When Good is Good Enough
I read a very interesting article this week all about golfers searching for consistency. It talked about how the majority of players spend time trying to perfect their swing in the hope it will bring consistency to their game. For those of you reading this blog who spend the winter working on your swing mechanics, you might be surprised to find that chasing the "perfect swing", will not bring the results you desire.
How can I say that?
Just take a look at the statistics of the world's top 10 ranked tour players. Brookes Koepka ranked world No 1 in 2018 played in 17 PGA Tour events won 4 Majors, made 15 cuts, recorded 10 top 10 finishes and came 3rd in the FedEx Cup rankings. His scoring average for that year was 69.4. You might say well that's consistent, but lets take a look at the statistics in more detail. His lowest score shot was 63, which he shot four times and in comparison his highest was 78, which he shot five times. So although his average score was 69.4 for the year, it's pretty clear his scoring was not consistent.
If the world's best players, who make a living out of playing the game can't be consistent on a daily basis then why should you think you can? Don't get me wrong I'm not saying technique isn't important, having good technique will give you the foundations to play the game. Having the correct set up when addressing the ball is key.
However, if you filmed your swing on the golf course, you might be surprised to find your swing patterns don't differ as much as you think they do. In reality, the biggest changes to each shot will depend on how you feel emotionally stood over the ball, i.e. are you nervous, or are you emotional from the last shot taken. If your focus is not totally on the shot you are about to make, that's when the mistakes will happen.
So unless you're still learning the basic swing mechanics, instead of trying to perfect your swing, accept the swing you have is good enough. Instead this winter invest your time wisely by improving your mental game to unlock your true potential.
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