Changing any kind of habit can be challenging for all golfers. Yes, even the new player that doesn’t have many golf experiences. Why? Because we are creatures of habit and we don’t like to change what is familiar, even if it delivers a painful result.
In my newly released book, Mentored by the King, I tell a story about a man who stopped in a country store in a small town in Georgia, one of those great old buildings with high ceilings and wooden floors. In the middle of the floor was an aging Labrador retriever that kept moaning and groaning, but neither the owner nor the customers paid any attention to the dog. Finally, the traveler asked the shopkeeper, “Is there something wrong with your dog?” “Nah,” he replied, “that’s Buster. He’s just sitting on a nail.” “Why doesn’t he move?” the man inquired. “I guess it hurts him enough to moan but not enough to move.”
Humorous, yet a very true fact is that most golfers would rather moan and groan, instead of moving off of their painful nail. We know better, but still won’t budge. We often try, even take lessons but only too quickly revert back to laying back down on the “rusty nail” (what we have come to know) in frustration. Why is this? And, what have only a few done differently to make permanent change, mastering the fundamentals and increasing one’s success?
Rest assured that I have yet to meet a natural born golfer. It’s kind of like saying, “She is a natural born pianist”. She might have a keen ear for music, but must still struggle learning cords and chunks prior to making beautiful music. Golf is a game that requires conditioning disciplines opposed to our natural feel for hitting a long straight golf ball. This is why great hitters in baseball usually hit big slices. Without being aware, every one begins playing the game with preconceived and preconditioned paradigms from other sports or activities. Some of these habits work in harmony with proper swing fundamentals and others don’t. We may consciously desire to change certain swing faults but due to these unconscious paradigms we fight the new because it doesn’t immediately feel right.
I have studied this very topic for several years, observing human pattern and learning how to help people change old habits and condition the new from some of the best mind coaches in the world. I will enjoy sharing these success secrets with you too. My blog will discuss this all important process of making change over the next several weeks; so you can learn and apply certain aspects into making effective changes in your golf game.
Have you struggled to make changes? Your comments are welcomed and appreciated!
A Top 100 Teacher by Golf Magazine and PGA class-A Professional, Brad successfully competed on the Austral-Asian PGA Tour and Hogan/Nike Tours, developed the training curriculum for high-performance juniors at Saddlebrooke Preparatory and applies these experiences to his teaching and coaching at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Brad was awarded the North Florida PGA Teacher of the Year and Junior Golf Leader of the Year, Edwin Watts Golf Top Instructor Award, along with the honor of Top 50 Instructor in Florida by Golf Digest.