Why is Golf so Hard - Learning the Psychology and Mental Golf Game
video analysis. Golf-Tek. Golf swing
training aids. Enough instructional videos to
wear out your VCR. You've read every book on swing
theory. You've paid for the "best" swing
instructor around. Is this you? Honestly, are
you any better? Or are you worse? For the amount
of time, effort and money put into your game,
you should feel cheated. Golf instructors have
gotten richer because once they touch your swing
you'll HAVE to come back for more lessons because
you'll be worse off than before. Instructors get
richer and your game gets poorer - and so does
your wallet. They tell you it will take a lot
of time and a lot of practice because the golf
swing is so complex and there is so much to learn.
They tell you you will need frequent lessons for
the next year. From a business stand point, it's
a brilliant ploy and golf is so addicting that
people will buy in to this idea. It does not have
to be this way - it shouldn't be this way. My
goal in giving a golf lesson is to never see you
again. To teach you how little you really need to know, to help you unlearn what you already know, and to send you on your
way. Not much of a business plan, I'll admit.
But then again, my opionion might be considered
with a little more regard because I'm less subjective.
I don't make my living selling swing theories
or golf lessons. I don't need to see you every
week for hours at a time to pay my mortgage. I
want to help you get better so you can have fun
again and play the game as it was meant to be
How many people do you play with that say, "Oh,
I'm working on a swing change." When are
they ever NOT working on a swing change. Almost
everyone is always "working" on their
swing. When does it ever stop? Working on your
golf swing is a phsychosis. It's a neurotic episode
that makes you stand in front of a mirror for
hours, working on your swing. It makes you go
to bed at night thinking about what you "worked"
on today at the range. You wake up thinking about
what you are going to work on today. You go to
the range and you work and work on "changing"
your swing. Everyday, it's the same story. Maybe
something you "worked" on will click
for a day, maybe even a week. But it won't be
long before you are looking for something to work
on again. A new book will come out. A new training
aid. An ad on The Golf Channel or Golf Digest
for the latest and greatest tip from some "instructor"
who has spent their life doing the exact same
thing you have - working on their swings. They've worked on their swings so much
that they can't swing anymore. They've got themselves
in a mental pretzel, just like you. They've worked
on their swings until they reach what I call the
"crossover point". The crossover point
is where a good golfer knows so much about the
golf swing that he can swing anymore to save his
life. He gives up his resolve to play for a living
and decides to teach - he has no choice. It's
a sad day really. It's a day when life long dreams
are crushed and it doesn't have to be this way.
We've all dreamed of playing golf for a living.
Sadly, many great golfers give up that dream because
of golf instruction - over instruction, over analysis,
bad instruction. They are victims of golf instruction,
not benefactors. We all are.
When you first started playing golf, you got hooked
on it almost immediately. You had fun, you played
with your buddies, you drank a couple beers (or
cases of beer) and had a good time. Is it the
same today? How many of you find yourselves going
to the golf course to work on
our swings? We go to the golf course just to work on our swings. I don't know about
you, but the whole word "work" doesn't
connotate "fun" for me. Golf is a game
and a game is supposed to be fun - not work. Do
you "work" at having sex? If so, you're
probably doing it wrong :-) The same thing goes
for the golf swing. Yes, there is technique involved
that you must learn. But I can assure you this,
it is FAR easier to learn than what you have been
taught in the past about the golf swing. The one
plane swing makes sense, it's far simpler than
a two plane swing and it works. The people I have
taught the one plane swing to get it almost immediately.
It's that simple, it's natural and it doesn't
require you to go to the range and "work"
all the time on your timing and technique. Golf
can be fun again. Learn the technique, and then
move on to the "good stuff." Staying
in the moment, making the tough 4 footers - playing
the game, having fun and enjoying the challenge.
That's what I'm interested in most - the "good
stuff." In the coming weeks I will share
with you my thoughts and ideas, my trials and
tribulations on the good stuff. My stories of
tournament rounds gone good and bad. I will share
with you the life lessons I have taken with me
from the game of golf that have made me a better
golfer and a better person.