I was chatting with my student recently. He admitted his putting was a little weak. After further discussion he confessed that he NEVER works on his putting. Is that you? When a person is first introduced to golf, they are amazed at how many facets of the game are involved. How many clubs, putts, full shots, distances, different shots required and so on and so on. With so many different clubs and various situations, what do you practice?
Talking with golfers daily it is interesting to hear how they assess their game, what they need to do and the frustration of trying to improve their scores. I’m surprised how many golfers approach golf very one dimensionally and they can’t figure why their scores don’t improve. What is a “one dimensional golfer? It is a player that is good at one part of their game but ignores all their other faults that bring them down.
In the quest to play a better game the golfer must make choices how to spend their time and efforts. A student must continually assess their game, their progress, their ability, their physical condition and how to use their time wisely when practicing. It is like any task you take on, assessing the situation, planning what is needed to accomplish the task, assign special attention to the key areas but don’t lose sight of the big picture. The big picture is the overall score, it is getting around the course in fewest number of strokes. To reach that goal of a better score can be very motivational both mentally & physically, yet many golfers may never reach that goal. Are you a golfer ignoring key areas of your game?
If you want to feel the enjoyment of hitting your driver hard and skip working on the small stuff, that is Ok. But don’t confuse that kind of practice with the scoring issues you are having. Don’t lose perspective of the journey to shoot a satisfying score. Golf requires all parts of the game to be worked on, enjoy the work, enjoy getting a satisfying score. To hole a 10 ft putt on the last hole to shoot your best score is a great accomplishment and that needs to be the focus of your goal while practicing.
Achieving your personal best score is derived from all your hard work and practice. You set a goal and grind to achieve a score. Feel good about it, we don’t get many victories in golf but the days you do it is a real sense of accomplishment. You drove the ball well, you hit a good iron shot and you topped it off with a good putt. All parts of your game contributed to your good score. Your sense of accomplishment is complete. You, because of your diligent practice you now have a complete game.