I see it time and time again- people outkicking their coverage on the range but not on the course. But why does this happen? Why do golfers have the tendency to hit the ball so far when practicing but not in the game itself?
I’ll tell you why.
Trying to adjust after each miss hit shot. That costs golfers more strokes than not holding lag, poorly fit golf clubs, gloves that don’t fit, the pro shop being out of their brand of golf balls, mud on the ball, wind changing directions, lifting their head, bad range finder readings, poorly marked sprinklers, bad bounces, people honking car horns, improper warm up, confining shorts and pullovers, mystery injuries, halitosis, hemorrhoids and post nasal drip all put together.
How often have you played with this guy?…or maybe it’s been you.
First tee, hook. “Oops, better hold on to it longer on the next one, maybe I better swing more to right field as I came over the top of that one.”
Second shot, thin. “Well, better keep my head down.”
Pitch, chunk. “Got a little flippy there, better hold my angle.”
Tee two, slice. “Wow, better roll my wrists.”
Second shot, block, “Hmm, must have been aimed right.
When the day is over, it was literally 25-40 different swing thoughts and intents. Let me ask you guys this: regardless of skill level, what are the odds that a golfer could satisfy all of the following:
1. Proper diagnosis of swing fault that caused the bad shot.
2. Coming up with the correct fix for that fault.
3. Actually implementing the fix correctly on the next swing.
I am putting that number as being the same as Mr. Blutarski’s GPA.
I can tell you what the swing flaw was on about 90% of those occasions…IT WAS A BAD SHOT!!!!!!
They happen to players at every level. Didn’t Jordan Spieth hit bad shots in a record breaking Master’s victory? Sorry to sound like a jerk, but when you try and adjust your swing after every bad shot, it’s ridiculous, arrogant and stupid.
You shouldn’t adjust anything until you hit the same bad shot 3,4, 5 times in a row…and that should be a small setup or ball position adjustment. Unless you play golf for a living, in round swing adjustments are the equivalent of seeing a dime on the road and trying to open your car door at 70 mph to try and pick it up.