Jumping the Gun in Golf

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!

14 thoughts on “Jumping the Gun in Golf

  1. Jim,

    The good news is you’re never alone in this journey, as every golfer at every level experiences similar struggles to some degree. I like your concept of needing to clear your mind. I think there are instances where ramping up practice and digging the solution out of the dirt is best, and other times we simply need to step back and take a break to clear out those thoughts, then when we return we’re refreshed and back to basics.

    You close to golfing out there yet?


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  2. I know the feeling of highs and lows. Been on a high for some weeks, best was 85, with two sevens on the card. Now I m struggling to find the fairways, and there is no wind, quite unusual for this place.

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  3. This time of year, before the grass starts growing again and after a season as busy as our was this past winter, our fairways are not in the best of shape on some of the courses I play and short wedge shots seem a bit harder to hit well when you hit to an area like that. One thing that helps me is to move up a club or two when the leave/shot allows it. I use that same strategy any time I struggle with the wedges and it seems to help reduce the really bad shots to a minimum. And I think that sometimes just seriously considering hitting another type of shot helps give a confidence boost to my first choice which helps me perform better.

    I’ve hit quite a few soft gap wedges lately when from the 30-40 yard range when I would normally have made a bit harder swing sand wedge. I don’t think I get it closer that way, I just believe that my mistakes are better especially off the tight lies we have on the course this time of year.

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  4. Jim,

    You’re certainly not the only one struggling with this! I think you might be on to something as you get further down in your article though. For me personally I just need to (in your case) hit a bunch of chips until I get my confidence back in that particular shot. I really think that’s the key. When you’re worried you’re going to hit a bad shot that’s almost always when it seems to happen. Interesting stuff to think about at the very least, best of luck with your chipping!


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  5. Jim, nailed it. Know your game, know your limitations, and understand it’s a game of constant adjustments. Momentum can be briefly captured but never held.




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