The Learning Curve
www.FixYourGame.com was launched about a year ago, and since then I’ve had the “pleasure” of numerous technical issues to deal with. Prior to this, I had no experience whatsoever with web design / development. It’s safe to say that trying to diagnose and fix technical website problems has reintroduced the learning curve to me.
What does the phrase “learning curve” mean to you? To me, it means the time, effort, and repetition necessary to learn a new skill. And trying to learn something about web publishing has a steep curve for me. The terminology and processes are completely foreign to me and a minor problem that an expert can solve in minutes takes me hours.
It’s important for golf instructors to realize how hard it is to learn a completely new skill, and how long it takes to change an existing pattern. I’ve known other instructors to intentionally take on new hobbies or learn new skills to keep this in the front of their minds. Think of the last time you drove a rental car. You don’t know how to turn on the wipers, adjust the radio, etc. On your own car you can do these things without even looking or thinking about them.
These same learning curves apply across all sports, professions, skills, hobbies etc. If you haven’t read it, I suggest Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Outliers. In it, he says that is takes 10 years or 10,000 hours to become expert at a given skill or profession. (I talk about this a little in a previous blog: http://www.fixyourgame.com/blog/why-am-i-not-gettting-any-better.)
I don’t mean to discourage all of us golfers who are trying to get better. We simply have to remember how hard it is to break old habits. You can teach old dogs new tricks, but it not fast or easy. So keep practicing, keep grinding, and keep getting quality instruction to improve your golf game.
Brant Kasbohm, PGA
Director of Instruction