October 24, 2011

Create An Action Plan For Golf

Create an Action Plan for Golf and Just Make it Happen!

There is a paradigm that surrounds this game that accepts and perpetuates the notion that it’s OK to complain and dwell on how poorly we play.  Listen to the discussions around the typical 19th hole at any golf course in the area.  Frequently, golfers are speaking about the components of their game that don’t work very well.  “Couldn’t make a putt today”.  “I can’t hit my driver for the life of me”.  “I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to play out of the sand”.  “You think you’re bad, let me tell you about my day”.  When I hear these types of things from the players with whom we work, my first question to them is, “what are you doing about it”?  For the player who is truly interested in really addressing these issues, having an action plan is much more beneficial and constructive than simply having a group of friends with whom to commiserate about the weaknesses in our arsenal. 


Whether it is in our life or our golf game, it is far easier to contemplate doing something than actually taking the necessary steps to do something.  This game is filled with players of all handicap levels who are more inclined toward contemplation than action.  When I talk with players, I’m interested in what they are doing, or are going to do, rather than what they’re concerned about or what they’re going to try.  Trying isn’t doing.  Thinking and complaining isn’t taking action.  If you have deficiencies in your game, find an instructor or someone knowledgeable about the game and commit to a process of improvement.  Even for the vast majority of us who don’t have or won’t take the time to practice regularly, if we will pledge to work on even one component of our game it can be of tremendous benefit.   

Many people feel so frustrated with their game that they don’t even know how to begin the task of getting better.  The analogy that I use is of someone lost deep in the woods.  After a time of sitting quietly and hoping to be rescued, or spinning around waiting for a path to become evident, there comes a time when simply taking steps in any direction is better than maintaining the status quo.  Choose a path and follow it to see where it leads you.  Similarly, choose a path for your golf improvement.  You will see that doing something about the deficiencies in your game will give you the real sense that you are working toward making a positive change.  That, in and of itself, can increase your confidence on the course.

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