Willingness to Change Your Golf Game

It is challenging to make any changes in our lives. Focusing on ‘what is’ versus ‘what we hope will’ be is an important facet of our golf game. Understanding our goals and level of golf we want to play is also extremely influential on your decision-making. Ultimately though, the willingness to change is as important as making the change itself. It is the strength of your desire to take that first step to improving your golf game that will help create a positive result.

No matter which golfer I talk too, virtually every person says they have areas of improvement they wish they could address. Whether they are a low single digit handicapper or a 30+ player, they can easily pinpoint something to fix. Unfortunately, only a very small percentage of players will do anything constructive to address their woes. Very few are willing to make a change because it is:

  • Too hard
  • Too frustrating
  • Too difficult
  • Too challenging
  • Too time-consuming
  • Too expensive (needs lessons)

I think you get the point. They are not willing to change and have a ready-made excuse to justify why they do not change. I can say that I am like that and from time to time. However, when my game has plateaued and it is time to make a change or accept that my game is not going to improve. This last statement is not acceptable to me and I hope will never be acceptable.

I am going to start this season by taking a lesson. This will be one of three this season because I am willing to make a change and I am committed to improving my golf game. I expect the excuses above will pop into my head now and again, but I focused on making a significant improvement this year. I am willing to take the chance.

As the season approaches, I will have to refine my requirements or areas of improvement. I have a good idea on where to start, but want to open to what the local pro has to say before I commit in my mind. By managing my expectations, I am more willing to make changes that will benefit my game the most.

Do you have an area you always wanted to improve in your golf game? What are you willing to do to make it happen?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

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6 thoughts on “Willingness to Change Your Golf Game

  1. Jim, congrats on your commitment to changing. The professional lesson path is a great one to take. Sounds like you’ve prepped your mind for the disruption it will cause and that’s a good thing. I did the same last season and was rewarded for the hard work with two strokes off my handicap. This season, I’ll do the same and for the first time will start off my lessons with some short game instruction. I came to that realization last weekend as I was practicing my chipping and pitching. Just can’t get my head around a method I like for more than one or two consecutive sessions. The professional should definitely be able to help here.

    Looking forward to hearing about your improvement journey!

    Brian

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    • Brian

      Thanks. I have to say that you are my inspiration for taking lessons this year. I followed your journey and realized that it is never too late to make effective change. I am excited for my journey this summer and I will definitely update everyone as to my progress. I hope you are hitting the links; I am still at least 3 weeks away.

      Cheers
      Jim

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      • Jim, been practicing every weekend but am still working through this elbow tendonitis. It hurts even when I simply grip a club. The good news is that I played with this condition back in 2013 and while painful, can’t do any structural damage. Only rest will let it go away but the season has started so there’s not much time for rest. I’ll play through it with the help of a brace and some Advil. I’m hoping that some early instruction and success will take my mind off the pain. There’s a lot you can put up with when you are going low!

        Thanks,

        Brian

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      • Brian,

        That is a shame about your elbow. I played through a similar injury a few years back. It took 3/4 of the season to heal. I hope you get the success you need to stay motivated to play with pain. Glad to hear your season is starting and you have time to practice.

        Cheers Jim

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  2. It can certainly be frustrating. Generally because we just aren’t doing it right to begin with which means we have to relearn from the beginning. Something that takes more time that a lot of people are willing to put in. But, I think it’s more than worth the effort. It was almost 6 months of struggle before I got back to playing decent. But after that, I started playing better than ever. That’s addictive. You may not have to go through as rough a time as I did, but you can expect some struggles just the same. We’ve seen it in the pros too. Best wishes for a quick return and better golf after.

    Well, I got to see Tiger play today. The crowds around him were huge so I found a spot between holes 14 and 15 and waited for him. I got to watch him play 14,15,16, and his second shot on 9 that way without a few hundred people in front of me. On 14, those that hit their drive well were hitting a 3 wood right over my head which was a little nerve wracking, but fun. The spot I had chosen was right above the flower bed that spells out Innesbrook. A spot I have landed on thanks to a bad second shot, but birdied from once. They’ve added some big rocks there so no doing that again. It was one of the better spots because it didn’t get crowded at all. I was on the ropes for everything on both of those holes. The thing I found strange (and a bit heartening for my own game) was how many struggled on 14 and 15. Those are two of the easier holes on the course. I saw just as many birdies from those laying up as from those who went for it on the par 5 14, no eagles at all and lots of pars because they just didn’t hit the approach far enough. And I had to duck a couple of times on the short par 3 15 from pros missing that big green wide right when the pin was left.

    But it was great to see Tiger, Spieth, Stenson, Furyk, Snedeker, Watney, Grace, Zack Johnson, Poulter, Lowry, Harrington, Casey, etc., etc.. One thing that I was reminded of since the last time I was there is that they all look smaller in real life than on TV. The one group I missed that I wanted to see was Rose and McIlroy. I assume they went through while I was off watching 16 or watching Tiger on 9. But all in all, it was a nice day out there. Now I need to get out and play tomorrow so I can watch the finish on Sunday in comfort.

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    • Kevin

      Thanks for your update about the tournament. I was wondering if you had a chance to see Tiger’s group. I have heard your comment before about the players looking smaller in person and that makes sense because TV is suppose to add 10 pounds. 😉 It is interesting that the pros have the same struggles as us mere mortals, but are far more consistent. Again, thanks for the comment about the tournament, glad you had fun.

      Cheers
      Jim

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