The hindrances most common to golfers can also relate to the reason we celebrate the 4th of July, or Independence Day. Golf is a game of independence and freedom—to be free from outside control, self-governing; capable of acting for oneself.
A golfer’s goal is to play by trusting the person they are and the skills they have, which results in achieving their personal definition of success. Golfers often carry baggage that may increase their scores, but also elevates their frustration. A coach’s role is to unpack the baggage and re-pack it effectively—and simply—thus allowing a golfer’s game to be effortless, both mentally and physically.
Eight Limitations to Light, Effortless Golf
1. Overthinking Mechanics:
Learning golf and improving quickly happens with the proper movement. Much like the TV Show “Dancing with the Stars,” the professional dancer teaches steps and rhythms leading the beginner to feel the appropriate movement of the routine. The beginner becomes a dancer that can dance with anyone, anywhere and freedom.
2. Bad Mechanics:
Even a positive mental attitude cannot overcome bad mechanics. Avoid trying to fix your golf game by yourself. Get professional help.
Thinking negatively can ruin perfect mechanics and excellent athleticism.
4. Lack of Pre-Shot Discipline:
The 30 seconds before the shot are as important as the quarter-second of the swing.
Learn a pre-shot routine.
5. Not Knowing How to Practice:
Golf requires fundamentals that lead to the art of golf. Learn to be an artist by mastering the fundamentals, and then applying your preferences.
6. Not Understanding Golf is a Game of Opposites:
The harder your try the worse you do; and when you swing slow the ball goes fast.
7. The Most Important Distance in Golf is Between Your Ears:
Most people think the perfect driver is the most important thing, but mental preparedness is invaluable. Remember this: “Build your game from the hole to the tee and find freedom and victory.”
8. Unmet Expectations Resulting in Frustration:
Have realistic goals. Seek the freedom that is found in golf through excellent fundamentals. An instructor who uses fewer words and more illustrations, feel, rhythm and hands-on experience will develop your game quickly.
Article by Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Ranked the #2 Instructor in South Carolina by Golf Digest and a former PGA Touring Pro, Doug Weaver is the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy and leads “Where Does the Power Come From?” a complimentary golf clinic and exhibition on Mondays at 4 p.m. For details and reservations for golf clinics, classes, lessons and on-course instruction, call 843-785-1138, 800-827-3006 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.