Are you open to suggestions about your golf game? I mean, having someone (other than a pro you pay to help) offer unsolicited advice about how to improve your golf game. Personally, I am open to any conversation, but I will have to admit that I am a bit remiss for a player offering solutions to problems they have yet to solve. I am not sure why a player would accept such advice, but it happens quite often at the course.
When playing my net Match Play round, my discussions with Rich were about many things golf. He never offered any advice even though he closed me out on the 14th hole, but as we walked around the course, he mentioned several times that he struggled coming out of the sand. I mentioned to him that I would be glad to help if he was interested in a quick lesson.
I actually meant after the round, but on the 17th hole we decided that now was as good as time as any. We were all alone as the course was empty. We plopped 5 balls in the sand. The first one I hit to show him my technique and to explain the fundamentals of following through towards your aim point. I explained about the amount of sand on can take to change the flight of the ball and its distance. Now it was Rich’s turn.
After a couple of practice swings, he hit his first ball using his own technique. For the next shot, I set up is position, weight distribution, aiming points and explained the importance of following through nice and high. His ball went 25 feet past the hole, but popped out of the sand as intended. He was happy.
His third shot, I explained about hitting 2 inches behind the ball and following through for 2 inches passed the ball. Also, he needed to follow through. The ball splashed out and stopped about 15 feet from the pin to the right.
On his last shot, I discussed how taking more sand will allow the ball to fly higher and land softer on the green. Additionally, he needed to aim a bit left of the pin because the ball will fly out to the right given the way he was set up. I offered on last suggestion to follow through nice and high. After this shot he was 5 feet from the pin and was ecstatic with success of these shots. I mentioned that he needed to head to the range and to practice. Sand shots are difficult most of the time and I had only offered the start towards improved sand play.
Rich was very open to my suggestions. His success out of the sand was proof he was a good student and open to many suggestions. I rarely offer solutions to golfing issues on the course, but our match was over and Rich had asked. Since we were not bothering anyone, I figured why not.
There is a difference to being open to suggestions and someone offering unsolicited advice.