September 01st 2021

Why don't you improve?

Why don't you improve?

 If you’ve played golf longer than 10 years, chances are you are as good as you will ever be. Unless you have had an inspiring change in your approach to golf, you are not getting better. You can hit balls on the range till your hands bleed, perfecting a move that for the most part works but it is not a move that inspires a change in the direction of your golf. We have to figure out why, and ask some interesting questions about your approach to the game.

Is your swing good enough to repeatedly find the center of the clubface?

This will be a defining factor of your handicap and scoring talent. I don’t mean, does your swing have the aesthetics of a tour pro, there are tour players that swing it funky and have great success. Is your swing and mechanics good enough to return the club face to the ball consistently where you will find the middle of the face with a speed that helps propel the ball a decent distance. If your answer is no, then there is nothing else to do but to create a better swing or improve on what you already have. It's obvious, or is it.

Are you able to play to the handicap you say you are?

Swing faults aside, if you tell me that you’re a 15 handicap, can you honestly play to it at your home course? Can you repeat this 8 times in 10 rounds? If you answer no, then its time to take a look at your approach to the round. Breaking down each shot from the tee to the green. What is costing you from achieving your handicap with each round.

Do you have the correct equipment?

With the depth of equipment available to the masses, there is no excuse for having the incorrect equipment. What's clear using Trackman is that a good percentage of players have equipment that is borderline to stiff for the speed they create. This in turn, will affect the performance of the head and the contact. Which in turn will affect your ability to maximise the distance you are potentially missing out on.

Transferring the work to the course!

The hardest part of the journey to achieving your personal goals, although I am not a fan of creating goal orientated targets as there is no timescale for an amatuer to achieve these ‘goals’ say like a tournament player who is under pressure to retain his tour card to make a living. You, however, have less time than you think. Working a 5 day week and escaping the family for a round of golf is not conducive to achieving lower scores, it's also not conducive to changing the swing. So how do we transfer a new skill to the course? To be honest it’s not easy. Practicing is about reps, reps increases the ability to reproduce a swing that is desired for better contact and a desired ball flight. However the reps are somewhat the problem. As you slowly grow confident with your changes you’re going to attempt taking it to the course, this is the frustrating part of the transfer period. One day it's good for two holes, other days it's good for six, but it will never be perfect for eighteen. This is similar for PGA Tour players, you might not see it that way but there are plenty of the worlds best struggling to transfer the reps from the range to the course. The difference? The tour player knows how to ‘golf’ the ball and create a score, even if you gave him a spade. Contact Chris Guy for more information @ The Pro Shot Golf Club