The following quotes are the biggest hindrance of improvement for golfers at all skill levels.
“Oh, I pulled that ball, I must be over the top, I need to swing more right.”
“I am having a terrible day. It doesn’t mater that I shot 3 of the 4 best scores in my life recently, what I’m doing isn’t working.”
If you think you can or should adjust after one bad shot, you’re never going to get better. If you think one bad trip to the range, or one bad round means what has been working for months isn’t working anymore, you’re never going to get better.
Bad shots/days happen. Even the best in the world, but let’s put that aside and look at the practicality of trying to adjust to one bad shot.
What are the odds that are of the following are will happen?
1. You know exactly why the bad shot happened.
2. You know exactly what to to do fix that flaw.
3. You put the fix into play correctly.
How about an 80’s teen movie where Robert Downey Jr. is a drug addict and dies of an overdose?
If you are making adjustments after each bad shot, you end the day with 40 different swings. How is that helpful in improving your swing on the range, or shooting a lower score?
Now if you make the same miss 5-6 times in a row, then some adjustment is necessary…and if on the course, make it small. Alignment, ball position, etc. Throwing mechanical changes at each miss is a disaster, especially considering most people make the same exact swing on the course no matter what new idea they throw in there.
As far as a bad day…how dumb is it to ruin months of progress by changing course from what has providing steady improvement?
Your improvement is like the Dow Jones. You know there will be some down days, but as long as the long term trend is up, what you’re doing is likely correct.
To use that analogy, how stupid would someone be to dump their whole portfolio if the Dow went down 80, when it’s up 2000 that last 52 weeks?
Pros who practice every day talk about 12-18 months for a swing change to become ingrained, yet once a week hackers get mad when they don’t stripe every ball with a 2 yard draw after trying something for 2 weeks…or even 20 minutes.
If you want to get better, realize long term correct changes produce small incremental improvements with peaks and valleys along the way.
“70 yards and 15 strokes off your handicap or your money back…”
That deal also comes with an option for buying a bridge in New York and ocean front property in Nebraska.