Why Golfers Don’t Play As Well As They Should

why golfers dont play as well as they should

A free report that is the ideal starting place for those looking to get more from their golf instruction

This is the title of my report that introduces you to my philosophies and coaching concepts. It also gives you some of my backstory and highlights why I’m so passionate about the golf improvement process.

I have reworked this title a few times and even added a nice graphic. It’s an important document for those starting out on this site and it will now be featured more prominently. If you haven’t read it you can do so by signing up here – I ask you to sign up because there’s some follow-up material that walks you through the content.

If you have already signed up for it previously then you can download it directly from this link. The document is a PDF (300kb) and is ideal to be printed out and read at a time convenient – or you can read it right away from your device.

The main goal of this post is to create a space for everyone to leave their comments. Did you like it? Did it spur you to action? Did it make you take notice of your game? Has it pushed or challenged you in some way. Did you hate it?

Hopefully, we can have a lot of thoughts, ideas and comments for those starting out on the automatic golf journey and help inspire them in the right direction.

If you’ve read the report, then please leave your comments below.

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  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply February 26, 2013

    My only comment is why are there no comments? This is “it” and there’s no comments. I don’t get it.

  • Cameron

    Reply Reply February 26, 2013

    It’s strange. Thought there’d be a bit more action.

    Would love to hear what people think.

  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply February 26, 2013

    OK, well I’ve got a comment. In the report it says “And here’s the kicker: you can’t find your real swing until you learn to automate”. This is really important. I got it the wrong way around for a long time. I wanted to work out HOW I should swing first and THEN automate it. No, that doesn’t work. You just end up losing whatever hair you’ve got left (not much in my case). What you have to do is automate FIRST and your natural swing will “appear” (and surprisingly quickly once you’re truly automatic).

  • Lukey

    Reply Reply February 27, 2013

    Grayden I concur because I fell for a similar trap but just recently I’ve come to realise I was doing it arse about.
    Cheers Lukey

  • Steady

    Reply Reply February 28, 2013

    Cam,GP and Lukey,
    Personally for me I like to get a feel for the shot/put I want to produce.
    It then becomes instinctive to do it. I don’t have to force anything.
    Completely natural and automated.
    As for the result I’m pleased most of the time except crappy bounces
    or bad results. This again comes back to accepting the things that are
    Beyond my control.
    Enjoy the game because there may come a time due to age/injury or disability
    That we can’t play.
    Ta Steady

  • Simon

    Reply Reply March 24, 2013

    Thanks for the copy of your report. It is very interesting reading, a little different from mainstream ideas as you say, but to me it makes a lot of sense.
    I have been in the golf industry for 17 years, and like you, have been fortunate to be taught by some very well respected coaches. I also have a degree in psychology, and with it an interest in learning and the mental process.
    It surprises me the number of people I come into contact with during the course of my day job, who are making absolutely no headway in the game of golf. Many of them take regular “traditional” golf lessons, practice, buy every new club that comes out with the promise of 10 more yards (well that’s all of them really isn’t it?) and yet, after all this…. their golf game goes nowhere. Many of them are still on the same handicaps as they were 10-15 years ago.
    Something here is just NOT working.
    A good friend, who was once a scratch golfer, and I played a round a few weeks ago, and had this same discussion. We both came to the conclusion that something in the teaching of golf is badly off the mark. We see so many young golfers who come through who have picture perfect looking swings…. yet can’t score, or really PLAY the game. Look at all the great golfers through the ages. There were very many different techniques among them (One would never mistake the swing of Sam Snead for that of Lee Trevino), so there is clearly not just one way to play successfully. Yet it seems all modern instruction is aimed at gravitating golfers toward some mythical “perfect” swing…. rather than the perfect swing for the golfer in question.
    I already know how to hit every shot in the book. What do I have to gain from a “traditional” golf lesson? What can the guy tell me that I don’t already know? ….. Not much to be honest. The reason I don’t do it all the time, is because I don’t automate. I get in my own way. I don’t have the trust to just let it happen because I don’t play enough golf to build the trust in myself. I try harder to make it happen….. and in golf this is usually disasterous, as counter-intuitive as that seems. How many times have you walked up to a 15 ft putt for a double bogey, and, because it doesn’t seem to matter, give it barely a second glance and drill it straight into the centre of the cup?? This is the way we need to play on every shot.
    Different from the mainstream is just different, not necessarily without merit……
    No question you are on to something Cameron,

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply March 25, 2013

      Simon: Thanks for stopping by and the nice words. The problem for many is they are not happy with their game, but they’re also too scared to do something that isn’t conventional instruction. They are afraid to buck the system (it’s actually normal) so they keep doing the same thing over and over again.

      I could talk about this stuff all day and I certainly agree with you. I think it was Pelz (Dave) who said Lee Trevino had the best ball striking stats of every player he tested. If he wasn’t the best, then he was close. But why isn’t his swing taught?

      I think the issue is we not only want to copy really good player’s swing. But we also want to make sure it looks good to us. This is another problem about fitting in and not rocking the boat.

      A friend of mine played golf with Jim Furyk in college. He said that never in his time did anyone comment on his swing. As far as they were concerned there was nothing wrong with it – only when he hit the big time did the media start talking.

      You really need to automate – it’s even more important that you don’t play much – this is the key to help you play your best with little or no play.

      Thanks for sharing,


  • David

    Reply Reply March 25, 2013

    I think you are absolutely right about golf pro`s (Bless`em) at the moment I am having lessons and there is so much to take in grip,stance and posture and I still can`t hit the ball correctly, it just doesn`t feel right.
    I am in my 6o`s and been playing golf or rather been trying to play golf for many years, even though I have had lesson after lesson, maybe I should look for another pastime.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply March 25, 2013

      David: don’t quit if you enjoy the game. The pro needs to get onside and help you have some fun. It’s not about your grip or stance – but it’s gotta feel good to you.

      I reckon you can stop having lessons for a bit and play your way. See how you go, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


  • Douglas

    Reply Reply April 2, 2013

    I haven’t yet finished reading all U have published. I believe U and I think alike. I too believe
    Teachers of the game go to far with information that only complicates things. The K.I.S.S rule
    should be applied more to Golf as I think U have found. (Keep it simple stupid) if U never heard the K.I.S.S Rule before. I found you’re stuff on putting very good. I like to do 1 added thing when practicing or facing a must make putt. I get my read as U say walk in take a final look to confirm then stroke the ball without looking up or at the ball rolling toward the hole, but listen for ball to fall in the hole. U may be surprised not only how many more putts are made but distance control also improves for longer putts. Thanks look forward to more

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply April 4, 2013

      Douglas: Thanks for sharing and your comments. Things need to be made simpler that’s for sure. For many golfers, all this analysis and technical stuff just hasn’t worked.


  • Adam

    Reply Reply May 18, 2013

    this was some very valuable information. its not only the fact that automatic golf is the way to go and that you teach it cameron, but also that you actually give a care for those who are struggling. you care about them and you are sincerely wanting them to improve. you’re not in it for the money, obviously your ridiculously low prices and your 500 free golf lessons, and its obvious you want to keep people improving. i will see if i can buy some of your material. by the way, one question:

    Why does tiger woods play so freaking well? he’s an epic genius of the game and basically hits every single flag location right on the mark. his distance control is unreal. hole high pretty much every time. i know you’d probably say “hes automatic and he swings freely” but even you, though you know auto golf, he could probably still beat you. maybe he couldn’t i really don’t know. but the skill level he plays at and the extremes he goes to to win, is absolutely inhuman. how on earth do you think he does it?

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply May 18, 2013

      Adam: Tiger could make me look ordinary 🙂 he’s by far the best player I’ve seen. Quite amazing really. I’ll put something together on TW in the near future…

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