(I didn’t get a chance to film the “Grip Test” video on Easter 🙂 I will do it today and post tomorrow. It goes along with last week’s series on release.)
Most golfers, including me in much of the past 10 years, treat their golf games like a Catch-22.
“I will have fun if I shoot low. If I grind on my swing and pre-shot routine, I will shoot low, but if I grind, I will not have fun and I won’t shoot low if I don’t have fun.”
That is what way too many golfers go through and it is…Really (expletive deleted) stupid.
Grinding may work for the best of the best during the last round of a major championship when the course is setup really tough, but it is not the way to better golf. Actually it doesn’t work most of the time for the best of the best, as that is what often leads to choking.
Golf should be treated like a win-win. If I have fun, I will shoot low…and if I don’t shoot low…I am playing golf…what’s not fun about that?
All of the circular logic aside, grinding on your golf game while playing a round of golf is not fun and you are more likely to shoot low if you are relaxed and having a good time.
Most low rounds are not played when you are hitting your best shots, they are done when you find a way to get the ball in the hole. That is an intangible and done while “playing the game” not grinding on your technique, stepping off your exact yardage or reading a putt for 10 minutes.
A short basic pre-shot routine that is easy to repeat, a vague idea of where to hit your tee shot (or how far you have left to the green or how your putt breaks and speed) and a maximum of one swing thought to keep your mind from wandering and keying your swing to repeat.
…and realizing you are playing a GAME and the object is to enjoy yourself.