How to know when to change something in your golf game – part two


“We must take change by the hand or rest assuredly, change will take us by the throat.”Winston Churchill

By Ian Hardie

In the post How to know when to change something in your golf game

I wrote about the fact that most golfers around the world

React to a game where they played worse than they expected to

Or had a score that was much higher than usual

By trying to work out what they ‘did wrong’

Which generally means they think about the mechanics of their action

Resulting in them trying to then change something in their action

To make sure they don’t play like that again

By the way if you are new to Golf Habits and wonder why I call it an ‘action’

Take a look at this post before you go any further

Why I don’t like using the term ‘golf swing’

So even though messing around with your action in response to a poor round

Seems like the logical thing to do, it’s not always what’s needed

I went on to suggest that more often than not

The cause of a poor round is normally something that may have happened

Prior to you having the bad game or score that affected your performance

Which meant that the first thing that you should do

When you have a round of golf in which you score poorly

Is to take some time to sit for a few minutes and consider everything

That would have contributed to that performance in the 2 weeks leading up to your game

Did all the other things you have to do in everyday life contribute to your score?

Like helping someone move house, chopping and stacking firewood

Neither of which are going to help your golf action

Did you have great preparation?

Or were you out on the town the night before

Was the weather poor – cold, raining or windy?

Which affects almost every golfer

Did you play at a different time than normal?

Which I wrote about in the post

Does the time of day that you play golf make a difference?

Were you in top physical state?

Or have you been carrying a niggling injury

How about your mental state – were you ‘ready to play’?

Set up by leaving the rat race at the golf course gates

Or did you rush to the course and jump on the tee?

Without warming up sufficiently as I talked about here

Maybe you just hit a bunch of shots that day that were ok but not great?

Nine times out of ten

Your poor round will be a result of a combination of some or all of the above factors

Some of which you will be able to control

And some of which you probably won’t be able to

But most of them wouldn’t indicate a need to change anything in your action

As they are all either to do with either your preparation, your mental state

Or an outside factor like the weather affecting your performance

If however you find upon reflecting on your round that there

Were significant ball flight or consistency problems like

Shanking any shot that was played off a tee or a good lie

Why only in that situation I hear you ask?

A single shank can be caused by factors like a poor lie or a hidden tree root

Or even a reaction to something happening on the golf course around you as you hit

So if you have a random shank during the game and you can pinpoint a potential cause

Ignore it as it’s just a game of golf during which sometimes shanks happen

If however you realise that you had a good lie, that there were no other contributing factors

Or you had way more than one shank during the round

That is a signal that something needs to change in your game

And like it or not you need to seek professional help quickly

As the longer you play with shanks being a part of your game

The more the problem changes from being one with your golf action

To one that ends up being psychological

At which point you will probably give up the game!

Oddly enough, if you talk to a good golf teacher

Most agree that sorting out the mechanical cause of a shank

Is a relatively simple thing for them to do

As long as the golfer seeks help early enough

If left too long though it is more likely that not only will you require

Quite a few golf lessons to get rid of your shanks

But the services of an exorcist will probably be required as well

Look out for ‘How to know when to change something in your golf game – part three’

When I will discuss some more types of shot results that would indicate a need

To change something in your golf game

Until then

Play well


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