If you are the type of person who jumps from swing tip to swing tip this may be the year to learn to stick with it. Before you toss away a tried and true practice habit for the latest fad or gimmick, ask yourself if you are making progress from where you were a year ago. Some skills you will learn quickly and others will take time to own. Avoid the trap of comparing yourself to others. What one golfer struggles with another may learn easily and vice-versa. If you are making progress you are on the right track! If not, it may be time for a change.
Yes, there will be times to abandon the path you are on. If you honestly have made an effort to work with a game improvement plan and it truly is not working for you then by all means, move on. The question you need to ask is, “did I make the proper commitment to improvement, or am I just expecting a miracle?” So many golfers believe that if they can understand what to do they should automatically improve. Improvement takes more than understanding the swing mechanic. There is a process to making the change a habit.
Many of you can find help from your local PGA/LPGA golf professional to assist you in this process. In the long run it can save you a lot of time and energy to work with someone who can determine your specific needs. This is a simpler route than sorting through the hundreds of swing corrections on TV, DVD, magazines, etc. Keep in mind what works for one golfer may not work for another. One of my favorite quotes on success comes from the late Coach John Wooden who said “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” Wooden did not compare one person to another but rather emphasized the importance of the individual. Golfers are very unique and so should your game improvement plan be.
This year, why not make a pledge to enjoy the process of improving your golf game? Give yourself permission not to expect perfection. In the words of famed golf performance consultant, Dr. Bob Rotella, “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect.” Seeking the holy-grail or the quick fix will keep you spinning in the circle of frustration. Small steps in the right direction will keep you on the path of enjoying the great game of golf for years to come.