It’s said that golf is not a sport you master but rather a sport you adventure through. In other words, the game will bring you endless ups and endless downs. Your best day on the course could be tomorrow, or it may turn into your worst – you just never know. So for any new players feeling frustration it is easy to wonder when your swing will turn around, or when your game will improve. Some of you have yet to hit the ball in a straight line, never mind trying to keep par.
So what is the secret to winning golf?
Key #1 Short Game Practice & Consistency
Forget about reading the latest trick or technique in a magazine, and then making it happen on the course — because nine times out to ten your best lessons will be learned the hard way -– through practice, practice and more practice.
There is an old saying in business … repetition breeds success. Players who want to improve are really just seeking some consistency in their golf game. There is nothing worse than swinging a club and not having the foggiest idea of where it will end up.
The short game can be a complex world. Precision is everything and technique is what will get you there. Lucky for you, however, the short game can see improvements almost immediately -– significant improvements at that. This is a key to lower scores.
Key #2 -The Steps Needed To Best Approach the Short Game
Fortunately, there is an endless array of golf instruction, lessons, and tips to get anyone who is interested in golf, or is having trouble, to making quick improvements on the course. Like most things in life … it’s a learning process.
Essentially it boils down to this…
#1. Study the various short game shots. Approaching the short game from an athletic standpoint means practicing your pitch shots, chip shots, bunker shots, flop shots, and of course, putting. My practice charts in “38 Tips for Breaking 80” are perfect for this.
#2. Make practice a priority. New players should be spending more time on the practice greens than on the actual golf course. Let’s also not forget to put down the driver. Hitting balls as hard and as fast as you can, will not help increase your score in the long run.
#3. Develop the proper mindset; golf is a journey, not a destination. This means keeping a positive attitude throughout your experiences, even when things are not going your way.
Finally, in golf there is one guarantee you can count on: things will most certainly NOT go your way, which is what makes this sport so much fun!