Golf is a simply complicated sport. Everytime a player hits the links, they have the opportunity to score really low or really high relative to their skill level. Most think that is the best time to pinpoint what is going right or wrong. Or is it?
If a player consistently shoots in the low 100, 90, 80 or 70, identifying positive and challenging aspects of their game is important. This process, if the player really wants to improve, is continuous and unrelenting. However, identifying areas to improvement is specific to each player and it is impossible to use generalities to guarantee a better golf swing. Therefore, which is the best method? Who can help? Are there methods?
The short answer is yes, there are methods. Which is the best…..depends on the player. Who can help….basically it is up to the person to seek and conquer the challenges of improving their golf game. Having said that, the following are my suggestions on how to improve your game:
BroNet. Sometimes referred to as the buddy system. While out on the course your friend will notice something in your swing that they believe you should correct. Generally, it varies on a shot by shot basis. It has a tendency to cause more confusion that success, but sometimes it is helpful. The quality of the advice depends on the skill level of the player giving it.
Self-Taught. This is where a player will research various skills, look for tips, watch others and try to duplicate. This method can be very good, especially if you use websites like Hit It Solid, Slice of Golf, Gorilla Golf, All About Golf or Mind Body Golf. And of course The Grateful Golfer site! (Sorry for the shameless plug….just could not help myself) They offer tips on golf, the challenging aspects of the mental game of golf, course reviews and will allow for interaction via comments/questions to help improve your game. This method is generally how most players start.
PGA. Having your local professional, like Dan Garagan at Pinewood Park Golf Course, North Bay, Ontario, Canada, analyse your swing and provide helpful tips on how to improve is definitely a winner. They have the skill and expertise to help. The only draw back on this method is that you must be willing to learn from their sage advice. It is difficult and sometimes causes a player to initially score higher, but in the long run it is probably the best way to learn golf.
Wing It! The last method is the most fun! Basically, you have no plan nor want one. Each day is an adventure and you real goal is enjoy the experience. The million dollar shot you can brag about is what you seek. There is nothing wrong with this method, however your game will develop slowly if at all. This is not a problem because you play for the fun of the game.
Finding weaknesses in your game is relatively easy. Fixing them is usually the problem. For me, the best method to use in order of effectiveness is local professional, self-taught, Bronet, and finally, Wing It! Ultimately, chose the method that best fits your goals and desires. I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!