firmly believe improvement starts with acquiring a better
understand of the game. Here are a few of the simple ideas
about golf that I commonly pass along to my students and clients:
clubs are not getting better.
To produce a legal golf club,
manufacturers have to stay within the design guidelines
set forth by the United States Golf Association. As a result,
everything that can be legally done to significantly improve
the performance of a golf club has already been done. The
newest golf club designs look great, but they’re not
going to lower your handicap.
with a set of golf clubs that are easy for you to use.
want to play with golf clubs that make the game easier.
So forget about brand names and marketing hype. Instead,
focus on head design, club specifications, and set composition.
should play with the head designs and club specifications
that HELP YOU make square and centered contact and launch
the ball on a playable trajectory. And you should play with
the set composition (the combination of wedges, irons, hybrids,
and fairway woods) that provides maximum distance control.
Trying to swing like someone else is pointless.
The fact that the top 100
players in the world all swing differently should tell you
something. It should tell you that how you swing is not
nearly as important as you’ve been led to believe.
Instead of trying to swing like someone else, just learn
to better understand and manage the swing you already have.
The value of hitting the ball farther is over-rated.
While most golfers remain
fixated on trying to hit the ball farther, the essence of
good golf is not raw distance, its distance control - the
ability to hit the ball specific distances. Without improved
distance control, hitting every club in your bag 10 or 20
yards farther provides no meaningful advantage.
The path to lower scores is the same as it was 100 years
The easiest way to significantly
lower your average score is to become more accurate off
the tee and improve your short game distance control. Golfers
fail to improve because they continuously look elsewhere.
playing golf, over 60% of your shots will be either on or
around the green.
While most golfers are aware of the
importance of developing their short game, very few take
the time to do it. If golfers
practiced only their short game and nothing else, their
average score would drop - probably significantly.
Understanding and becoming better at what you can effectively
control is easy… . . . and it'll make you a much better
When playing golf, there are five
aspects of every shot that are within your complete conscious
control. I refer to them as the five playing skills,
and as you develop them you become a better golfer. They
you can learn to identify and choose to always play the
highest percentage shot.
you can learn how to determine and choose to always select
the club that provides the greatest margin of error.
you can choose a single positive intention and allow that
single intention alone to guide you through the process
of shot creation.
you can setup to the ball in the way that allows you to
most easily create the desired impact conditions.
you can choose to stay in the moment, trust yourself, and
swing freely – without
You don't need to hit more good golf shots to significantly
lower your average score.
In truth, you
can score the lowest round in your life through hitting
nothing more than average golf shots. Its poor shot selection
and severe miss-hits, that ruin your scores.
start replacing below-average golf shots with average
golf shots, all you have to do is better manage your game
and learn to play every shot with a higher degree of purpose.
You can start doing that immediately just become
better at the Five Essential Playing Skills I listed above.
golf swing is not golf
When playing golf, you cannot effectively create shots
through focusing on your golf swing. You create shots
through intention, imagination, and setup position. These
talents are developed through purposeful practice - through
practicing golf shots, not golf swings.
100% focused on the shot they're playing.
When playing golf, most golfers allow their thoughts
to drift into areas that are both beyond their control and
irrelevant to the shot at hand. While trying to create a
golf shot, they might also be thinking about:
How other golfers are playing.
other golfers might be thinking.
various places the ball might go after it leaves the clubface.
their swing is going to look like.
their score on the hole might be if they hit a good or poor
results of the last time they attempted a similar shot.
they did right or wrong on their last shot.
those are only thoughts related to golf!
If you want to improve your ball-striking, you’ll
have to stop thinking when you’re swinging.
Your swing moves too fast
to be consciously controlled. When you try to manipulate
your swing motion, you'll only succeed in throwing yourself
When it comes to hitting
a golf club, your body is far smarter than you are. You
need to accept that. So relax, create a single positive
intention, and get properly setup to the ball; then just
trust yourself and swing with confidence - not thought.
Continually taking golf lessons is like continually buying
new golf clubs, it's expensive and there is no reason for
Once you acquire a better
understanding of the game and learn how to manage your golf
swing, you'll gain the ability to self-coach and never need
another lesson. Once you acquire a set of golf clubs
that are easy for you to use, it'll become the only set
of golf clubs that you'll ever need.
Learning to better understand the
game can save you a lot of money!