A different type of commitment

Most of us golfers will try anything if we think it’s going to help us improve our game. Here’s a list of the most common;

  • looking for any quick fix
  • changing of golf clubs
  • constant fiddling with golf swing

I think this constant search for improvement is admirable but highly flawed. Here’s why;

You’re looking for success before commitment

You’ll try something once but if it doesn’t work you’ll move on, looking for the next gimmick or magic cure for your game.

Automatic golf requires a different level of commitment. You’ve got to get committed before any success and be prepared to hang in there when the chips are down.

On Sunday I bogeyed five of the first six holes. It was the worst start to a round that I’ve had in a long time. The temptation was to analyse and change my approach. I did neither.

I dug my heels in and kept swinging without fear or thought. Yes, it’s scary and hard to do. It feels uncomfortable and in many ways seems like the worse thing to do. Convention would say slow down, take your time, work out what you’re doing wrong and try and fix it.

I argue that if you want to play your best golf that you’ve got to break the rules and follow your own path. That, if you follow the status quo you’ll play average and never experience what I call remarkable golf.

My round improved. The swing started to flow and the ball found the target. I recovered from the bad start to record a decent score. Not my best score, but it was certainly a fair improvement, I played to my handicap and had one of the better scores from the group.

The key for this comeback is level of commitment. If you’re looking for success before commitment you’ll get nothing.

If playing your best golf is important to you then you have to learn to hang in there. Stop looking for quick fixes and instant cures. Real success won’t happen overnight – it comes from playing with trust and commitment for a long period of time.

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