Is it easy to improve? What a great question right? I think to answer this question accurately we need to understand what it takes to improve.
First of all i’d like to confirm that improvement is easy and it is! But if it is so easy why are so many golfers not really making huge improvements in their games? Well there are several reasons for this, here is a list of some of the factors to why golfers aren’t improving that i witness on a daily basis that you should avoid.
1. Having a learning mindset
-When you tell yourself you can’t do something it usually means your right! When you book a lesson it is because you are unsatisfied with your current game and you want to improve, right? Well you’d be surprised at how many golfers tell me they can’t change to do a new thing because it feels less correct to them. At this moment i usually tell them about a certain person they may have heard of called Einstein. Einstein said you can’t do the same thing twice and expect a better result! At this time they usually smile. The swing you do now creates the results you are not satisfied with ergo you need to change it if you want better result! However because change is different, you may not do the new movement consistently because it needs to be taught to your body(central nervous system, brain), so there will most likely be failure involved. Don’t be afraid of failure, be excited because it is part of learning.
If you look forward to change and are not afraid of failure then you are in the correct mindset to learn FAST! This is without a doubt the easiest way to fast improvement, because if you think you can change and improve, you can!
2. Incorrect training methods(random vs blocked practice)
- If you want fast improvement then you need to diversify your training. There are two types of training: Random and Blocked
Blocked training is more or less where golfers miss the boat to improvement. Blocked training is when you take several buckets of balls and make several shots trying to mimic the same movement. This is a necessary part of development when you are working on a swing change, but try not to get stuck in this phase of learning. To accelerate your progress try quickly to gain a feeling and not search for a position in this phase, then once there’s a feeling move on to random training.
Random training is where you will get the fastest results. Random training is when you constantly change your goal with each shot. e.g. hit a high 7 iron, then a low 9 iron. Or hit it down the left side of the driving range then down the right side. With every shot in random training integrate a pre-shot routine similar to the one you use on the course. Divide your area on the range into 2 boxes, the shot box(where the ball is located) and the thinking box(a couple club lengths behind the ball). The shot box is where you pull the trigger and make your shot. The thinking box is evaluation of the previous shot, visually seeing the next shot, club choice, aim, practice swing etc…
3. Are you physically ready to improve?
- Your body needs to earn the right to improve, which means your joints and muscles need to be able to move correctly without any limitations before you can expect it to learn an improved movement. How can you expect your body’s motor to move efficiently if you have spark plugs that don’t fire in the correct sequence, or your motor needs an oil change, or you’ve got no break fluid, or your are tanking up with petrol when your motor is a diesel?
If you are serious about improvement go to a TPI expert to help assess you or buy a copy of the Golfers Handbook and get your motor tuned to perform!
4. Stick to the program!
- A lot of golfers that come to the lesson tee can feel instant improvement when working with a good instructor. But it never ceases to amaze me when I see my client a week later doing something else and when I ask them why, they’ll usually say something like oh I tried your changes in a round the other day and I played the worst I’ve played in years, but when I got home i read an article that said I should try doing what I’m doing now. So I ask them of course is it helping, usually their response is not yet, but I think I’ll give this a chance because it feels easier. Then the week after their trying another new tip they heard somewhere. I call these people searchers, because their searching for the quick-fix, usually they’ll be searching for the rest of their lives. Golfers please realize there is a learning curve with everything in life, don’t be afraid of failure, you need to regress to progress. It is a part of improvement, so stick with the program!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these free tips to easy improvement and be sure to check out the Golfers Handbook on iTunes to assist you in your fast improvement.
Once again thank you for reading this.
Author of the Golfers Handbook
Coach Adam Stevenson
PGA Professional & TPI certified golf fitness instructor