Arguing With Your Golf Swing

Have you ever had an argument with yourself about your golf swing. You know, when you are hitting the ball well (or poorly) and you decide that you need a change. The change many not be required, but you start to have an internal dialogue with yourself about how to squeeze that little bit extra out of your game. Sometimes this internal argument lasts for seconds and others for much, much longer. It really can be a game changer for your golf swing and usually for the worse.

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Failing to Succeed

Failing to succeed is a reoccurring theme in my life recently! Driving to work everyday, I listen to self-help, novels, or how to books on CD. I find that this helps pass my 20 minute journey each morning and evening. The CD I was listening to over the past couple days is from Success Magazine. There were five stories that dealt with failure and how it ultimately leads to success in life. As I listened, it hit me that their message was exactly the same as anyone trying to lower their golf score!

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How many times has a player practiced the same chip shot from 10 yards off the green; each time, they make a minor adjustment until they are confident in the shot. How often have we gone to the range and hit ball after ball until we felt comfortable? How many rounds of golf have we played only to see slow glacier-like improvement in our scores? Each time we play the failures are actually lessons for success.

This is exactly the message from the speakers on the CD. They stated: “fail often, fail fast, and fail big”! There is truth to their statement, but I would also add – and learn from your failures. It is important that golfers do pay attention to the many aspects of their game. Try to emulate the successes and always be open to learn.

Last night I played my first nine holes of golf for the year! It was very exciting and rule 25-1 was my best friend (casual water). The course was extremely soggy and it was difficult to find dry land on some of the shots. As I continued to play, I quickly realized that taking a divot was a real bad idea! My wedge was more like a shovel and my divots were more like patches of sod. Each swing taught me that I should be picking the ball instead of hitting through it. So after the third hole, I stopped taking a divot and my success rate went up significantly. This small example shows that failure is not necessarily a bad thing as long as we take away a positive lesson.

So as the season unfolds, I hope to fail early, learn, and be successful when it counts! Have you had repeated failures only to conquer a skill? If so, what was it?

Golf season is here and I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!