Practice, practice, practice

Last month I started working out at the gym again. I've been a bit of a slacker lately. At my first workout, it was painful to me how out of shape I was. Just doing the warm-up was difficult. My body wasn't co-operating. It wasn't quite doing what I wanted it to do. But even just after a few weeks, I can feel my body getting stronger, and remembering its strength!

Have you ever felt like that when you are trying to make a change to your golf swing? Well, it's probably because the movement that you are trying has yet to build enough connections between your memory and your body.

My goal is to start 2016 with a strong body. I have three months to do it. It took me a while to get to this out of shape, so I'm sure it will take me some time to get back to where I want to be.

In my experience, one or two lessons don't make that much difference. Just like going to the gym twice won't either. What makes a difference is the consistency of practicing and the good second nature habits that are formed through practice. And in golf, knowing that you are moving the needle in the right direction will help motivate you stick it out through frustrating times.

Many players hit their seven iron on the range until it feels good or until they hit one good shot. That might be the most unproductive practice anyone can ever do. It will only create a false sense of confidence.

I've seen it happen over and over again. And if you are a new golfer, it is important to strengthen your swing through intentional practice. It is better to start as you mean to go on, rather than having to re-write your swing program later. Practice the dynamics (swing plane, angle of attack, club path and face angle) that will make a difference. And if you would like some support with that, I’m here to help.

Take good care,