When you read what I am about to say, your reaction is going to be…
…and in a very sarcastic way, but it is a concept many of us forget.
You can’t work on your swing on the course during a tournament or money game. It’s one thing if you are playing a fun round and trying to work on what you are working on…and test it on the course. It’s something different when you are trying to shoot a meaningful round. You have to hope that what you are fooling with on the range starts to translate to the course.
What you hope for is your work on the range has infiltrated your feel and has already created some improvement. Then go to the course and get it done. If you are struggling, do what it takes to not struggle.
For instance. Let’s say you aren’t shifting your hips far enough toward the target and that is what you are working on. You aren’t going to get them far enough forward when you play. On the contrary, under pressure you tend to revert back to old ways. So move the ball back in your stance (or forward in your stance for that matter) a hair until you can get to the range and continue to improve. That is what playing golf tells you…how to get it around when your swing is a folded up lawn chair inside a phone booth.
I am not for bandaids to fix a swing issue per se…but sometimes you have to throw one on to make it through a round that means something. It’s called playing golf and tour players do it all the time. Get through the round until you can get to the range. It doesn’t always work, but it beats the alternative…which is to struggle with your swing and play bad for sure.
During my first round yesterday, I felt hooks were imminent and it was OB left on every shot. I spent the whole first round trying to hit cuts. All of the sudden, I felt things line up, went back to my normal draw and played very well the second round.
The point is to find a bandaid that temporarily stops the bleeding until you can put a more permanent fix on it.
It’s called playing golf…and I need to do more of it.