There are no quick fixes in golf

This is a big reason golfers don’t get better. The insane desire for immediate gratification. There is no such thing as making a change and going from shooting 90 to shooting 80 in one day…at least not permanently.

Let me explain a few things to all of you that will help immensely.

1. If you make a change and it doesn’t feel a little uncomfortable or at least different…guess what? You didn’t change anything. By definition if you make a change, your feel won’t be the same and that will feel odd, or at the very least, different.

2. It takes time for your body to acclimate itself to the change where it does it automatically. If it takes Tiger 18 months to change his swing practicing 8 hours a day, how are we supposed to make a change and have it be ingrained in our swing from one day to the next after hitting a bucket of balls or playing one round?

3. Improvement in golf is not linear. If you make a proper change in your game you aren’t going to play better ever day until you shoot 32 (a perfect score for 18 holes). The biggest problem I see with people I give advice to is they let one bad day discourage them and they go back to their old way after one bad round. The one bad round is not because of the change you made, it’s because golfers have bad days. Did Tiger go back to his 2000 swing because he missed the cut at the British Open?…wait bad example…he should actually do that and that leads me to #4.

4. MAKE DANG SURE what you change is a good change. There are two slippery slopes here. Since I advocate being patient with changes and doing things that will make you better six months from now, you want to be careful about adopting something complicated that will lead you to a place of confusion. That is my problem with swing systems.

The other slope is adapting a rotating montage of quick fix tips you get from the golf media, your buddies or the know it alls at the range willing to offer them to anyone who will listen.

This is the most dangerous thing going on in golf right now. Because golf scores are not linear, sometimes we can implement a quick fix tip and it coincides with a good short game day…or a short game tip that coincides with a great ball striking day…or maybe it was just our day to shoot a low score and we equate the low score with the quick fix tip and that leads us down a road to multiple quick fix compensations…and a higher handicap.

DO NOT MEASURE YOUR IMPROVEMENT BY ONE SCORE, GOOD OR BAD. You measure your improvement over weeks and months, because that is how long it takes for improvements in your technique and/or course management to take hold.

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4 Comments

  1. radioman

    Hey Montenator,

    Just a word to let you know how helpful I’ve found your blog
    and instruction to be. You come off as very straight forward
    and sincere in your desire to help us hackers achieve a
    higher level of satisfaction with our golfing lives.
    I played golf between the ages of 10 and 20. Then a wife,
    kids, and bills got in the way.
    After I retired, I realized I needed some aggravation back in
    my life. So I figured it was time to play golf again!
    I actually hit the ball pretty good at first — then I started listening
    to all the junk and hype about making a full turn, X factor, ad nauseum ….
    When you posted your video about limiting the backswing to within
    your own capabilities, I got back on track again. Man, it felt very odd
    at first, BUT the ball took off as though it was struck by a reasonably
    good golfer. I couldn’t believe it was me.
    I now realize that I was twisting like a pretzle on the backswing,
    and lifting my spine, which you illustrated on your video.
    Thanks young man. Always keep the wife and kids happy and
    close to you.

    Grampa Radioman

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Thanks radio. Comments like this make it worth doing.

      Reply
  2. Banner 12

    Actually 18 is a perfect score in golf :).

    Probably, however, lower than 32 as you of all people should know. Drivable par 4’s come to mind?

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    • Dave W

      Wow! That’s sure silly. You show me a hole-in-one on a par 5 and I’ll reconsider. In theory, playing perfect golf would not involve hammering at short par 4s. The pros lay up on short ones, just gotta hole every approach shot for the perfect round.

      Great post Monte!

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