So if you’ve been reading along the last couple of weeks, you’re probably waiting for the 3rd difference between the 2-golfers. If you’re 1 of the 117 or so new subscribers to Golf Improvement Weekly – let me fill you in on what’s been happening here: I know these 2-golfers that are going in almost opposite directions with their golf games. The first golfer is a 21-handicap that has been playing for 15-years and he’s been stuck as 21-handicap for 13 of those years. The second golfer has a completely different approach to the game and it shows. He’s been playing for 3 1/2 years and this past fall got down to an 11-handicap.
So the question these past 3-weeks has been – How’s that possible? How can a guy that’s been playing for 11 1/2 years longer, not be as good as the newer golfer? And again, we can’t use the excuses of not having enough time to practice (because they both practice about 1-hour per week and play once a week, they both have the same desire to improve, and they both have gotten new equipment in the last couple of years).
The first difference we spoke about 2-weeks ago was that the 21-handicap was a “Fiddler”, he was always “Fiddling” with his swing and therefore could never become consistent because in essence he didn’t have one swing – he had about 10-different swings and he never knew which one to bring to the golf course. Do you know anyone who does that? The 11-handicap knows his swing and sticks with it. He know’s he’ll have good days and bad days with his swing, but he’s not trying to change it every time he has a bad day – it stays the same. When he’s practicing he’s not always trying to change things, he’s just making what he’s got better by refining it and understanding his movements better. And by understanding his movements – he’s now able to become more consistent with his swing.
So what we’ve found is that the golfer that is constantly struggling is the golfer that might be trying too hard to improve – and at the same time is reading and listening to all the millions of tips that they hear from the Monkey’s in the office, on the golf course, on the TV, in the magazines and on the Driving range. The 11-handicap has turned all that stuff off. He says – “If I’m always trying new things all the time, how can I become consistent. Consistency comes from doing consistent things. So what I see on the driving range and the golf course is golfers always complaining about being inconsistent, but in almost the same sentence they’re speaking about trying this new tip that they read in Golf Magazine or saw on the Golf Channel.”
I’d heed the 11-handicaps words if I were you, as he’s come a long way since he was first at Golf Made Simple 3 1/2 years ago. Before coming to see us he’d been to the driving range 2-times and once on the golf course. And in his words – “At the sametime as I was having a great time on the golf course, my first experience was a disaster and embarrassing. I said to myself that I want to learn to play good and the only way to do that is to stop listening to my friends like I did that first day on the golf course. All they did was tell me what I was doing wrong and then give me a 100 things to think about on every shot. And I was a pretty good athlete back in High School – I played a little baseball and basketball and I was pretty good at both. Now years later, I started golf and I was completely baffled.”
“The one thing I remembered about those other sports was that I wasn’t thinking about 13 things at every moment. In baseball – all I thought of was making contact with the ball and in basketball – all I thought was dribble or pass or shoot towards the basket. And I was able to compete without embarrassing myself. And I believe that was the case because I wasn’t thinking about all these little details.”
So in 3 1/2 years, he’s come from not breaking 105 using Mulligans and gimme’s to an 11-handicap who’s average score without Mulligans and gimme’s is 86, with his best score being 80 and when he’s playing bad he limits his worst score to a 91. So although he’s not a Pro or scratch golfer – you can still improve using his advice. In fact I think his advice is more valuable than 99% of the advice you’re getting from the Pro’s on TV or in the magazines because he’s been through what you’re going through and he’s succeeded in getting to a better level of golf in a pretty remarkable time frame!
So what’s the third and conclusive difference between the 2-Golfers – well when you read it, your first thoughts might be, “well, obviously that makes a difference” – yet, this is one of those “Easier said than Done” aspects of golf. Everybody knows that this is important, but when they get on the golf course – sometimes it just doesn’t happen that way. And I know that when you read how the 2-golfers handle this situation differently, it’ll surprise you because the 21-handicap is doing it just like he’s been told to do it and the 11-handicap is doing it like he’s done it in the other sports he was pretty good at.
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