In the last few posts we've opened up the discussion about the pre-shot routine/mental game and making sure you are balancing your practice time equally between your technical training and your routine training. This week we will take a look at how to accurately assess the state of your game and how to get on the road to better golf. If you are tired of trying the latest swing fad or quick fix and are ready to see sustained improvement, then you must adopt a mindset that will allow you to see your game from a new perspective.
Lasting improvement will only be achieved if you take an inventory of your golf game as a whole and determine where you are deﬁcient. Find out what is causing you trouble, i.e. the source of your double and triple bogeys. For example, if you are often driving the ball out of play which adds penalty shots to your score, you might assume your golf swing is completely broken. Certainly your driver swing needs to be adjusted to get the ball back in play, but your golf swing may work fine for the rest of your clubs. In this case making a huge change in your swing would be a mistake. Or perhaps you are 3-putting several times per round, due to poor alignment on short putts. In this case you might just be a good putter with bad aim, and so making a change in your putting stroke would also be a mistake.
To be successful in understanding your areas of deficiency, set aside any and all negative emotions and carefully study your score card from a recent round. Reflect on your round and determine your weakest area. If you do this exercise a few times, you will see the current trend in your game and which area needs the most attention. Chances are, whatever you like to practice the least will be the part of your game that needs the most attention.
Once you have determined which area of your game is the weakest link, it's time to put a plan together that will lead to success. Constructing a plan is not always an easy task, so later this week I will teach you which ideas and strategies to use and which ones to avoid. A well designed and implemented plan will ensure your improvement in the weak area leading to lower scores and greater enjoyment of the game.
Thank you and have a great week,
P.S. Upcoming posts will include integrating your routine into your training plan...stay tuned!