The Golf Instruction Merry-Go-Round

Many "thinking" golfers are on what I call the golf instruction merry-go-round. They jump from tip to tip in the hope that it will be the instant cure to their golfing problem.

Unfortunately, these tips don’t work for long so you continually need to find new fixes.

And it's the path of always searching and trying to fix things that is actually causing you most of your pain.

Remember this image I showed you earlier?

It's never long before ANY golfer ends up on it and chasing the promise of 'par or better' golf, because popular opinion suggests that's how you should go about improving.

This stems from the belief that improvement can be instantaneous. This “quick fix” mindset comes from modern day society’s belief that we can have everything now.

But it doesn’t work.

Have you been trying to fix your swing with golf tips?

Has it worked for you up to this point? The chances are that it hasn’t and it’s unlikely to work into the future. But most golfers keep searching and remain stuck on the merry-go-round with no apparent way off it.

On the previous page I introduced you to Terry. He is the captain of the, “I have tried everything but still can’t find a better golf game” team. Terry is stuck in the merry-go-round and doesn’t know how to get off.

It’s impossible to play your best golf when you’re on the merry-go-round. There’s just no way that your system can deal with the abundance of different information. You can’t cope and you get a mixed bag of results each time you play.

Like good golf one day and a horrible score the next.

Not only is this frustrating and confusing – you have no solid system or method to rely on. You’re forced to come up with something new (swing thought, tip or theory) each time you play.

This becomes tiring and ultimately exhausting. You miss out on the true enjoyment that’s on offer, and waste years searching for cures that don’t exist.

Experience tells me that you want to play well and enjoy the process. Unfortunately this rarely happens – and you probably spend most of your golfing days feeling nervous, pressured, embarrassed and worried that you’re not playing better.

And playing like this becomes so normal you don’t think there’s any other way.

Don’t believe me? Try asking yourself this question:

When was the last time you had a truly memorable round?

Sadly, most golfers I speak to can’t answer this. They pick their brains but can’t remember a round that’s worth remarking on.

On the other side of the coin, the same golfers can recall many bad rounds of golf. They can remember all of the nasty stuff including the embarrassing shots, the angry emotions and feeling pathetic.

This is horrible and needs to be stopped.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, let this be your warning: You’re on a path towards a disastrous golf career – towards utter frustration and quite possibly a lifetime of under achieving.

I now want you to introduce you to another powerful concept. I call it the Golf Performance Matrix and it’s best described by the image below.

Here’s a brief summary of what’s at play here for those golfers stuck in the "technique" or "thinking" model.

When you are having that dream round of golf and playing well, it’s usually hard work. You need to remember what you're doing. You have to think lots. You need to rehearse your swing and generally try really hard.

And because it’s hard work, your system is not working optimally and you’ll ultimately fail.

This help explains why you fall into a hole over the last three or four holes.

Have you ever been flying, but then finish bogey, double bogey, triple bogey and double?

If so, it’s a sign that your system has self destructed. Despite your best effort, you are actually fighting nature and destined to fail. Each and every time.

Do this long enough and the forces of the matrix will pull you down permanently. This is when you’re stuck in a rut and golf is not only average, you’re working so hard it’s exhausting.

This is a loss-loss situation that I’m sure you’re familiar with.

The Graham’s (the learners) of the world approach the game differently. They are using a learning methodology over a technical one (I am going to cover this in more detail soon).

But for now, all you really need to know is that a learning mindset allows your system to work optimally. And this is a win-win that is mighty powerful (both internally and physically)

Because you’re working optimally you’ll get a mental advantage. But you’ll also get a mechanical advantage too.

More power, less effort. A better golf swing without needing to rework your swing. Less stress and strain on your body.

And it gets better because this “better” way of playing is sustainable. You can do it over and over and over again

Time to do something about your golf game

Deep down you probably know that what you’ve been doing to this point isn’t working. You know that your golf game is not going anywhere and if you don’t do something about it you’ll be stuck in a rut.

So, you keep plugging away with the same mindset, attitude and belief – despite no real proof that it’s going to be successful. And where does this leave you?

This is the saddest thing but you’ll wake up one day and realise you’ve missed out. You’ve let golf get the better of you and missed out on a lifetime of fun, enjoyment and satisfaction. By the time you realise this it can be too late.

Here’s a big clue that you need to take different action: Despite constant corrections, new clubs and lessons you never feel you’re getting anything positive. You may even start to dislike the game.

The end result is a kind of “golf hatred” and you know when you’re a victim when you…

  • Rarely have an enjoyable golf game
  • Start to dislike the game
  • Get frustrated after one poor shot
  • Look forward to finishing and getting off the course
  • Start making excuses before you even play
  • Feel embarrassed about your behaviour
  • Practice for the sake of it
  • Use the word “hate” with respect to your golf game
  • Feel like you have no ability
  • Feel like you have little or no power despite feeling fit and healthy
  • Try really hard without any results
  • Get really mad at your mistakes
  • Drive home feeling bad, angry and pathetic
  • Threaten to quit the game but you always come back for more
  • Feel like you’re hopeless with no way of improving
  • Feel like golf has gotten the better of you because you’ve been successful at everything else in life
  • Feel like a failure

If five or more of these statements sound like you, then you need to take action: You’re paying too high a price for wanting golfing success and chasing the "perfect" golf swing technique.

It might sound a bit blasé, but you need to stop taking your golf so seriously. If you can’t take action and turn your golf around then you’ll end up a golfing victim.

“Golfing hatred” is just the beginning of the unhappy consequences that I see in golfers everywhere.

The great news is all these problems vanish when you make one simple discovery…


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