…they are stupid… 😀
Just kidding, but it seems that way sometimes.
I posted this on Golfwrx, looking for some opinions and I thought I would share it with you. It happens all the time and it dumbfounds me every time.
…and I just can’t comprehend why it’s so hard.
Basically I am looking for some insight so I can make myself a better teacher. I see this one thing over and over again and it has nothing to do with intelligence.
I understand that given the choice between being comfortable and playing bad and being uncomfortable and playing bad…comfort wins every time.
I also understand the fear of change.
What I don’t understand is the complete lack of common sense from smart people when they get a golf club in their hand.
Here is an example of what I am talking about.
I am playing with my father in law and his friend. The friend knows I can play and knows I teach, so a few holes into the round he isn’t getting it airborne and asks for my help.
He is aiming a good 60-100 yards right on every shot. Standing right on top of if so his hands are 3-6″ inside his shoulders. He doesn’t come over the top, because he knew that was bad.
He massively rotates the club shut with no turn of the body to get it 45* closed at impact and nearly hits his front leg with the ball.
As you can imagine, he can only get high lofted clubs to do anything but rape worms.
He is in his 60’s and a little tiny guy, but he is athletic.
So I lay a shaft down in front of his feet to show him where he is aiming. He is astonished.
I then have him setup, I hold the club in place and have him let go of the club and let his hands hang down and he watches as his hands hang down 6″ outside the grip.
He hasn’t been able to break 100 even cheating in over a year.
I tell him to setup to his driver and I will tell him to get farther away and aim more left till I say good.
I get him lined up and he says, “No f-ing way this is right!”
My father in law backs me up and he reluctantly takes a swing. He pipes it 220 right down the middle with a slight draw.
After the flabbergast wears off, I explain to him there is an adjustment period. If he makes the same nasty compensation he has been making to attempt a good shot with the old setup…while using the new setup, the ball is going left…and he should expect some of that.
A guy who has not sniffed double digits in over a year plays the next 3 holes 2 over par with a par and two bogeys.
On the next tee he pulls one way left and then does it again. He says this new setup can’t be right, goes back to his old setup and resumes hitting shots more common at a bowling alley than a golf course.
After the round I said, “No judgments, but why were you so quick to abandon the change when it worked so well?”
He responded that empirical evidence aside, what I told him to do couldn’t possibly be right for him as evident that it was only able to work for a few shots. It wasn’t possible that what he was doing could be so different from what was correct and he just needed to do a better job of keeping his head down.
This is a man who is a very successful administrator with a post graduate degree. I told him what was going to happen, I proved to him the old setup was awful, I also proved the new one was spot on. He had his best 3 holes stretch in who knows how many years and a couple of bad shots (that were predicted) made him revert to the old way.
This exact scenario happens all the time and not just to me, but all teachers, good and bad.
What is the mindset that creates this and how can we all learn to work around it..or better yet, through it?
In case you guys cared, I made 7 birdies, an eagle and 2 bogeys. I missed a 10 footer and a 5 footer for eagle.
I am still searching for consistency, but I really look good some days.