Keep it Simple to Improve Your Game
I know some people that have spent more money on the newest crazes in golf instruction and game-helping gizmos than you would believe. Sure, some of them have improved their games, but some have not. I think I know why this is. All good golfers learned the game the same way. Ask a good golfer how they became good and they will likely say something along the lines of, “Well, I really didn’t have a lot of instruction. I learned very quickly to be a good player and I loved every minute of it.”
This might make you think that some people are just naturals, but I don’t see it that way, not from a physical ability standpoint, anyway. Some people just understand what to do and how to play. At its core, golf is a simple game, after all. Use this club to hit the ball in this direction. As the famous ad slogan goes, “Just do it.” By complicating this truth, golfers can slow their development.
When I teach someone the game, I try to keep things simple for them. I believe that everybody is capable of moving a stick at a target, and that’s what golf boils down to. Plan your shots and know where you want to hit the ball. Set your body up to achieve that purpose. Then just do it!
Bob DeStefano is the Head Golf Professional at Gardiners Bay Country Club.