If you’re serious about improving your play, be brutally honest with yourself.Greg “The Shark” Norman
I think Norman’s quote is one of the best pieces of advice I have read in a long time. It really cuts to the chase about how I want to approach my golf game. Without going into more details (we have talked about this plenty), understanding that being brutally honest is as much about finding root causes than symptoms.
An abridged definition of “root cause’ as a failure or fault from which a chain of effects originates. Basically, sometimes an suspected something causes the problems which results in a ‘duck hook’ or ‘wild slice’.
For example, my grip shifts slightly to a strong position. As I pull the club back the face stays closed more than normal. As I move the club face towards the ball my hands release early. My follow through is lower than normal. All of this causes my ball to start left and ‘duck hook’ into the trees. The above scenario is real and I have had problems with this in the past.
The challenge is figuring out what was the root cause because any of the steps in the chain of events could have resulted in a ‘duck hook’. So, to figure out the ‘root cause’ I have to really focus on what I did and pay attention to all the actions during the next few swings. This can be a very frustrating process and I have to be brutally honest that I failed with my grip and focus on rectifying that problem.
Of course my example is a very simple one, but I think you get the point. The point to my diatribe was that being brutally honest with yourself about what needs improving in our game is difficult, but is really the only way to be a better player. It is hard on our ego (Your Ego and Golf), but sometimes our ego needs to checked.
Are you brutally honest when assessing your golf game?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!