How Not to Improve Your Scores

There's no shortage of ideas out there on how to improve your golf game. Have you ever thought about how to make your game worse? Here are a few classic things that golfers do intentionally or unintentionally that make their scores higher. If you're doing one or more of these, it's time for a change in attitude.

  • Don't Practice: If you're ever said something like "I'll hit two balls on the first tee," you fall into this category. If you know what a "breakfast ball" is, you're not spending enough time on the range.
  • Don't get into shape: Golf really isn't a sport, so it I'm 50 lbs overweight it's not affecting my golf game, right? Wrong. The world's best players, both men and women, are exceptional athletes that make fitness and strength training a focus of their careers.
  • Buy new equipment at least once a year. Of course that new hybrid or driver will make all the difference. If you've never been custom fit for clubs, or if your clubs, especially your woods, are more than 5-7 years old then it's time for new ones. But if you're getting Christmas cards from the CEOs of TaylorMade and Callaway, you're spending (wasting) too much cash on clubs.
  • Don't take lessons: If you've ever said "the last lesson I took screwed me up" or "I can figure this out myself" or "my husband / friend / magazine told me to do this" you need to drop what you're doing and see a golf pro ASAP. We humans learn by instruction and repetition. Instruction and repetition are the only ways to learn anything. The ways we learn get the idea.
  • Try every quick fix gimmick: "Do this and you'll save 8 strokes", "this trick will add 20 yards", "guaranteed to prevent 3 putts", etc. How many of these videos and training aids and clubs are gathering dust in your garage? I've often wondered if I could purchase enough of these guaranteed gimmicks to make my scores below zero? There are some valuable training aids and drills out there, bur if it sounds too good to be true, guess what?

    Like most everything in life, good golf takes time and work. If you're doing any of the above things and can't understand why your game is not improving, it's time to either change your expectations or your actions.

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