In this day and age of 24/7 news, Facebook, Twitter, email, texting and alike we are bombarded with constant news updates. The world of golf is no stranger to technology, offering a massive amount of golf information: tips and instruction, equipment, courses, fitness, psychology and anything else you can imagine related to golf. Honestly, it is mind boggling. You could literally spend all day on the internet taking in information, not to mention watching TV programs or reading magazines and books. The golf club you bought last year that claimed to improve your game is now yesterday’s news; one golf tip says to do this, the other says to do that! WHEW! What is a golfer to do?
Get off the grid when it comes to your golf game and focus on you. Turn off the TV commentary running in the back of your mind that you heard while watching the latest professional tournament, forget the article you read in the latest golf magazine and pay attention to your golf game. During your next round observe your tendencies and work on an improvement plan for you. What does your golf game need to get to the next level? If we first identify what we need to improve, a plan of action can follow.
Imagine the consequences if you were not feeling well and took a random medication. The medicine might be perfectly fine for one person, but not for everyone or every ailment. In fact chances are your condition will worsen if you experiment and do not take the exact medication and dosage for your specific needs. Just as a treatment plan needs to be specific for each patient based upon many unique factors they posses and the symptoms they are experiencing, so should your golf improvement plan be tailored to your specific needs.
2012 should be all about you. If we want to improve our golf game we need to recognize that not everyone learns the same way, at the same rate or has the same needs. What we all do share in common is once we acquire the correct knowledge for our needs, practice it and put it into play, the benefits will occur. Sometimes a skill is acquired quickly, and other skills may take longer than we may like. The key is that we acquire the skills we need for our best performance and stick to it.
You might be able to figure out on your own what to do to improve your game. Ben Hogan was famous for spending hours on the practice range working on the slightest changes in his grip, set-up or swing to determine what would serve his game the best. For those of you who do not have hours to determine the cause and effect of your golf swing you can seek the expertise of your local LPGA or PGA Golf Professional to assist you.
During the 2012 Golf Season I would like to encourage you to put the focus on YOU! What works for one golfer may not work for another. What you may need to improve your game this season may be entirely different from next season. As you improve your needs will change. Don’t try working on too many things at one time. Be patient with yourself. Take one step at a time in the wonderful journey of playing the great game of golf. You will get plenty of enjoyment out of playing golf over the years when you make an effort to improve. Find some key skills you want to improve and stick to it until it becomes second nature to you and when it is you know you are ready to take the next step on the path of improvement.