Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – Albert Einstein
A quick look in a dictionary will tell you that the meaning of the word “habit” is a settled or regular tendency or practice
Most of us form habits unconsciously by doing something the same way for a few weeks or years (some experts will say 21 days) however the length of time they take to form is not important, what is important is that your current golf game (and your life for that matter) is effectively made up of a large collection of habits that you will be unaware of, some will be useful, some may be destructive, some you may question, others will seem like they are set in stone but all can be changed.
So when it came time to think of a name for a blog that questions what we think we know about golf in order to look for simple improvement, it seemed logical to call it golf habits as whether you know it or not your current performance is governed by your habits on the golf course.
But hang on you say, what about skill or physical ability – doesn’t that govern my performance?
Think about it this way – if you have been able to hit a certain shot well before, then you have the physical ability and skill. If you aren’t able to currently the habits you have formed or use currently are probably masking or overriding your physical ability for that shot to be played – this is what creates frustrated golfers.
Every golfer I have ever met has hit what they consider to be good shots or played one or more holes well at some point – it’s your habits (formed by past experience and the information you have) that dictates where you are at right now.
For example, a lot of the players I play with will have a certain hole or tee shot that they (usually for a limited period of time) are supremely confident to be able to hit, it doesn’t worry them and they hit it well. For no apparent reason, say 2 holes later could be a tee shot or hole that grips them with fear, they play it badly, hit it out of bounds or whatever – is there any physical reason for this – no, there cant’ be. Ultimately it can be traced back to the collection of habits used to play the shot.
When you look at consistently good players you can be safe to assume that they are running a whole bunch of good habits that all combine to perform at a good level consistently – isn’t that what you are looking for?
Let’s get on with changing your golf habits.