Methodically Building A Golf Game

Can you remember back to when you first started golfing. I wonder if you just picked up a club and started whacking away. When I first started, that is exactly what I did. I actually never practiced for the first 15 years after I swung my first club. I play a great deal and I guess that was considered my practice. Until 30 years ago, when I started practicing, I would suggest I bounce around at whatever part of my game that needed fixing that day.

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Opening the Door to Poor Swing Habits

Golfers in northern climes generally feel pressed for time with respect to improving their golf game. In my location, we will have a max of seven months to play golf in any given year. Generally, this is six due to weather and life, but seven months is what is available. This means that the time we have to work on our golf swing is compressed and as such many amateurs try to fix golf swing challenges quickly and that just opens the door to poor swing habits!

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If You Don’t Make Mistakes, You Are Not Trying

Over my 40+ years of playing golf, I have made a ton of mistakes. I have tried so many swing fixes that I have forgotten most of them. Interestingly, some of my efforts have paid off because my handicap and gross scores continue to improve. The last five years has been tough because cause of life events and my journey to be a scratch golfer has slowed. Regardless of the roller coaster I sometimes ride, I keep making mistakes that help guide me to eventual success. Making mistakes is all part of the learning process!

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The Grateful Golfer’s Secret to Success

I wonder how many times over the years I have started something only to lose focus on my end goal; this is true on and off the golf course. Setting goals, however, seems to be the only way I find success on the golf course. I have discussed this many times over the past 7 years (wow 7 years of writing about golf), yet I have to remind myself that this process works for me. So, I thought I would revisit it as I enter the latter half of my 2019 golf season.

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