Do you want to have your best summer of Golf ever? Then repeat after me – say it out loud so it means more than just it saying to yourself:
“Going ahead from this day forward – I solemnly swear to work on my golf game with the specific goal of improvement. Not a minute of my time will have anything to do with just mindlessly hitting golf ball after golf ball. My game is too important for me to fall into that bad habit.
“From now on, I’m committed to working specifically on the drills that will help me to improve the Weaknesses in my golf swing. I will not just see a golf tip in a golf magazine and decide that this is what I need to work on. I will have to make an honest decision on whether that tip really pertains to my golf swing as opposed to just trying it because it’s in the magazine or on television.
“I realize that I need to hit the golf ball better to score better, but I also need to convince myself that 36 putts a round or more is too much. In the past, I’ve always had the philosophy that my putting is good enough and that I’ll start working on it when I get my golf swing more consistent.
“Yet, I’ve been working on trying to become more consistent for the last 5 years and if I kept that same philosophy, it might be another 5 years before I get to my putting. I need to really stay adamant about this because 36 putts is at least 4 putts too many per round. And really, if I do have only 36 putts a round, it was good putting day for me – in reality I probably average 40 or more putts per round.
“And if I just spend 25% of the time I usually reserved for the driving range and used it for my putting – I could easily go from 40 putts to 32 putts in a short timeframe. Hey, an 8 stroke improvement isn’t a bad thing! If you had asked me if I wanted to improve my full swing to improve 8 strokes – I’d be all over that as quick as you could flip a switch, but for some reason – it never meant as much when it came to putting.
“I wonder why Golfers aren’t as enthused about improving their putting 8 strokes? Why is it that in the past that improving 8 strokes with my putter didn’t seem as appealing as improving 8 strokes with my Driver?
“I mean, 8 strokes is 8 strokes regardless of what area you improve upon.
“My goal is to improve. And the way to see improvement and have it continue through the years is to have a PLAN – that’ll allow me to stay focused on what I need to work on. In the past, I’ve jumped from drill to drill and swing thought to swing thought trying to find “The Magic”. Yet, the only thing I found was that I was never happy with my game. From now on – I’m staying focused on the drills that I know are going to improve the Weaknesses in my golf swing!
“Golfers around the world often times become so distracted that they lose focus at the driving range. They fall prey to getting away from their PLAN of improving how they hit the golf ball and get into a ball bashing session that often includes alternating moments of exhilaration; followed closely by long periods of despair.
“Not me anymore – that’s the old me. I want to be a Player. And you just can’t call yourself a Player and expect to become one – You Need To Earn Player Status!!”
It’s easy to read the above – it’s a little more difficult to make sure you live by it. Though, if you want to earn Player Status – you need to stay committed as opposed to getting distracted by all the new swing tips that are put in your path each year.
The Monkey says they want to become a Player, yet doesn’t commit to a PLAN
The Player reads this GIW over and over and lives it
Go ahead, Be a Player!
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life