People ask me all the time how they can sift through the morass of conflicting golf advice they hear in the golf media, from tip givers, and various teaching pros. I tell them the advice should be able to pass two tests:
- If you pick several all time great players at random, nearly all of them should do it .
- The person spouting it should be able to demonstrate and hit a good shot.
After all, do you really want to be applying something to your swing that fewer than 5 great golfers in the history of the game have done? Or something the advice-giver cannot do themselves? And if it’s such a good move, why did so few figure it out? And if it’s such a good thing, why can’t the advisor do it?
Amateur golfers are prone to “seeking”, and unfortunately, there’s a line around the block of people willing to heed their call. Golf is a difficult game, and it doesn’t take much bad advice to ruin a swing. When I look at the endless parade of “new and revolutionary” teaching concepts that have been introduced in my lifetime, usually one of two things are true:
- It’s not actually a new idea at all. At best, it’s a legitimately new way of teaching an old idea
- It’s new because it’s terrible and nobody should be doing it
Obviously there are exceptions, but most concepts fall into one of two categories.