“A Desperate Golfer that searches for problem solving golf tips often becomes a chronically Frustrated Golfer!”
There are several actions a struggling Golfer can try in their attempt to find consistency … unfortunately for these Golfers … many of the techniques they try actually prolong the frustration.
It often stems from something as innocent as hitting a couple unexpected bad shots with a normally trusted golf club and then having a knee-jerk reaction of trying something new in your golf swing.
Now this doesn’t mean that you try to totally change your golf swing. It could be as innocent as hitting a couple of irons behind the golf ball … and then someone suggesting that you move the golf ball back in your stance as they’re thinking you may have it too far forward.
But after changing your ball position, you may hit the golf ball with the clubface pointing slightly to the right, as it has less time to straighten out before impact. So by innocently “fixing” your ball position … you’re now hitting shots that are flying offline.
Which now leads you to make another adjustment to fix your direction issues by strengthening your grip so your left hand is more on top of the club. But, within a few swings of making this additional adjustment … the golf ball starts going either more to the right or very low and to the left.
Which now puts you in panic mode because you’re lost and messed up with your new ball position and grip. So you get a lesson from a local Pro who says the reason you’re inconsistent is that you’re getting ahead of the golf ball at impact. And what you need to do is keep your head behind the golf ball.
So as you continue to work on staying behind the ball at impact … you’re now hitting the ground before the golf ball even more frequently … and whenever you do hit a solid shot … the ball is still curving either left or right. And what once was limited to your irons … has now spread to your Driver.
Which means that what initially started as a small problem of slightly hitting behind the golf ball every-once-in-a-while … now has turned into a huge issue!
But you’re hopeful because you were given reassuring advice from the Pro: “Don’t worry about it … it’s going to take some practice to get it. And you’re going to have go through a period where you get worse before you get better.”
Yet during this time of trying to fix a small problem … you have basically been getting worse and worse.
So how do you make sure this doesn’t happen to you? Or if that has happened to you … what do you do to reverse the trend?
The key is to not panic … don’t go searching on youtube for golf videos. The solution is to get away from taking full swings on the driving range for a day or so … and move over to the short game area to hit 15 yard wedge shots. And most likely with the smaller golf swing hitting to a short target … you would start feeling and controlling your movements a little better.
Then, after starting to regain some control, move to slightly longer swings by hitting 35 yard shots. Once you start gaining control of the longer swing … increase your Length of Swing for 60 yard shots. And once you gain control of these … move to longer swings.
There’s a huge difference in “fixing” your golf swing with this “Results Based” style vs. trying to change something in your golf swing. In this style of improving you’re learning to feel your golf swing while making natural, almost unconscious corrections that get better and better without much thinking involved.
And because you’re making small swings … you’re basically focused on feel … and improvements pretty much happen without thinking or having to consciously make adjustments.
Whereas the Golfer that is constantly trying to change something often creates more problems
The Monkey is always looking to fix things in his/her golf swing
The Player is always looking to feel his/her golf swing
Go ahead, Be a Player!
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life