Why does it seem like some people are “naturally talented” at golf, while others “just can’t get it”? When the talented people first start to play … they soon begin to break 100 before busting through 90 into the 80’s.
On the other hand – some people feel as if “I can never get it!” These Golfers started off like most people learning the game, taking baby steps towards improving and then within two years they hit a wall and stay in that same scoring range for the next 5, 10, 20 years.
Then after deciding they need to take some golf lessons to start seeing more improvement … they go on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs with their golf swing that just leads them to thinking “I just can’t get it … it must be me.”
Which group are you in? Are you in the “naturally talented group” or the “I can never get it group”?
We find that 7 out of every 8 Golfers feel they are in the second category. You start off the first couple of years with high hopes as you’re seeing progress each time you go to the golf course and driving range. But this progress soon starts to slow down as you settle into your usual score in the mid 90’s or low 100’s.
Thus the creation of golf’s two most popular segments of Golfers – ‘I’m a Bogey Golfer’ along with ‘I’m a Low 100’s Golfer’. It seems to me that once Golfers put these labels on themselves – they almost never move from that category.
Is that because you don’t have the talent and ability to break through 90 into the 80’s or through 100 into the 90’s? Is the game just too hard and complicated that you can never do it? Is there not enough time to devote to your game on the practice range or the golf course?
I believe the answers for these questions are: you do have enough talent – the game isn’t that difficult or complicated … you can improve – you don’t have to devote an inordinate amount of time to your game to see consistent progress.
What happens with many of these Golfers is that you get so caught up in doing everything so correctly … that it negatively effects the fluidity of your golf swing. These Golfers feel they need ‘the perfect grip’ – making sure their golf swing ‘is absolutely on plane’ – or not making a smooth body movement because “I need to keep my head still”.
Now let’s go back to the ‘Naturally Talented Golfer’ that breezes through 100, into the 90’s, then the 80’s – how did they do that?
These Golfers are so focused on striking the golf ball with a smooth golf motion that they don’t have time to think about all these other things they “need to do” in their swing. These Golfers aren’t concerned about all the details that the ‘Bogey Golfer’ or the ‘Low 100’s Golfer’ are overwhelmed with.
The Golfers that get stuck in the 90’s and 100’s are often stuck in what we call the golf magazine syndrome of thinking “if it’s in print … I probably should try it.”
Who do you think reads these golf magazines more often – The ‘Bogey Golfer’ or the ‘70’s Golfer’? Who do you think is trying the tips on the Golf Channel more – The ‘Low 100’s Golfer’ or the ’80’s Golfer’?
The Evolution of the Frustrated Golfer to the Happy Player begins with getting away from basing your Golf Swing on all the ‘tips’ you’ve read and heard throughout your golf career. You can start the Evolution of transforming away from the ‘Low 100’s Golfer’ or ‘Bogey Golfer’ once you get away from the ‘Golf Tip Mentality’ that is keeping you there.
But you will only start to see this transformation once you start to develop a PLAN based on the Strengths and Weaknesses of your golf swing … not based on what some editor/producer (that probably can’t break 90 himself) decides the September issue should showcase.
By following your PLAN it will allow you to take your mind off your golf swing so that it becomes more automatic.
Thus you will be able to start the progression from a ‘Low 100’s Golfer’ into a ‘Bogey Golfer’ or from a ‘Bogey Golfer’ into an ‘80’s Golfer‘ or an ’80’s Golfer’ into a ‘Low Single Digit Player’.
But to accomplish this, you must start with a PLAN for your golf swing as opposed to the Perpetually Frustrated Golfer that relies on the mailman to bring them Golf Tips Magazine each month.
The Monkey relies on ‘Tips’ and ‘Secrets’ to improve their Golf Swing
The Player has a PLAN to improve their Golf Swing
Go ahead, Be a Player!
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life