Why Is It So Hard To Improve Your Golf ?


The purpose of this article and those that follow, is to help golfers like you to understand why they aren’t enjoying the game as much as they used to, and why they might have stopped improving.

When a human being is struggling, it is usually because they have a belief that isn’t true.

Each article in the series will explore one of the confusing concepts and beliefs that many golfers think they need to help them play their best golf more often. Unfortunately, these theories are constantly repeated in the world of golf instruction. Golfers take them on board without questioning them.

The fewer of these beliefs you have about the game of golf, the easier and more enjoyable you will find it.

Hopefully, by the end of this series you will have fewer of them and you will feel comfortable in challenging the ones that remain. My second book, Take Relief, is an extended version of these articles.

If you are keen to improve your golf, you are probably already doing many of the things you should be doing in order to get better.

Having some golf lessons.

Working on your swing at the driving range.

Practising your short game and putting.

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 golf 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!

The Reason Why It’s Hard to Improve Your Golf

Most golfers innocently rely on the advice of others, rather than trusting their own instincts and intuition.

This overriding of your inner wisdom leads to frustration and a lack of enjoyment, the feeling that ‘it shouldn’t be this difficult’.

Especially when you aren’t playing the golf you know you 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 follow this link to go straight to the next article in the series . 


The first belief you can let go of: what you are looking for will be found in more knowledge and more information.

In fact, the opposite is true. Your best golf will be found by stripping away everything that is superfluous, until only what is essential remains.

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