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Why Your Golf Lessons Aren’t Working

– Part 2

In summing up the previous article, I suggested that the route to playing your best golf lay in stripping away knowledge and belief, rather than adding to it.

I hope at this point, you might be asking the obvious question.

“OK Sam, if the answer is in less information, rather than more, how is reading these articles going to help?”

It’s a fair point, and one which I’m happy to answer.

It seems to me that there are different levels of knowledge.

Certain types of knowledge underpin other types, providing a foundation on which our worldview, our belief structure is built.

As you look deeper, you find that understanding one fundamental principle can often mean that a whole raft of information at a shallower level can be dismissed.

This is where we are going.

By peeling away layers of limiting beliefs, the truth about how we experience life and golf will be revealed.

From this place, we are much more likely to trust our instincts, than be pulled off track by the latest swing fad or piece of shiny marketing blurb.

How Important Is Your Golf Swing ? 

Let’s get onto the first belief. One which almost every golfer has fallen into at some stage. (I spent many years caught up in this one.)

The belief that achieving technical perfection in your golf swing or putting stroke is the key to golfing happiness.

I did a survey amongst all the golfers on my email list a couple of years ago.

It won’t surprise you to learn that most of them believed that the key to playing well was to fix, improve or perfect their golf swing.

There were a few who believed that improving their putting or short game was the key to achieving what their ambitions in the game.

But for most golfers, it’s all about the golf swing.

In my experience, this belief is one of the most limiting a golfer can hold.

Not because improving your golf swing isn’t beneficial.

It might well be.

Developing a technically sound, repeatable swing which delivers consistent impact factors is an important step in becoming the best golfer you can be.

Many golfers I meet have such a swing. It may not look pretty, but it produces a consistent ball flight on the driving range and in practice on the course.

Unfortunately, the results are less dependable in competition, or when the golfer starts to feel anxious or insecure.

Your capacity to deliver your physical skills, how you swing the club on the course relies not just on your understanding of the golf swing, but also on how well you understand yourself.

The reasons for poor golf swings at important moments lies deeper, beyond your technical abilities.

Perfect Technique Does Not = Perfect Golf Shots

This might sound like a contradictory statement, so please allow me to explain.

There are a number of flaws in the argument that perfecting your golf swing technique will guarantee you play your best golf more often.

The first and most obvious example which disproves this theory is that even technically sound golf swings hit poor golf shots sometimes.

We all know golfers with good golf swings who play nowhere near the level their technical ability suggests they should.

The reason for this is simple.

Even the most technically sound golf swings are highly dependent on timing.

The golf club is swung on an arc.

The clubface needs to return square to the intended starting line at the moment of impact.

When a golfer’s timing is off, even by fractions, the ball can end up yards from the target even though the swing looked like a good one. 

The second blow to the theory of the perfect swing being the key to better golf, is that you almost certainly hit some very good shots with the swing you have.

Take a moment to think back over some recent rounds. I bet you hit a number of shots you were proud of.

We all know golfers with funky, unconventional golf swings who play consistently good golf and are very hard to beat.

Which begs the question:

How can the golf swing be ‘the most important factor in playing your best golf’, when good golf swings can shoot bad scores, and technically unusual golf swings can shoot very good ones?

Logically, it just doesn’t stack up.

Please consider this question for a moment.

In terms of value for time and money is spending hours fixing or refining your golf swing the most efficient use of your time, if your goal is to be more consistent?

The evidence would suggest not.

At least not until you have realised and fully understood what causes a golfer to tighten up and lose their timing

Understanding how your mind works is the underlying key to unlock everything we are looking for as golfers.

It will help you swing with good rhythm and timing, allowing you to play your best golf more often.

It will help you learn, fix or refine your golf swing.

It will allow you to maximise the benefits you get from whatever practice time you have available.

It will help you overcome any feelings of frustration, pressure or anxiety.

It will help you discover your inner resilience and mental strength when the going gets tough.

Most golfers sense that the mental side of the game is important.

Unfortunately, most golfers look in this direction as the last resort when the wheels are coming off, rather than as the foundation which everything else should be built on.

In a large part this is down to the often contradictory teaching and advice which has been offered by the field of sports psychology, up until now.

Many golfers want to learn more about the subject, they just don’t really know how, or are confused by the muddled and conflicting information they are receiving.

Overcoming this confusion is why I wrote my second book, and is what we spend most time on when I’m working with better golfers, or those who don’t want to spend a lot of time rebuilding their golf swing. It’s why I created my golf mentoring program.
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In summary

A good golf swing is no guarantee you’ll play great golf all the time. Even the best players in the world lose their rhythm and timing occasionally.

Understanding how your mind works will help you play better with what you have. Doing so will help you learn and improve in the mid to long term.

Therefore, would it not make sense to learn about why you feel the way you feel before you spend loads of money on lessons, or valuable hours down the driving range?