Last weekend I played golf at Willow Creek CC in High Point. It was my first round in over a month and things were a little rusty. Despite some my game being off a bit, I scored pretty well. It was the first time in my life (20+ years playing) I figured out something my coach has been trying teach me for over a decade. I think it will help you play better too.
Most of the time a golfer benefits by “trusting” their swing and not focusing on a million different mechanics when they play. You should, as the standard advice goes, dance with the one that brought ya.
But what do you do when who you brought has two left feet and the rhythm of this guy? You have to make adjustments and tweaks to find the something that gets the ball in play and in the hole.
Here are a few tips that helped me make the click on Sunday:
1. Small change big result
Don’t underestimate minute changes. You will be surprised how much a slight shift in ball position, stance, grip, etc will make.
2. Take a few more practice swings in your routine
I’m usually a one practice swing guy. However, in this case it was helpful for me to take multiple swings trying to zero in on a different feel.
3. Drop back a club off the tee
Hit a 3 wood or hybrid or anything that gives you some margin for error. This saved me several times when the experiment didn’t produce the result I was looking for.
4. Be extra patient
This is the most obvious one. Give you yourself the room to keep making adjustments. It tool me 8 holes to find a feel I could work with.
Hope these help. After the round I’d recommend scheduling a lesson and getting a check up to make sure you are not using duck tape on the Hoover Dam.
How do you get through a round when you don’t have your “A” game?