On Sunday, I watched ams of different skill levels hit balls to an approximately 150 pin.
Here is what I observed…and it meshed with what I have observed for 30 years.
Golfers that are around 10 handicaps hit less than 1 out of 10 that land within 10 feet and hit more than half that land outside 40 feet.
Golfers that are over 20 handicaps basically have to get lucky to hit a ball that lands with 20 feet of the hole.
I am not just talking about left and right. Overall distance from the hol
The odds of golfers at these skill levels hitting a ball online and the actual distance they think they hit it and hit it solid enough to hit the ball that distance is small.
“Yes Monte, we know we suck, stop being such a jerk and telling us how bad we are and actually make a point.”
I am glad you are all thinking that, because I have an answer.
Because golfers have such skewed expectations of what they should be accomplishing on each individual shot, they ruin their swings and golf games.
You hear golfers that shoot 85 giving personal stats that would lead the PGA Tour.
I once had a guy tell me he needed a 4 degree driver because he hit the ball too high. I told him it was probably a swing issue or setup issue and his response was, “I know I am handsy, but I carry it 290 and I hit 80% of fairways, so I don’t want to change my swing.”
I played with him and he carried it about 230 and hit 4 fairways on a wide open course that I hit 13 of 14 on.
One of my closest friends got down to a 5 and I once measured his expectation on each individual shot and he would have shot somewhere in the mid 50’s had he met those expectations.
“OK, Monte, you know everything and we know nothing. Please impart us with your genius, oh all knowing Oz.”
I know I often come off that way, but it not from a place of arrogance or superiority. It is from a place of personal failure and frustration for all of us.
…and here is the point.
Golfers using such ridiculous expectations end up thinking they need to adjust their swing after each “unexpected” non perfect shot they hit.
I have proven to students over and over again. Good shots and bad shots are nearly the same swing. The body sequenced in a slightly different manner, but look the same…and essentially are the same. Changes take weeks and months to become apparent to the naked eye.
All that being said, adjusting your swing after each bad shot (even if the self diagnosis wasn’t horribly incorrect in most cases), is chasing windmills.
It is no less ridiculous than taking out your wrench and closing the face on your adjustable driver after spraying your first drive to the right.
You get better by repeating the same swing and accepting it will hit bad shots sometimes (actually often, not adjusting your swing each time you don’t hole out from the fairway.
Working on something so you can improve is one thing, but when I watch a student hit 5 great shots in a row and hit one ball a hair fat and left and ask me why that happened, I empathize with those who commit murder suicides.
The worst offender of today’s rant…is yours truly.