How to Play Well and Learn Well
I had a blog question about a mental article I wrote, it covered the idea of letting things happen on the course. He also questioned whether he would be able to implement the changes I encouraged into his game. I obviously think anyone can implement these changes into their game, but the question did remind me of a statement that I heard as a kid. I believe it was Hale Irwin…
He said that some days you play well and some days you learn well.
Every day you step foot on the course you either play well or you learn well. Many of you are new to the Perfect Connection Golf Swing and are attempting to take these changes onto the course. I have been overwhelmed by the great comments on the blog as to the success of the changes people are making, however I realize that some of these great rounds will be accompanied by some bad rounds as well.
Look back and analyze what you did that day. What went wrong? Try to figure out if there is a reason. What went well that day? Always try to take something away from the round. Maybe you learned that your short game is not good enough to save you when you don’t strike the ball well. Take that information and set a goal to improve your short game. Not even the tour players hit it well for four straight days. It may be good to us, but their expectations are higher. They, however have the course management and short game to save them.
Speaking of course management, what happens to yours when you were playing poorly? Do you try to force shots? This is usually a recipe for higher scores. When good players are not striking it well they adjust accordingly and play more conservatively. This is not typical of amateurs who try to make up for the previous hole with one swing. If this sounds like you then you just learned something about your game. Learning and improving is the key to getting better over time. Always strive to improve, even when you don’t play well. Adjust your game plan and apply this new found information to your future rounds.
Playing well is great and we can all remember great rounds, however the bad rounds are sometimes more important for our overall learning experience. Learning to manage your game, what areas need to be improved, and what course management decisions need to be improved on, is the key to improving long term. A great goal for yourself is to improve 1-2% each time you play. If you can gather a calm head and analyze your rounds, you can definitely achieve this goal and start playing to a higher level.
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