Most of my clients are looking to achieve one of two things when they reach out to me for coaching.
They either want to improve the quality of their play or decrease their anxiety and increase the enjoyment they get from playing.
Regardless of their goal, it is often the little impromptu conversations we have on the lesson tee which have the most impact at the end of the day. With that said, please allow me to share some small subtle conversations I have had this week with clients.
Spend time on the range learning how far you hit each club.
I realize it may not be as consistent or as precise as you’d like; however, it will get better with time. Start by building rough windows with each club so you know approximately what you can expect each club to do for you. It is tough to build much of anything when you are armed with a full tool box yet have no idea exactly what each tool is used for.
Keep green reading in perspective.
Reading the subtle slopes and breaks on the green often overwhelm players. Be sure to relax and remind yourself that green reading is and always will be a guess and nothing more. Playing and practicing will provide you with experience and the more experience you have, the more educated your guess will be. Just relax and learn through trial and error…it will make more sense as time wears on.
The type of golf ball you use matters…sort of.
All golf ball brands and models offer different playing characteristics. Some feel softer and firmer, some fly higher or lower, and some may spin more or less. In theory, there is a perfect ball for you and your game.
Except for high-end players, playing the same brand of ball all the time will do more for your game than the search for the perfect ball ever will. Your golf ball is the only piece of equipment in your toolbox which you use on every shot you hit.
You wouldn’t feel comfortable playing with a different set of clubs each round, yet players do this all the time with regards to their golf ball. Don’t rush out and buy the most expensive ball, just by in a volume (often better discounts this way anyway) so you can consistently play the same ball all the time.
Being a good playing partner isn’t about how good you play.
Good playing partners are focused on etiquette and understand how to manage their way around the course efficiently without getting in everyone’s way. I enjoy playing with someone because they understand the game, not because they play the game well.
Spend every bit as much time learning how to move around the course between shots as you do learning how to hit the shots.
Golf has many little lessons to learn along the way, so be sure to spend some time learning the little things and remember they may be big things in the end as you pursue your goals.
I would love to hear what little things you have been taught which have had the most profound impact on your game or your perspective and enjoyment.