All the stats show that most amateur golfers reach a plateau early and then stay there – forever. Why can’t we get better? It’s not as though there aren’t tons of teaching tips available online or tons of advanced hi-tec golf clubs or 3, 4 and 5 layer golf balls that will match your game and swing perfectly.
Then why don’t we get better? Here’s the answer you’re not going to like – it’s human nature. Golf challenges the very foundation of human nature. It’s got it’s fingers on our hot spots and plays us all like puppets. Think about this; it’s the same reason many of us try to lose weight and don’t (notice I didn’t say can’t). Of course we can lose weight, there are a million diets, methods and books BUT basic human nature stands in the way, the same way it does for improving our golf games.
Not sure what I mean? let me spell it out with an example. I don’t think there’s one person at the golf club where I belong who doesn’t want to putt better. The typical response to ‘how did you play’ is ‘I hit the ball alright, I just couldn’t putt’. We have a nice practice putting green, but in 2 years I’ve never (as in not once) seen anyone practicing putting drills. Instead we throw 2 or 3 balls down before or after we play and putt that way for 5 minutes and we’re done – no circle drills, or tee drills or one handed drills or lag stepladders – NOTHING.
In the example above, basic putting drills are simple and don’t require anything more than what’s typically in your golf bag. So why don’t we practice with purpose? That’s the $60 million question. Is it we’re afraid that we’ll practice and not get better so if we don’t practice we can hold on to the idea that if we did practice we could get better. That probably sounds crazy, but that’s my point; humans are crazy, it’s our nature. We have to go out of our way to be sane. This is contrary to the idea that humans are basically sane and only occasionally crazy.
If you really really really want to get better then get in shape, practice with a purpose and leave your swing thoughts on the practice range. The question is will you. I know this system works because I did it once and putted great for one season. However, I’m just as crazy as the rest of you and don’t really practice carefully like I did that one year and now I answer ‘I hit the ball OK, I just couldn’t putt’. Go figure!