Like many golfers, I have worried about how I looked playing golf. I wondered if my game was acceptable to hook up complete strangers. Because of my uncertainty, I would follow along with what others were playing even though I thought it was not the right shot at the time. If they hit the ball long, I would try and hit my ball long…..most of the time to my dismay. I would basically change how I played golf because I thought that it would be for everyone in my group. After failing miserably during many rounds, I had to learn to drop the guise of playing golf and actually play my game!
There was a time when my game would morph to make or ape the people in my group. From time to time I would have a good round and this success would reinforce my efforts to hid my real game. The challenge I faced is never really establishing my own game. I basically was a ship with out a rudder thinking I was navigating turbulent waters without any challenges.
After losing several matches I thought I should have won, I needed to figure out what was going on with my game. I realized that I needed to eliminate my inconsistencies and determine why I crumbled when the pressure of the round increased. I knew my game was in the twilight zone, but did not know how to change my current pattern.
So, I did the smart thing and talked my local professional, Gary Corriveau. Basically we talked about my game and he asked me several questions about how I approached each round. We discussed my course management strategy (I did look at him quizzically) and how I did not have one. Overall, he pointed out that I was making the same mistake many amateurs make by trying to play someone else’s game instead of my own. He let outlined how I was not developing anything tangible, but was playing like a leaf in the wind.
My local professional helped me develop a strategy for success moving forward which included what areas I needed to focus on the most. He is the one who helped my develop current philosophy of starting from the pin moving outward. That is exactly what I did. I started with my putting, chipping, iron hitting and finally hitting with woods. After 30 years of development, I have my game that I am happy with and continue to develop. And it all started with a conversation with my local professional.
Talking to my local professional was the best course of action I could have taken to improve my golf game. I think that many professionals are under utilized and offer much more for our games that just swing advice. Therefore, if you are struggling with your game, I strongly recommend you walk into your local proshop and get some advice.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!