Have you ever found yourself so focused on a specific aspect of your golf game that you forget to stick with what works? As a player who continually is trying to find golden nuggets in my game, I sometimes forget that I have built a foundation that works and should be at the forefront of all my adventuring. However, this is not always the case and the only real way to address this wayward path is to take a step back and refocus. It is not a bad thing, just part of the improvement process.
There is one important aspect of improving our game that many beginners overlook. To play better golf, everything boils down to one thing and one thing only: CHOICE! It really is that simple. We only have some much time or money to devote to lowering our golf scores and chosing wisely is a critical part of the process. I can honestly say that I have learned this lesson through many ‘I will just give this a try experiments’. I have wasted some of my valuable time through the years by using Thomas Edison’s words: “I have not failed, I have just found 10000 ways it does not work.” Of course, some of that is true, but I wasted the most time without actually thinking about the process and where any change might lead.
Over the past 15 years of so, I have choose to be more selective with my time. I do still try to make changes, but I now have an end goal that is measurable and achievable in a reasonable amount of time. I develop a plan for success by choosing everything from specific goals to the drills I believe will work to make this happen. Fortunately after 45+ years, my experience helps me discard the aspects of my plan that immediately show zero promise. This process, as I have discussed before, is proven and works.
Unfortunately, there are times when my desire to be successful overshadows my process. My mind immediately jumps into change without thinking through all the possible ramifications to the rest of my game. For example, about 15 years ago, I decided to change to a stronger grip. I did it on a whim without trying it out on the range first. Yup, I was in the middle of around and thought it was a great time make a change. What a mistake!
I was stubborn and refused to believe that I could not make this drastic change to my fundamentals without success! Well, after 2 weeks of my worst scores in years, I decided to step back and actually focus on what I was doing. I realized that changing my grip was easy, but changing all the other aspects of my golf swing to account for my new grip was not so easy. I failed on so many levels that I switched back to my neutral grip and stop tinkering with my swing. It still took 2 weeks to get my swing back. Man, what a waste of a month of golf. Now, being the optimist that I am, I understand that this process taught me a valuable lesson that I use today. However, I wish I had not waste 1/6th of my golf season on a whim.
Choice sets the stage for everything in our golf games. It is a powerful tool when used properly. I realize that making uninformed choices can hurt my golf game and try not to do that anymore. However, I am only human and every once in awhile I still get caught up making impulsive choices that I need to quickly revisit. Ah, but that is all part of my golf journey!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!