There are certain characteristics that a consistent Player uses that all Golfers should be focused on. As the frustrated Golfer consistently goes out and repeats the same mistakes in their approach to becoming consistent – they’re often left wondering why they are inconsistent.
We often find that the frustrated Golfer is constantly implementing new swing tips. And because these Golfers are consistently trying different things in their golf swing – it’s no wonder they are consistently inconsistent.
These various swing tips you’re trying to implement are usually a hodge podge of contradicting techniques that are just making your golf swing more confusing.
So another way of explaining it is: you’re consistently adding inconsistent habits to your golf swing … thus, making you frustrated. And that frustration is making you attempt to implement even more contradicting techniques that are causing you to move even farther away from consistency.
It’s a downward spiral as the more frustrated you become with your inconsistency – the more techniques you attempt to implement into your golf swing.
As a Golfer that usually scores over 100 would consider a round of golf that he/she scored a 93 as perhaps “the most consistent round of golf I have ever played!’ The Golfer that usually scores around 78 would consider that same score “as possibly the most inconsistent round of golf I have ever played!”
The same score – the same amount of shots taken – the same amount of skill showcased on each shot … yet one Golfer is buying drinks for everyone at the bar and calling all his/her friends on the cell phone telling them of this amazing feat. While the other Golfer is in the corner of the room muttering to himself about how his game has completely fallen apart and is certainly not telling anyone of his “gulp” 93?!?!
So consistency isn’t a standard universal measurement like measuring inches, yards or meters. Yes, 36 inches equal a yard. Yes, 1,000 meters equal 1 kilometer. But you can not measure consistency until you determine the skill level of the Golfer that is playing.
And the sooner the frustrated Golfer understands that statement – the sooner you’ll allow yourself to become more consistent.
A Golfer that scores above 90 is usually frustrated if he/she hits 3 or 4 bad tee shots in a round. “Oowww, I’m so inconsistent off the tee. I need to find a new golf swing. I need to get my swing video analyzed to find out what is going wrong.” Yet, 3 or 4 bad swings out of the 14 Driver shots you take isn’t that bad. Really, it isn’t. As a 6 handicap is going to hit 3 or 4 bad tee shots in a round.
But the 6 handicap isn’t going to do something drastic such as changing their golf swing because of it. They’ll look at it and know that they hit 10 or 11 good drives – so they must be doing something well in their golf swing. They know that if they try to change their golf swing – there’s a very good chance things will reverse as they might hit only 4 good shots and 10 bad tee shots next round.
Many above 90 Golfers feel they need to try something new with their golf swing in order to become consistent. Hence the instant popularity and then even faster decline of fads such as the “One Plane vs. Two Plane Swing” – the “Stack and Tilt” – the “Golfing Machine” – the “Square to Square method” – “Natural Golf” – and everything else that takes advantage of people looking to find miracles and quick fixes.
Understanding what your present skill level is … is of the utmost importance if you want to get to a higher skill level. Because if you’re continually trying new things in your golf swing in your search for consistency … in reality, you’re actually practicing inconsistent habits. Thus, how can you expect to become consistent?
As virtually every successful business has a PLAN to improve profits. As every successful coach has a PLAN for their team to win. As every person that wants to drive to a new destination in the shortest amount time has a PLAN (map or gps giving them directions). Every Golfer that wants to see success needs a consistent PLAN that they consistently follow.
If you want to be a consistent Player, then you need a PLAN that is based on your current skill level. Just as a 6 handicap shouldn’t follow the PLAN of an above 90 Golfer – the above 90 Golfer shouldn’t have the PLAN of a 6 handicap. If they do … they will never get there. The only address that Golfer will ever find is … 2 Frustration Ave.
The Monkey consistently uses inconsistent techniques to improve their golf swing
The Player consistently has a PLAN to improve
Go ahead … be a Player!
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life