Increasing Our Golf Knowledge Lowers Scores

Over the past 10 years, The Grateful Golfer has provided a plethora of instructional advice that may or many not have helped your game. The reason I have added an exit sentence is because depending on your golf knowledge, the instructional advice was helpful or useless. If you are new to golf and really want to improve your game, then I recommend that you increase your golf knowledge and turn it into action. This process is how beginners become great golfers. Learn, understand, execute, and repeat is how golfers lower their golf scores. There is no quick fix, instant understanding, or one specific method that all golfers use to be a scratch handicapper. I will suggest that all successes are rooted in the amount of golf knowledge you use during your golf game.

As an experienced player, I have increased my understanding of what skills and techniques work best for my game. I still have a very long way to go, but my journey is one based on expanding my knowledge and understanding of how golf is played. There are many aspects of playing great golf that are impossible to achieve without a foundation of knowledge. I could make a list, but I think that would just frustrate many beginners. I found a video by Mark Crossfield that offers some possible ideas on what beginner golfers might want to learn. I will say that this is not an all inclusive list, nor will it fit every player. However, it does offer potential starting points for players who have the basic understanding of grip, stance and swing mehanics.

The challenge most golfers have is understanding where to start their process. As I mention earlier, the basics of grip, stance and swing mechanics are first. After that, many of the concepts mentioned by Crossfield would be a benefit. However, each of his points require their own learning process of expanding your knowledge and fitting it to your game. I use a four step method that works for my game without fail. You can modify it to fit yours, but the overall concept is sound:

  1. Idea – The idea or knowledge concept s sometimes the hardest. Regardless what you choose as your focus ensure that it is simple, focused, and duplicate-able.
  2. Planning – This is better known as the how-to step. This is when you come up the plan on specifically what you are going to change. I want to emphasize that keeping it simple is critical to success. Start with one or two areas and plan the drills, tips or approaches you are going to use. Once completed, on to step three.
  3. Execution – This step is as important as the first two. It is time to put your plan into action. Choosing how, when, where, and what is critical.  Should you play more than practice? Should you track your success? Regardless, taking action is the way to go. Execute your plan until you have achieved your goals and once satisfied it is time to move to step four.
  4. Maintenance – this is often the most overlooked step to how to follow a successful golf plan to expand your knowledge and improve your game. Maintenance generally looks like your execution step, but on a smaller scale. Your successes achieved during the execution step need to be fostered.  It is important to keep building on the aspects you have fixed and not to revert to old habits at the first sign of trouble.

Expanding your golf knowledge is important. As we build a strong foundation of understanding, it is easier to delve into more complex and/or refined topics to hone your game. I can tell you honestly, my knowledge journey has never stopped on or off the golf course. It is how we improve our golf game, lower our golf scores, and most importantly: Having fun!

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


4 thoughts on “Increasing Our Golf Knowledge Lowers Scores

  1. If you can’t take a lesson or you have and now you need to work on something then the best advice I can give is use your camera constantly when you’re practicing. What you feel that you’re doing can’t be trusted.

    Tonight was a bit of a disappointment. Not my play, I won the skins game tonight. It came down to the last hole. But I saw a tweet earlier that I’m now sorry I didn’t save. It was captioned I believe “the best turn in golf”. So the first thing I did was compare my swing to hers and of course that showed me something I hadn’t been paying attention to at all.

    Basically faults because my swing was too lazy. First, I realized that I wasn’t taking full advantage of my newly acquired better turn. My hips were stopping well before they max out. I can go farther and create more tension all through the swing. And second, my trail arm is being lazy too. It’s just following along the plane instead of influencing it by forcing me to extend and get more separation.

    Between those two things are a clubs distance if not two. And I probably would not have noticed unless I watched myself trying it. She gets her lead arm to the 12 o’clock position and her derriere points to the target almost. By pushing my body as far as it will go I make 11 give or take. I’m not as vertical on the other axis either. My club is farther behind even when extending as much as I can. But some of that could be amount of bend too I think.

    These are things I wouldn’t be able to see and wouldn’t know without my camera. The fact that I can make the move at all I found inspiring. I see more distance in my immediate future. With a bit of work of course. This will capitalize on the work I’ve done getting my body to turn correctly. Neglected areas that now identified will get targeted for improvement. Areas I just didn’t know were under performing without seeing it myself. I count my camera as my most important golf training tool.

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    • Kevin,

      Yes, our cameras are a great tool for sure. You must consider that your golf knowledge far exceeds almost every golfer. You have cultivated the changes you want and work through the frustration of figuring out how to best make those changes fit your game. Golf knowledge comes in many forms and using what we have around us, like your camera, is a great lesson for all amateur golfers.

      Cheers Jim


      • I couldn’t give it all a try tonight. Rain got in the way. But I did get to hit a couple 3/4 swings with the gap wedge just before dark and just try to force the extension. Can’t make any real judgements because I’m not moving to the position naturally yet. I have to force it as I come into transition. But I can see that it’s possible for me to make a good connection that way. And I can see it’s going to fly longer.

        Too many variables to get any clear picture of how much just extending better might bring. The act of extending takes me a little past the 3/4 mark I would normally be at and I didn’t film so I don’t even know exactly how much. It’s just from feel. But I can say that I was playing around the back half instead of the front half of the green that a normal 3/4 swing gets me. Encouraging. 👍

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