Home' New Zealand Golf Magazine : NZGM November 2013 Contents 2) YOU TUBE
Again I really enjoy the information on You Tube...and I know a lot of golfers who also
get some great ideas from this form of media.
But once again, it is like a book...it may not be information that is right for them?
More importantly...unfortunately there is also a lot of rubbish on You Tube. And
what scares me is that some golfers may not be able to differentiate between what’s
correct and what’s not! So improving your golf via You Tube can also be a very
dangerous method to rely on?
3) PROFESSIONAL PERSONALIZED COACHING
Just ask yourself...if you were to learn to play an
instrument or learn to drive a car... wouldn’t your
progress be greatly improved by having a coach/
instructor ensuring you are practicing the right way
and not just making bad habits more comfortable
and more set in thus harder to change later on?
Now I might be biased here. But there is nothing
better than having an expert eye watching and
discussing with you what is really happening? And
more importantly, what it is you need to do now to
ensure you then make the progress you desire!
This not only means having the correct
information...but also a properly sequenced and
progressive plan to work towards.
And of course may be it’s time to stop listening to
your playing partners and find out what you need to start focusing on?
Noting that ‘keep your head down’ is the worst piece of advice a golfer can be given.
And advice I unfortunately hear given to golfers unaware of the harm it may cause not
only to their golfer but also to their bodies!
So with these thoughts in mind...ask yourself...are you insane?
Or are you now ready to ensure that over the summer months you are working
towards getting your golf to a more effective, realiable level. Providing both much more
enjoyment but also ensuring you keep your sanity!
There was a very smart man who suggested that ‘the definition of insanity is doing the same thing
again and again, and expecting a different result!’
His name was Albert Einstein!!!
So is this you with your golf?
When I ask people how their golf is
going they usually complain about it:
they’re having trouble with their tee
shots, or their putting, or maybe even
playing a certain lie?
Iit also seems to me that these same
people never do anything about it!
Unless of course they buy a new club,
expecting that is the answer? And
sometimes it can be...but at what cost?
So what is the answer?
Practice makes permanent...not
One definite positive is to go out and practice. However just practicing in itself may not be the answer.
As it depends on whether you really know what it is that you need to change or practice to ensure you’re
Also you need to be careful that you’re not changing the good things for a poorer technique?
As suggested...practice makes it permanent...and that only perfect practice makes perfect golf!
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ARE YOU INSANE?
SO HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO PRACTICE?
Apart from your own peronal observations and or your personal statistics. There are 3 possible ways you can
source the ‘what’ and ‘how’ you should practice?
1) READ A BOOK
I enjoy reading golf books and golf magazines, and of course for me this is also research
with learning from the wonderful knowledge and great ideas my colleages share with us all.
And as you know of course I try my best to share my knowledge and ideas when writing
for this wonderful golf magazine. As well as writing my own golf book, which can be
purchased through this magazine.
The only problem with this is that it may not be a very personalized approach and may not
address the immediate issue(s) the golfer may have?
COACHING KEVIN SMITH
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