The Key To Golf Mastery
The key to golf mastery is simplicity. Golf is actually really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. You can increase your understanding of any complex subject by progressing from the simple to the complex. Take the fundamentals of a sound golf game and divide it into the following five parts and focus on these ONLY. 1. The grip.
2. The setup. 3. The back swing. 4.
The down swing. 5. The short game (chipping, sand play, and putting) Master each one of these parts, and becoming a scratch golfer will not be too difficult. By understanding the simple, you can understand the complex. Becoming a scratch golfer is simple after you have arrived at it. But it is simple only when you know what IT is. Nothing is simpler than greatness: for to be simple is to be great. Divide your golf game into simple parts, master each part, and you will become a great golfer! The hardest thing for golfers who have been playing for a long time is to change a bad habit. If your bad habit is you sway off the ball and you are working on swinging around a stable spine, this move will feel very different to you. You may even think it is wrong because it feels so different.
In fact, there is a good chance that your golf game will suffer the next time you hit the course. Most golfers revert back to their old bad habit because of ego, embarrassment, or whatever. Don’t fall into this trap. "There is no room for God in him who is full of himself." -- Hasidic saying These golfers will never get any better and will always stay on the same plateau they have been on for years. Some golfers have been on the same plateau as far as golf skill level for 30 or even 40 years. If you are happy with the plateau you are on. Fine. However, if you truly are committed to reaching that next level in your golf game you need to go through the pain of learning the proper moves which will eventually eliminate the bad habits you have acquired over the years. I know this is some bitter medicine for some of you to swallow.
I am NOT here to offer you a quick fix. I'll leave that to the multitude of so called golf gurus out there to sell you their snake oil. The road to mastery has many plateaus. Learn to love these plateaus! You will have to practice any new move in golf for 21 consecutive days before it becomes habit. This biological fact has already been proven by kinesthetic scientists. So accept it for crying out loud!! If this new move causes a major change in your golf swing, I recommend only working on the new swing move and nothing else during this 21 day period. Divide the complex into simple parts. Master the simple and you will achieve greatness in your golf game! Don’t work on too many things at the same time, this will lead to paralysis by analysis. If you decide you want to play golf during the period you are learning a new move. Play golf! Don’t work on this new move on the course, dance with which you brought to the course.
You should only be thinking about getting the ball in the cup in the least amount of strokes. Play golf. Don’t play golf swing! Practice on the range or at home, not on the course. If your scores and ball striking suffer while you are learning a new move in your swing, tell your self this simply means you are working toward the next level in your game and this is normal. Have fun on the course! Hit 'em Long & Straight! John Lynch.