When is enough? If we are always searching, are we ever really satisfied with our golf game? If you read the biographies of great people, they all have one thing in common: they never stopped searching. They were always on the lookout for some better way to do something, to improve something, or to invent something. Their tenacity or quest to improve never stopped.
Great golfers are the same way. Players like Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods were always searching for that one skill to give them the edge over their opponent. As they continued on their journey to improvement, they reach dizzying heights most people see as out of their reach. They should be commended for showing us the way, but their quest of improvement also had one common theme: they never forgot their roots.
Golfers seem to have an innate understanding of when something in their swing has stopped working. Over a couple of rounds, they may experience a swing glitch that results in an unintended hook or slice. As a result, they search for a solution for their woes by adjusting something.
Whether they adjust their grip, stance, follow through, or weight distribution, they try something to fix their swing problems. As they work on their swing through trial and error, their frustration and befuddlement increases until they are completely exasperate. Eventually, they find the solution and become relieved that their game is back on track. Little do they realize, their swing looked exactly like it did before their challenges started.
Basically, they are back to their roots of their swing. That spot in time where they were perfectly happy with the results and everything seem natural. If they could have hit the reset button earlier, they could have saved themselves plenty of time and grief.
The difference between amateurs and great players is that the latter would hit the reset button earlier in the process and moved forward from there. Searching to improve your golf swing is a good thing, however searching to correct a glitch is not the same thing. For both, the most efficient method to improve is to take a lesson from your local pro. I am certain they will remind you of your roots and help you create a new normal.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!