Golf is a game in which it's hard to hide weaknesses. Because of changing courses and conditions, sooner or later you'll face shots that you're not good at. So while some people emphasize that certain parts of the game are more important than others, the elite players are truly well rounded.
There's no shortage of ideas out there on how to improve your golf game. Have you ever thought about how to make your game worse? Here are a few classic things that golfers do intentionally or unintentionally that make their scores higher. If you're doing one or more of these, it's time for a change in attitude.
Don't Practice: If you're ever said something like "I'll hit two balls on the first tee," you fall into this category. If you know what a "breakfast ball" is, you're not spending enough time on the range.
Much ink has been spilled in recent months about how golf is in decline. It is unquestionably true that the game has fewer players, fewer courses, and lower TV ratings than a few years ago. The causes are all well documented--the glut of courses, less discretionary funds, the cost of golf, the time commitment, difficulty of the game, and the rise in the commodity costs are the biggest reasons.
As we start the new year, many of us have set resolutions to improve our games in 2014. But one fact that we all forget is this--we will hit bad shots. This is true and unavoidable. Obviously, you can improve your fundamentals to reduce the quantity and improve the quality of those bad shots, but you can never eliminate them entirely. But the mental mistakes made on the golf course are 100% preventable. Here are some things that we all do that are completely avoidable.
How do we fix the slow play problem, which is the scourge of golfers everywhere? I certainly don’t have the answers, but it helps to explore all of the causes of slow play. The most common reasons (difficult courses that aren’t designed for quick play, golfer ability, and course conditions) have been discussed at length, but here are some other causes of slow play that aren’t talked about as much but contribute to 5 hour and longer rounds.
In light of the forthcoming anchored-putter ban, there's been a lot of talk about a bifurcation of the official rules of golf. This means having two sets of rules--one for the Tour pros and one for the rest of us. Is this a good idea?
Read the title again. What’s the difference? I believe there is. There may be no such thing as THE perfect swing, but there is certainly a limit to each of our physical and mental abilities. Our own personal limits are very hard to define, especially in golf, since there will always be missed putts, mis-hit shots, etc.
Over the past few years, it's become very easy to get your golf swing on video. There's no shortage of devices that can film video, espeically smart phones. The video quality from smartphones is typically very high, but it's not always the best for recording high-speed movements--like the golf swing.
The naked eye can see movements at up to 30 frames per second (fps), and that is the speed that most smartphones and cameras record video. This is great for slow moving objects, like your kids opening Christmas presents, but will cause any fast moving thing to be blurry in the video.