In today’s fast paced, instant gratification society, it only makes sense that many amateur golfers are looking for a quick fix to improve their golf game. I would lie if I did not think this from time to time, but most long-in-the-tooth golfers understand that this approach to improving as a false trail leading to disappointment. However, quick fixes can provide a start point to improvement through only one process. Can you guess what it is?
Basically, I am following Ben Hogan’s secret of focused practice. He was brilliant about setting goals or milestones to accomplish and provided a simple, repeatable method to succeed. Here it is in a nut shell:
With time on my hands, I think I will start to adopt this method in earnest. I already set specific goals when practicing, but fall short of writing them down and visualizing my success prior to starting. I think this might be a great way to improve the quality of my practice and improve my overall golf game.
What I like specifically about Hogan’s approach is that I forces us to clear our mind of the many distractions or “white noise” that rattles around in our mind while practicing (and ultimately playing). By focusing on one specific part of our swing, it helps us cement what we might be trying to improve.
For example, yesterday I was working on my wrist action from my waist to waist. I feel that I loose power because I do now ‘snap’ my wrists through contact or roll them enough to generate power. Well, I work on this for about 20 balls and noticed some improvement. However, I will definitely need to revisit this area because nothing is fixed in 20 golf balls.
Ben Hogan provides a road map to improvement. It is not about quick fixes, but about improving our game through focused practice. I believe in this method and think it helps my overall golf game. It is a matter of putting in the time and the desire to improve.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!