When you lose your golf game

the normal thing to do is to go searching,

– change your swing
– try a quick fix or two
– change your equipment

But there’s a better option worth consideration. And that is to do nothing. Accept the fact that you’ve hit a few poor shots and get on with it.

– keep swinging freely
– don’t panic
– play the simplest and easiest shot you can think of

It might not be a sexy solution but it’s the easiest. And it works better than the norm.

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  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply January 15, 2012

    “Do nothing” Heh, heh…..thats my kind of improvement program 🙂 But you’re right of course. Keeping on swinging freely will take care of the improvement NATURALLY – no conscious input needed. Takes guts though. The temptation to start analyzing and tweaking can be enormous, especially if you read golf magazines. My advice is “don’t”.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply January 15, 2012

      Yep, definitely not easy. There’s a lot of potential distractions out there.

  • Lukey

    Reply Reply January 15, 2012

    The point I take out of this is to take this easiest shot and resist the temptation to hit the hero shot which as we know will lead to disaster.I had the situation yesterday where I had a fortunate tee shot and was confronted with a tricky situation and decided to go for the glory (bloody pesky again)shot and ended up with an eight (quadruple bogey).I am glad to say though that was the only time ego surfaced and I managed to get round without too many errors from there.I agree with both Cam and Grayden it does take guts but well worth it.
    Cheers Lukey

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply January 17, 2012

      Lukey: you don’t always have to take the easiest shot. Sometimes the harder shot is needed or you’re just having fun so you can go for it.

      Many go for the impossible which almost always leads to disaster.

  • Mike Divot

    Reply Reply January 23, 2012

    So Cam, what do you think when you hear of … (picks pro golfer at random) … Aaron Baddeley, who went with Leadbetter, then went “stack and tilt”, then went away from “stack and tilt”, and so on.

    Baker-Finch another one, who changed his swing to the point where he self destructed.

    All these pro golfers endlessly tinkering with their games. There must be an element of trying to shave off that one shot per round or per tournament, like those Austrian skiiers who inspired you. What’s right and what’s wrong?

    Interested to know your take.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply January 26, 2012

      The golf world is full of players who had “it” and then lost the lot. And these are the players we have heard of – there are plenty more who who lost the plot before they made it to the big time.

      As for the Austrians, they changed their summer training protocol – from using roller blades to a series of funny little exercises to help them kit fit. I’m pretty sure they weren’t about to change their entire skiing technique.

      So the more I think and write about golf the more stupid I think it is to undergo major swing changes. It almost seems like the coaches need to justify his position by coming up with some new swing theory. But does it really help? I’m not so sure.

      Baddeley was an unbelievable player prior to Leadbetter and Stack and Tilt. I think he may have wasted some of his best golfing years.

      Baker-Finch went searching for more distance and lost his game.

      Even the greatest player (in my opinion), Seve, tried to find a more consistent game and never got there.

      So there’s nothing wrong with trying to improve your game. But I think that “playing” the game (like hitting your shot and exploring what you can and can’t do – just for starters) is every bit as good as going in search of a better golf swing. I know this kind of thinking isn’t the most popular or that common, but I’m sure if more golfers adopted it they wouldn’t be so frustrated and destroy their natural flair for hitting the golf ball.

      Another point: “playing” develops your swing in a more natural way and it doesn’t ruin your game in the process.

      I really think it’s time for a change.

      Thanks for posting Mike

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