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The Joy of the Journey
Golfing Magazine Staff
By Golfing Magazine Staff
Published on 04/27/2011

The Joy of the Journey
To make progress when learning golf you must enjoy the work and effort it requires.  We must enjoy the road to progress with the journey being as or more enjoyable as it is to reach the destination.  For this to happen, learning has to be interesting.

Progress will not occur unless you are open and aware.  Be prepared to make changes when learning golf.  Changes may make you uncomfortable and take you out of your comfort zone, but you may have to see things in a different way before you experience progress.  We must observe in order to learn which requires a certain discipline, but not the conformity.

Motivation is critical to individual motor performance.  We are capable of doing much more physically than we usually manage, and higher motivation can help make up the difference.  There is an optimal level of arousal that tends to shade into tension.  This can actually be helpful, but too much tension can reduce motor performance.  Quicker learners are more motivated and likely have a lower level of tension that might interfere with learning.

The ability to learn varies with the amount of attention someone is able to bring to bear on the process.   You may learn more quickly if you break a new skill into segments.  Mental practice is also more effective in the early stages of acquiring a skill.  Lastly, the more complex the task is, the more improvement is likely to result from mental practice.