Why Is It So Hard
To Improve Your Golf ?
The purpose of this article, and those that follow it in the series, is to help golfers understand why they aren’t enjoying their golf as much as they used to, or why they might have stopped improving.
When a human being is struggling, it is often because they have a belief which isn’t true.
Each article will explore one of the many confusing concepts and beliefs that many golfers think they need to help them play their best golf more often.
The fewer of these beliefs you have about the game of golf, the easier and more enjoyable you will find it.
If you are serious about improving your golf, you are probably already doing many of the things you believe you should be doing in order to get better.
Having some lessons.
Working on improving your swing.
Practising your short game and putting.
Maybe thinking about decision making and course management and other aspects of your mental game, such as pre-shot routines or concentration?
This begs the question:
If you’re doing all the things that the experts say you should be doing, why is it so hard to get better?
Why is the average handicap still around 18. . .
Despite all the time, effort and money golfers spend on trying to improve?
Maybe we’re missing something?
By taking the time to read these articles you have taken the first steps to finding out what that something is.
I know that some people will be surprised by the simplicity of what I’m suggesting.
After all, if it were that easy, wouldn’t you have figured it out on your own by now?
I guess you can look at it in one of two ways.
You could be discouraged, even somewhat annoyed when you find out that much have what you have been told, or read about the mental side of the game turns out not to be true.
This is quite common, because unfortunately many of the ideas and theories offered by golf psychologists and performance coaches are pointing in completely the wrong direction.
You might question the veracity of what I’m saying, or go off looking for research, or for more evidence before you accept or reject it.
Please pause for a moment before you do so. Later articles in this series will explain why learning to evaluate and then trust your own experiences, is often more helpful in the long run than depending on the experiences of other people.
What you are looking for is hiding in plain sight!
This is Why Many Golfers Don’t Improve
They innocently rely on the advice of others, rather than trusting their own instincts and intuition.
This overriding of their inner wisdom leads to frustration and a lack of enjoyment, the feeling that ‘it shouldn’t be this difficult’.
Especially when they aren’t playing the golf they know they are capable of.
All of the things you are doing to improve might well be the right things to do.
But there is a reason why they might not be working as well as you had hoped.
There will be beliefs that are getting in the way of you playing with freedom and realising your potential.
I hope these articles will help you start to explore those beliefs, and in doing so, see beyond and allow them to fall away.
Remember, every belief which you question, explore and discard is taking you closer to your true nature, and closer to you realising your true potential as a golfer.
If you have any questions or comments about what you have read here, please feel free to get in touch.
If you are ready to explore another belief, please leave your email address to go straight to the next article in the series .
The first belief you can let go
In fact, the opposite is true. Your best golf will be found by stripping away everything that is