Ridiculous expectations combined with a pass/fail mentality.
I don’t have to preach or rehash my views on the ridiculous expectations of golfers, I already wrote an article on it.
However, I left out an important part of this. The pass/fail mentality of practice and trying new things.
A rhetorical question. What are the odds you are going to hit a crisp, online shot while doing a drill or exaggerated feel?
I had a lesson a while back where a guy was hitting 50 yard slices, asked for my help, I gave it, he started hitting 20 yard slices and lamented he was still slicing.
Had a guy yesterday just stripe one (a groove low) during a drill and slammed his club and said, “thin.”
This pass fail mentality of practice sets you up for nothing but failure. During a drill, your only goal is to experience the feel of a proper movement and hitting the ball well couldn’t have less meaning.
When you are attempting a new movement, your body doesn’t know quite how to assimilate it, so solid shots will be few and far between early on, even for the scratch golfer.
Add all of this together with the unrealistic view golf on television paints what good golf is…you have a recipe for failure of every golfer.
I believe Hogan’s quote was he hit 2 good shots a day, yet we have 12 handicappers slamming their clubs on the range after a one groove low contact that finishes 20 feet from the intended target.
This is not specific or relative to skill level. ALL golfers require center contact, very little curve, proper sized divots and the ball to finish within a few feet of the target, or it’s a fail. “I am very competitive and hard on myself.”
Fine, so don’t be stupid and stop using a mentality that’s like banging your head on the wall so the headache will make you forget your broken toe hurts.
I will often hit a pull hook in front of my students, be happy and they will look at me funny. My response is a heel, low faced block is the miss I hate and a ball that starts left in the middle of the face is progress for that poor swing. I can avoid a hook any time I want. If those thin blocks show up, the Army golf is on the way.
Why not grade shots both on the course and in practice on a sliding scale, like we had in school.
What’s going to make you feel better at the end of a round or practice session? Which one would be a better session to an outsider? Which one will lead to improvement?
You hit 50 balls and pure 2 of them.
Grading scale 1……..2 passes, 48 fails
Grading scale 2……..2 A’s, 30 B’s, 15 C’s and 3 F’s