Even a Tortoise Wins A Race

We all know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare! If not, it is one of Aesop’s Fables and you can read about it here. I think about this story often when I peruse the golf news and see the hundreds (maybe millions) of guarantee fixes that will lower my golf score.

I read some of the claims, but can honestly say that I most do not even catch my attention. However, before you think today’s article will be a rant, it is not. I actually believe that everyday I am panning for that one nugget that will actually help my game. And the quick fix claims are a great resource.

As I read over the claims, I realize that there is an important factor that most advertisers leave out: it takes time to acquire any golf skill and takes even more time to perfect it. This is a lesson I have learned over the years. And unfortunately, one that I continue to learn from time to time. Hence the Tortoise and the Hare analogy. 

Having said that, I am open to trying new things. I believe that if someone takes the time to analyze a specific golf challenge and offer a solution; then I as a life-long student of the game should respect them enough to at least listen. The might have found something I never thought of (which is entirely likely) and it will help lower my golf scores. I just have to be patient and keep looking/trying.

I prefer to be the Tortoise when trying to improve my golf game. It has worked in the past and will continue to work in the future. Quick fixes are usually the starting point, then the effort of learning and perfecting starts. It is all connected, but being patient through the long game is the key to success.

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

3 thoughts on “Even a Tortoise Wins A Race

  1. Jim, your points about quick fixes are very salient. I have a friend who takes lessons every three or four weeks and sends me his instructor’s video follow ups. I remarked that each video seems to have a different goal and set of drills, and asked why he keeps changing his lesson approach? My friend said that’s partly his fault because he tells his instructor what fix he is “chasing” prior to each lesson. I don’t think this is a productive way to improve and that if we all started focusing on the one or two things we need to do and keep working them, and stop chasing a fix for every mishit, we’d be better off for it.




    • Brian

      You are absolutely right. Focus on two things to improve and stay focused until your goals are achieved. Additionally, there is the cascade effect when one area of your game improves, it usually helps another area. Slow and steady wins the race.

      Cheers Jim

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