A better golf game is achievable by any golfer. It doesn’t matter what your age is, how good a player you are or how long you’ve been playing. But the key to a better golf game may not be what you think.
The ‘standard’ approach to a better golf game is taking lessons; buying more equipment; and hitting hundreds of golf balls at the range.
Tip: During your drive, the back of your front foot should line up with the ball. The golf ball must be central and in between your feet during your swings.
Although, the above approach is not altogether incorrect…there is one crucial missing element. That element is your BODY! You swing those fancy clubs; you hit all those balls at the range; and you physically participate in the aspect of taking lessons.
The common denominator is your body. Do you agree? If you don’t, I’d like to hear you’re explanation of why not.
If you are following me, and think I’m remotely correct, then why wouldn’t you work on your body to play a better golf game?
I’m constantly hearing golfers say they’ve taken lessons, bought new equipment and pounded hundreds of balls but still have not seen improvement.
That’s the telltale!
That leaves just one thing…YOU.
Tip: Instead of struggling to try to overcome the problem, just figure out a way to work around it. You might find that the problem works to your advantage or that others view it as a personal quirk that you engage in while playing.
Don’t get me wrong…I firmly believe you need an understanding of golf swing technique, and golf equipment can help. But pounding balls just for the sake of doing it won’t help you play a better golf game.
Now picture this.
Tip: By experimenting, you can find the best way to stand while playing. Based on a variety of physical attributes, finding your proper stance may look much different than the best stance for other golfers you play with.
You do a few simple stretches and golf exercises daily and go out to play. You now realize you can make a bigger backswing with less tension; you have more clubhead speed enabling you to hit longer drives; and you are not worn out on the back nine.
Isn’t that worth the minimal investment in your time?
Tip: One unavoidable part of golf is that your ball will frequently get lost. If you have some expensive balls, you should save them for when you are golfing to impress someone rather than for fun.
To play a better golf game…you’ve got to take a different approach than what you are currently doing. One that gets to the root of the problem. The one that’s causing those mishits and inconsistencies.
You will be amazed at your outcome if you take this approach. You will finally play a better golf game.
Golf equipment doesn’t work? Did that catch your attention? I hope so. Now keep reading.
Tip: You can improve your swing by using your entire body. Beginning golfers often assume that the swing is all in the arms, but if you use only the strength in your arms, then your drives will literally come up short.
Just the other day I was watching the Golf Channel and they were talking yet again about the latest and greatest drives and irons. This golf equipment (new technology) that has gotten totally out of hand, is making these companies a ton of money.
Because they prey on vulnerable, frustrated golfers looking to play better through golf equipment.
Here’s my beef!
Tip: It doesn’t matter if you are a golf novice or seasoned pro, you will hit sand traps and bunkers from time to time. Getting your ball out may result in a destroyed sand pit.
It’s not working! I don’t care what these companies say…I see golfers everyday, buying new golf equipment and STILL not playing any better. It’s a known fact that the average golf handicap has not gone down in over 20 years!
It’s NOT the equipment that’s going to improve your game…it’s YOU!
Tip: Remember to keep going when you are playing golf. Other groups of golfers need to use the same greens; if you or someone in your group is wasting a lot of time, the people behind you may get annoyed or angry.
You swing that club. You show up to the range or course. It all depends on your current physical condition how well you will swing…and especially for 18 holes.
Is that registering with you yet?
Tip: Your focus needs to be at 100% for your next shot. Do not let water hazards or unsuccessful shots intimidate you when making your next shot.
How many new clubs have you bought lately? Did it allow you to play better…consistently? Be honest. Don’t let your pride answer that question. Just state the facts. Are your scores lower? Do you swing with better consistency?
These are questions to constantly ask yourself to make sure you are seeing progress. If you’re not…then save your money and get working on YOU!
It’s always fun to see the new golf equipment that’s coming out…but your game is dependant on your physical capabilities, not compensations with golf equipment.
Better golf solutions is a mystery for the average golfer. Finding the magic bullet that’s going to cure your game overnight isn’t going to happen. In looking for better golf solutions, you’ve got to think about what’s the main reason you’re not making a sound, repeatable golf swing that generates power and accuracy?
Tip: If you want to become a golf pro, you need to know what each club is used for. Knowing when to use woods, irons, wedges, and other clubs will help you to always get the ball up the course where it needs to go.
Common approaches to better golf solutions are taking more lessons; buying new golf equipment that will hopefully make up for your swing faults (such as offset/oversized drivers and irons); purchasing training aids that promise the world, but end up in your garage gathering dust or being sold on ebay; or going to the range with a new level of practice commitment.
The six million dollar question! Did it help? Are you happy with your results?
If the answer is yes…congratulations on your success! If the answer is no, than what in the world is left? You’ve done everything right?
I want you to think real hard for a second.
What one thing is critical in swinging a club, hitting the ball square and long, and producing results?
You dictate your outcome!
Let me explain.
Tip: Look for depressions and other damage as soon as your ball hits the green, especially if the ball traveled a long distance to get there. If your ball left a divot mark, repair the green.
You body has a current level of physical capability. It is what it is. Whatever that level is, will be your outcome. No ifs, ands, or buts about it! You will never consistently play to what you think your potential is until you improve your “physical capabilities”!
If golfers knew this little secret, they’d save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year on lessons, gimmicky training aids, equipment and range fees.
You are an athlete! A golf athlete! You’ve got to “prepare your body to perform”.
What other athletic event do you know of where the athlete just shows up without working on his/her physical attributes?
Tip: It is important to pay attention when you are golfing. Don’t delay the game by not taking your shot when it is your turn.
I hate to be so blunt, but it is a fact. Only until you realize this, and take it to heart will you achieve your golfing goals. Your BODY determines your outcome. Your BODY makes your golf swing. Your BODY physically plays for 18 holes. Your BODY dictates your confidence. I hope you’re getting the point here.
I can’t say this strong enough!
Take the approach like an athlete and you will never have to think of better golf solutions.