How to avoid the blowup…

Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, and Robert Garrigus have all had major blowups recently. Jean Claude Van de Velde…ouch.

I have had too many to count and so have all of you.

The fix is so simple, yet seemingly impossible. All you have to do is treat every golf shot as if it were in a vacuum and try to hit it as well as you can…regardless of your score on that hole, day, or tournament.

That is they key to golf. One of the few cliches in golf that are true. One shot at a time. Tiger is quite literally the best in the history of the game at this…I have been terrible in my career, but am making an effort to be better.

AHA!!!!! That is how you get better at this and everything else at golf. This concept and everything about golf is terribly difficult. Need for immediate gratification stunts the improvement of all facets of our games.

The way to get better at this or any other facet of golf is to make an effort to be better than yesterday…and you will be better 6 months from now.

There is no such thing as fixing it today. That is a lost cause. Just make an effort to be better and you will be…just 6 months from now.

I know I say this from time to time, but this is probably the best advice I have written. The better I do this, the better chance I will have of achieving my goal.




  1. S

    You write, “There is no such thing as fixing it today. That is a lost cause. ”

    I think dramatic improvement can be made by fixing a misconception–or looking at a fundamental assumption in a different way. Take this video, for example. The very first advice in it screwed me up horribly, for a long time.

    I’m thinking that in golf, whenever something is pushing, something else is pulling. But, it can make a HUGE difference how you look at it. This video advocates PUSHING the takeaway with the left side. I can think of at least four reasons why I would rather think of PULLING with my right side. (I’m talking lower torso here, not hand or arm.)

    There’s a good chance that Bobby Jones didn’t actually write the script. He probably said something like, “Fellas, I just grip it an’ rip it.” And, they told him not to worry about it, they’d get an instructor to write the script. Or, he was a victim of feel-is-not-real, or he wasn’t telling the whole story. Taking the right ARM out of it is not the same as taking the right SIDE out of it.


  2. s.

    While I’m on a roll, I’ll give you another video example of how changing a fundamental misconception can make a big change. Here’s MacLean on the Lateral Move.

    The Lateral Move might give a golfer the idea that he should try for a back-and-forth motion, instead of rotation. Interesting that MacLean criticizes Hogan for talking too much about turning. Ha, ha!

    By turning away from the right side, onto the left side, there is forward movement, but a top golfer (right-handed) doesn’t push forward onto his left side, he rotates (turns) onto it. Rotating away from the right side moves a golfer left. Maybe someone with limited flexibility would have to cobble together a back-and-forth move, but there’s sense in hurrying the Mr. Havercamp move

    Turning instead of sliding is something that could cause a big improvement in a short time. Bad instruction from MacLean, although he’s right about spinning the hips. Hips are a result, not a cause.


  3. Shallowface

    Some time ago I read that when Jones made his series of instructional films for Warner Bros., he had to watch film of himself ahead of time in order to see what he did so he could explain it to the audience. He admitted that he himself had never used any of the swing thoughts that he used to explain his swing in the films.
    The interesting thing is, virtually all golf instruction that has followed is done in the style Jones used.
    What other sport is taught in such a way that if you’ll only do these three or five or ten things it will result in success? None that I know of. Is it any wonder that so few of us ever achieve any success?


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