“You can win tournaments when you’re mechanical but golf is a game of emotion and adjustment. If you’re not aware of what’s happening to your mind and your body when you’re playing, you’ll never be able to be the very best you can be.” – Jack Nicklaus
By Ian Hardie
In the articles Are you sick of playing bad golf? and Are you sick of playing bad golf – part two? I talked about giving a series of golf lessons to a golfer who many years before would have been considered to be pretty good at the game in most people’s opinion.
However, as there had been a full 25 years between their former prowess and their ‘current struggle’ with the game (bearing in mind that their ‘current struggle’ with the game was still producing scores well below that of the average golfer around the world but much higher than the golfer having the lessons was expecting to have based on the image they held of themselves as a good golfer from the past).
They weren’t in the slightest bit convinced that they were still any good at the game.
Which is why they were there having golf lessons to attempt to regain their past skill – fully believing, like most golfers are – that the problems within their golf game were caused by their current, self-proclaimed exhibition of ‘poor technique’.
You may remember that in my opinion the problems the golfer was having weren’t actually driven by poor technique – that was just the physical manifestation of the actual problem the golfer had – which was something that became abundantly clear when we headed onto the golf course for an on-course playing lesson.
Once there, it didn’t take long for the golfers ‘extra voice’ that was clearly residing deep in their head – to make itself known – as it was just waiting for an opportunity to come out and criticise the golfers current performance by comparing it with their ‘memory of just how good they used to be’.
At the first sign of any golf shot that wasn’t hit perfectly. Continue reading Are you sick of playing bad golf – part three?