“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.” – Hank Aaron
By Ian Hardie
Today’s post is the 300th that I have published on Golf Habits
Now while I’m not someone who pays a lot of attention to that sort of thing
When I realised that was the case, it did give me cause to reflect for a few minutes
As even though Golf Habits is still less than 2 years old
I have been writing my thoughts about the game of golf for a lot longer
My earliest effort produced a small hand finished booklet packed full of information
In its mammoth – 9 folded pages of photocopied paper!
Called ‘Starting or Improving your Golf’ it was aimed at providing
A resource for golfers after they had finished a golf lesson with me
I had decided to produce that information in the form of a booklet
As I had realised over some time that the majority of players that came for golf lessons
Had very similar questions and problems or to put it another way
They were all experiencing the same things when they went to the golf course
Here’s a piece from the first page of the booklet;
‘Most players that I meet point out (very quickly) that they do not wish to be “professionals”
Their goal is probably the same as yours – to play golf to a reasonable standard and enjoy the experience and the fresh air
Over the years, I have become aware that most people have gained their golf knowledge from other players, reading books, watching videos, listening to whoever they are playing with and because of this most people assume that all things in golf can be simply judged as right or wrong
This is the way you would expect to learn a game such as golf but it produces a lot of confusion and poor results
Most of the information that is available about golf is not only contradictory, but it assumes that to play golf at all, you need to be an exact carbon copy of Jack Nicklaus or Greg Norman
The more I have talked to people about the way they started golf the more I started to notice that most of the information that they were getting was so totally misleading that it was holding them back
A lot of what they needed to know – they were never told!
I realised that if most of the people that I dealt with have had the same experiences in learning golf, there must be other people going through the same thing right now!!
In your first 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days or 2 years of playing golf you probably heard something like this;
“this is the grip, stand like this, don’t lift your head, just relax, keep your arm straight, you’re swinging too fast, hit 6 iron not the 8 iron, don’t slice it” (as if you are trying to)
The key to people finding enjoyment in golf is not following a lot of theoretically correct positions and actions, it is about finding ways for them to use whatever their physical abilities are, to play consistent shots that lead to consistent rounds of golf at whatever level they strive for………………..’
Now before I go any further I will point out that if you have no idea who Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman are – you can substitute those names above for whoever you think the dominant golfers are right now
However, having been back in the golf industry for the past couple of years now
I can guarantee you that unfortunately………………
Nothing else has changed in regards to the words written above
There are now considerably more sources of information that people can access to gain knowledge about the game of golf
Yet most people who start the game of golf – still give up within their first couple of years
That shouldn’t be still happening – should it?
The technology that is being used to deliver the mountain of information that has been generated and is available about the game of golf is so easy to use and access
Yet most people who start the game of golf – still don’t get to learn a lot of the things that they need to know
That shouldn’t be still happening either – should it?
How about the technology that has been developed to enable golf teachers to see just exactly what’s going on in a golfers action, combined with the proliferation of fitness and mental experts that have attached themselves to the game of golf
Which have resulted in theories and descriptions of the golf action
That while no doubt being accurate – are so complicated
That the average golfer seems more confused about how to play the game than ever!
For real proof of that just consider that despite all the advancement in ‘teaching theories’
Growth in the number of golf teachers, fitness and mental experts being trained
The average handicap of golfers worldwide is now higher than it was 20 years ago
This is crazy when you consider that there is so much technology
In the golf clubs that we all use now – making it easier for us to hit good shots
Think back to the first set of golf clubs you used
How much different are the clubs in your golf bag are now?
So why is it that when the golfers of today have access to all this information
An abundance of technology and assistance – which should in theory
Enable them to learn or play the game of golf easier or better
They are shooting higher scores and being more confused than ever
With a large amount of them still giving up the game within two years of taking it up?
I’m going to discuss why I think that is in
‘Why a lot of new players give up the game of golf within their first two years – part two’