Fixing Your Golf Swing Is All About Filling In The Gaps

Every golfer has something that they want to improve. It does not matter if the player is a professional or a beginner; something needs improving. In my case it is my entire game….well okay, things are not that drastic. Personally, if could filling in a weakness in my game, it would be my approach shots from 160 to 140 yards. I think that if I could improve that distance, my game would improve the most. Lowering our golf scores is about filling in in the gaps!

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The Golf Swing Basics

The golf swing basics….the golf swing basics….hmmm…..  I was thinking and thinking about what this statement actually means. A quick search on the internet produced 7,340,000 hits!!! I could not believe it myself. Feeling like I was hit by a truck carrying a whole library of information, I decided to not look at any of the search results and to think about the answers myself.

The basic golf swing is the key to low scores in golf. If you really think about it, if you could repeat a basic golf swing again and again, your scores would drop dramatically. Through the years it has become very clear to me that as soon as I try to complicate my basic golf swing, my game gets worse! My experience tells me that keeping my approach to golf as basic as possible is when good things happen.

Recently, I read an article at The Goofy Game of Golf Searching for the Answer where the author, Vet, provided an answer to many difficult questions. It is very interesting and well worth further research. His answer definitely fits into my approach of trying to use a basic golf swing! This is what he has to say:

THE ANSWER TO PLAYING THE BEST GOLF THAT YOU CAN POSSIBLY PLAY, IS TO FIND YOUR “THAT DAY GOLF SWING, YOUR THAT DAY SHORT GAME METHOD, AND YOUR THAT DAY PUTTING STROKE” AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

What is a basic golf swing? I would define it as the natural motion of your body swinging a golf club. It is completely different for everyone. There are aspects of a good basic golf swing that players try to emulate, but they can only copy these movements within the confines of their physical limitations. However, these limitations can be adjusted, changed, and improved.

The most important point of my article, is that a basic golf swing is both innate and modifiable. There is always a natural aspect to everyone’s golf swing and this tenant never changes. However, with a slow determined approach of making improvements will improve any players basic golf swing.

Personally, I used a four pronged approach to improve my basic golf swing because it has proved to be 100% effective. It is pretty straight forward, I use my idea, planning,. execution, and maintenance. This process has never let me down! The one thing that has not really changed is my basic golf swing. Is this making sense?

The basic golf swing is ever-evolving. As I practice and make minor adjustments, a new basic golf swing emerges! The trick is to duplicate my new swing on the course. When I can, I score very low. I have confidence. I have focused course management! When my overall game is so in tune; my swing is simple, basic, and something I can easily repeat on the course.

Do you have a basic golf swing?

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

Breaking 100 Without Quick Fixes

Breaking 100 at anytime is generally the first milestone golfers try to achieve. There are many tips, drills and quick fix programs that guarantee to lower your score with little to no practice….or so they claim. Obviously, there are drills that work very quickly, but others are less effective in the short-haul because they are too advanced for the player.

In earlier articles, I have outlined different ways to break 100 and they are very valuable to any player who dedicates the time to improve. These articles are:

Each post deals with a specific area of the golf game that, if a player focuses their practice time, will gain the greatest results. I am sure you have figured it out by now…. your short game.

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Putting 10000 times!

All players, regardless of skill level, have the ability to play better. Even Rory McIlrory will say he “left a couple” on the course after playing a great round of golf. This is nothing new and only reinforces a player’s desire to play better.

On the flip side, when a player does not play well, they generally focus on the area of weakness from that round. Most of the time, I would suggest, it is their short game. Off to the practice range they go with focused intent to putt and or chip until they regain their smooth stroke.

Focused practice is the real key to breaking 100. The rule of thumb is to attempt something about 10,000 times in order to perfect any skill. Golf is no different. The professional golfer will have practiced all skills more than 10,000 times and as a result earn a living from playing golf. As amateurs, it makes sense that success can be drawn from watching the élite and aping their actions.

To break 100, it is important to engage in focused practice. The process is very straight forward: Perform the stroke; Make a small adjustment if required; Repeat the stroke. When making an adjustment, make sure it is not something that completely changes your original stroke. Repeat 10,000 times. This slow process is the key to successfully mastering your short game.

Breaking 100 without quick fixes is the only real method to lower your score. Time, patience, and the desire to improve are the real keys to good golf! This may not be the answer you are looking for, but experience tells us that in golf ‘practice makes permanent‘.

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

Learning to Play a Guitar

Guitar and GolfAbout a year ago, I decided I wanted to learn how to play a guitar.  I thought it would be fun and challenging at the same time.  As it turned out, I was correct.  However, the learning process is slow and I still only plunk a few cords, but I am enjoying learning anyway. While looking at my guitar, I realized that learning to play a guitar is much like learning to golf.

First is equipment.  Like any beginner starting something, I decided that I did not want to invest too much money because I was unsure if I would really like playing a guitar.  My first step was to research which guitar would be good for a beginner.  I found one and went ahead with the purchase.  The same logic applies to picking your first set of clubs.  I would recommend that hit a store like Golf Town where you can try various types and makes before making your selection.  Clubs range from a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars.  Only you can decide your price range – so choose wisely.

Next, practice!  Practice, practice, practice.  You can buy books/cds, search websites, and/or watch the Golf Channel.  While starting with the guitar, I downloaded a couple of simple lessons and started to plunk away.  When starting golf, I recommend starting with the basics.  Grips, stance, and general idea of how the swing works.  Additionally, how to chip and putt are must basics to learn.  It might be a good idea to get a lesson from your local pro, this will speed up the learning curve.

Last, I developed an enjoyment for playing the guitar.  I actually like learning new cords and songs.  I find it very rewarding when the music actually sounds like music!  Golf is the same way.  When first learning to play golf, it is very important to develop a love of the game.  The old saying that “a great shot makes you want to come back” is very true.  that one great shot among the plethora of not so great shots provides hope and kindles a desire to continue on playing.  It takes time to be a good golfer – by the way the term ‘good’ is relative.  Any player is good, it just depends on what they are comparing.

Learning any new skill, hobby, or sport is fun.  It takes time and effort to improve at anything.  It really depends on what your expectations and whether the time you devote is worth the getting better.

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