7 reasons why golfers don’t improve
ony Westwood PGA Coach and Director of Mind Fit Golf
First the Facts: What History Tells Us
The National Golf Foundation has been tracking golf statistics for
the US Golfing Population for more than 30 years.
Despite all the changes in equipment and instructional technology,
improvements to courses and conditions, and an increased
availability of instructional information, golfers are NOT improving.
In fact, as a whole, they’re statistically getting worse.
#1 MOST GOLFERS DON’T REALLY
UNDERSTAND THE GOLF SWING
You watch golf, you practice and you play, but you don’t really
understand the dynamics of what is really happening at 70-90
mph during the golf swing.
There are thousands of books and millions of online articles that
have been created to help you… or have they?
Did any they have your name on them? Or did you put your
name in the search box? I doubt it!
All those tips and tricks will not help you in the long run. It’s like
putting a sticking plaster on a major cut, it may stop the bleeding,
but not for long!
#2 Golf coaches/teachers are lost
That applies both to professionals
and your well-intentioned buddies.
For many golfers, lessons would
appear to be counterproductive.
Why? Because golf instructors
tend to share too much technical
Plus your buddies are, well they
are your buddies!
There are plenty of knowledgeable
golf coaches. A great golf coach
will guide you through the learning
process. You are unique and it
is your swing!
A good swing takes practice…
there’s a hint to #3
This is a great tip!
Write this one down!
#3. Improper Practice
Have you noticed before going to the first tee, professionals go on
the range and putting green – so do you don’t you?
How many times have you gone to the range and just hit 100 or
more balls and left? You didn’t really have a specific reason for
even being there! You showed up, hacked some balls, and left.
So on to the putting green - then you go and practice missing,
not holing putts!
Your practice routine doesn’t simulate real play. There is no
consequence when you play a poor shot on the range, or miss a
In effect you train yourself to play poor golf!
Well done! You’ve succeeded. It was all down to you after all…
#4. Too stubborn to accept instruction
Stubborn? Not you? Think again, no one’s listening so tell yourself the
Most golfers believe that they can do it on their own. Some are so
good they don’t have to practice. While this may be true, there will
always be a point where expert advice may be necessary.
Even the professionals have a caddy to help them! Or maybe you
think caddies are there to just carry the bag.
Go for a lesson or group coaching session to help improve your swing
and your game.
Now there’s the challenge - based on reason #2 you may have to
take your time in finding the right coach to help you!
#5. Poor Course Strategy
Do you play smart golf?
How many times have you played a hole
or a shot, and never really took everything into consideration?
Also, trying to make that 1 in 1,000 shot
you’ve never practiced before and you
have no confidence in pulling it off.
Jack Nicklaus famously said “Success
depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s
two ultimate adversaries: the course and
Getting the message yet?
We don’t mention your
clubs – too easy guys!
#6. Do not maintain proper fitness
Lack of flexibility and core strength is one of the causes for poor golf
Without an appropriate level of fitness, improvement of any kind is
difficult if not impossible.
If you’re serious (mmm… maybe that’s #8) try the gym, Yoga or some
type of regimen that combines flexibility training as well as strength
#7. Happy with the status quo or
lack of tangible goals
In order to improve, you have to want to improve.
Without a goal or direction, practice, play and
any program is going to be ineffective.
Take notice where you are today.
Make a goal for where you want to be at some
point in the future, and then go for it.
So finally, if you have decided you do not want
to improve then please don’t moan and groan
about poor results! Just go and have fun.
Now it’s up to you! You can choose the Ending
You can leave it there, just go and have fun. Thanks for reading
and hope you enjoyed it. OR…
Start to improve!
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