There are so many resources you can access that are full of tips to improve your golf game – golf commentators, golf magazines, YouTube, golf pros, blogs, and more! And how about your golf buddies who love to offer you their two cents on the course. It would not surprise me if you get overwhelmed at times trying to process all the bits of information you hear, watch, or read about. Fortunately, there is a way to discover the best tips to improve your game.
Having massive amounts of information at your disposal is not the problem. Constantly changing things up with your game by applying the latest bright shiny tip is.
It’s important to recognize when you’re following advice that shifts your game off it’s natural and best path. Just because it works for a professional golfer, your playing partner, or spouse doesn’t mean it’s the best course of action for you to take.
It Takes a Team to Develop a Great Game
Accept the fact that your game is unique and will never be played exactly like someone else’s. Your goal should be to identify the greatest assets you naturally bring to the game. From there, I recommend that you partner with a small group of trusted professionals to help you further refine your assets and develop your weaker areas. You don’t have to be a professional golfer to have a team that can help you get the most our of your game.
My smartest clients make a point to regularly work with a swing coach, a mental game coach, and a trainer to help them maximize their game. And a team approach can be done on any size budget. The key is to take a well-rounded approach to your game so that you can reach your goals quickly and efficiently.
When you have “go-to” resources around you you’re less likely to get lost down rabbits holes to trying this and that to see what works. You save time, energy, money, and avoid a lot of frustration.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Golf is not a one-size-fits-all game. Bubba Watson is a great example of that. It amazes me that he’s never taken a lesson and is able to put together a game that is all his own. Like Bubba, you need to find the right fit in your game and settle into it with the help of specific experts who are committed to your success. If you are looking for consistency and improved performance on the course, endless tweaking without specific direction is not the answer.
Whether a team sounds great or you are more of the “I can do it myself” type let me give you some suggestions to find the gold for your game amidst the endless noise ~
Step 1 – Start sifting through all the swing tips, examples, and advice you’ve be considering to extract the gold nuggets that make the most sense for your game. You can do this by making a list of the available options, narrowing the list, prioritizing the list, and then tackling things ONE at a time.
Step 2 – Make a list of the areas that you think could pay big dividends with some concentrated work. This could include learning a new way to get out of deep bunkers, or improving your core strength, or tapping into the power of visualization to enhance your pre-shot routine. Then reach out to an expert to help you create an improvement plan to turn that weaker area into a new strength.
Step 3 – Embrace the uniqueness of your game by making a list of all your current strengths. During your rounds focus on adjusting your strategy to make the most of those strengths. This might require a bit more creativity and willingness on your part to play differently than you may normally play.
Warning – Once you’ve got a plan, stick to it! Avoid the urge to revert back to old habits just because things don’t change overnight. And don’t add something new to the mix that wasn’t recommended by your team just because a commentator on the golf channel said “more players should be doing this.” I know first hand how “shiny object syndrome” can be distracting.
Golf is a complex game, but it is the golfer who makes the game complicated. Keep your approach simple. Find the natural groove in your game and stick with it. No matter your age or handicap, you can steadily improve your performance with a good team and a good plan. Just make sure you invest in the things that make the most sense for YOU.
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