).
If the best Players in the world – people that practice and play more in a week than you possibly do in… well, let me put it this way – John Rollins probably practiced for 4 hours on Monday, then played 18 holes – then the same on Tuesday and Wednesday – then he’ll play a tournament on Thursday, followed by 2 more hours of practice – then do the same on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And then start all over again on Monday.
Yet, he can’t find the consistency he desires and it showed during a recent two week period. So with the limits of your practice schedule – how can you expect to be 100% consistent?
The Monkey gets upset after 2 or 3 bad shots thinking their game has fallen apart
The Player understands that you have to take the good with the bad.
Go ahead be a Player!
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life www.default