If you are reading this post, chances are that you play golf in one capacity or another. We have all played well and we all have…..let’s not talk about that. Regardless of the state of your game, we easily grasp at any positive that shows up unannounced. However, when trying to find solutions to persistent woes in our game, we have the tendency to jump the gun.
Let me know if this scenario hits home. I am having trouble with my chipping. I have tried everything I could think of and now I am getting desperate. Nothing seems to work. Then, I stumble on to something that worked one time. I changed my grip and shifted my weight in an odd position, yet magically, it worked! Eureka I have fixed my chipping woes. I am convinced that this odd grip and awkward stance is the start of something great. As I hit the links, I quickly realize that my desperation to fix my chipping trouble is suddenly worse! Then my friend suggests something different and I immediately change everything only to realize this does not work either. My spiral to despair is relentless until I feel like giving up!
At this point I am ready to try anything. I am ready to sell my wedges in the hopes that these evil sticks will take the bad karma away. Nothing seems to work. I am jumping at any possible change to fix my short game challenges, when suddenly a thought hits me. It is like the light in a tunnel that is getting closer and closer until it totally envelops me. I know the solution!
I need to take a deep breath, slow down and clear my mind of negative thoughts. In my case, I need to go back to my basics and focus on crisp, clean contact on the ball. I actually use my putting rule of back 6 forward 12 when chipping. This ensures that I am accelerating the club head through the ball. I hear that familiar popping sound as I watch my ball bolt forward. To sum up my point; I fix most of my golfing challenges by stepping back and relaxing. I know what I need to do, but sometimes I just forget.
I realize that it is easier said than done. I have worked on challenges for months only to go back to the basics to find my solution. It is very challenging to take this approach to golf because one really needs to understand their game. Realistically, if I really want to find a quick solution, I should take a lesson; but, I am stubborn and that appears to be a last resort for me. Therefore, I guess I will jump the gun a few more times before I learn my lesson.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!