As we’re now into the middle of June – the 25 million Golfers in the US, 5.5 million Golfers in Canada and 6 million Golfers in Europe … are all playing Golf.
The question that needs to be asked is how many of these 36+ million Golfers are playing to their potential.
We have found that 2 out of 10 Golfers say they’re playing well or are happy with their game. 5 out of 10 say they’re playing their “usual inconsistent golf” and 3 out of 10 are playing as bad as they can remember.
Which of those categories would you classify your game to currently being in?
With 8 out of 10 Golfers not playing their best golf … it’s 4 times as likely you’re in the 80% group, rather than the 20% group.
What we see with the majority of the Golfers in the 80% Group is that they either do not practice at all or their practice isn’t focused enough on a specific weakness in their swing. Meaning their ‘practice’ is usually based on simply going to the range to “hit the ball better”.
What are you trying to accomplish when going to ‘practice’ your swing?
Yes, many Golfers go to the range to hit golf balls and start out trying to work on things in their swing … but usually 15 minutes into their session … their just hitting ball after ball searching for anything that will work. Thus, we call it the “Hitting and Hoping Approach” to improving your swing.
Meaning – you’re just hitting golf balls until something magically appears to help with consistency.
I have found that 4 out of 8 Frustrated Golfers are either doing the above or have done so in the past. And because they didn’t see positive results … they have given up going to the range altogether.
To be able to move into the category of playing your best golf and sustaining this higher level over a period of a few months – you need to have a consistent Practice PLAN. That’s not to say that you need to practice everyday. It could be that you practice for less than 1 hour a week. However, you need a defined PLAN that is focused solely on your “Strengths and Weaknesses” … not just hitting golf balls.
If you want to start ‘Practicing Like A Player’ tomorrow – these questions that you should have the answers to before you step on the range to practice:
What specific part of your swing would you work on?
What drill would you use so that you could isolate a defined weakness in your swing?
How long would you practice that drill before you hit a golf ball?
How many golf balls would you hit before going back to the drill?
What quantifiable measuring stick will you use to determine if you made positive progress in that practice session?
If you have these answers before your foot touches the turf leading to the hitting area … you’ll be moving towards the 20% that is happy with their golf.
If you don’t have those questions answered and just continue to have a Monkey Plan … you’ll continue to be in the 80% that never reach their potential.
Who are you going to be?
Go ahead, Be a Player!
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life