Golf Doesn’t Have To Be Frustrating!

Monday, September 13th, 2021
golf club and golf ball on tee practicing the art of patience in golf
  Whether you are a beginner golfer or an avid player, golf can be frustrating at times. There will be really good days as well as bad days. If you want to improve your game, there are some basic fundamentals you should consider to help eliminate most frustration out of the game.

Choose the right instructor

  First, take a few lessons. You will want to look for a professional who can teach you good swing habits before you build bad ones. The price of private lessons can be costly yet well worth it. If this is not quite in your budget, you can look into some golf schools or colleges that offer classes with hands-on experience to save money.   If you are a more seasoned player, beware of pros that might be watching your swings on the driving field. If a pro approaches you and discusses the fact that you need to rebuild your swing, ask them how many lessons it will take. If they say two or three, be cautious and let them know you will think about it. The process of rebuilding a golf swing can take months and a lot of sessions. Many of these types of professionals might just want to sell a few lessons to make extra money.   Every person has a different swing, so it is a good idea to look for an instructor who studies your swing and builds on that foundation to help you to gain consistency and confidence. Don’t be tempted by online sites that say they can show you how to rebuild your swing. Most of these are just looking to sell you something. What you need is hands-on experience.

Practice, practice, practice 

  With any sport, practice is the key to winning. To maximize your valuable practice time and avoid running through a basket of balls at the driving range, there are two types of practice drills you should learn.   The first practice drill is called block training. This drill works on getting you familiar with all of the clubs in your bag. Take each one out and hit five or six balls. A lot of golfers will use this technique to build muscle memory and shake off the rust. The second practice drill is called section training. For this one, remember that golf is both a thinking game and a game of skill. Bring a scorecard and walk through each hole on your favorite course. Then, hit the course and putting green after the range. At this point, you will see your section training has paid off and furthered your skills.

Play for the shot, not the score

  A “bogey” used to be a good score in golf, but now birdies and eagles are seen as better. If you start getting frustrated with your game, try playing a par four as a par five. This handicap system takes the stress off by turning a bogey into a net par. If you focus on the score, you could end up forcing shots and making errors, which could lead to a stressful game.    Golf is a game of recovery and there are many factors that will be out of your control. A good thing to note is that your subconscious will remember your birdies on a hard hole and the recovery of a bad tee on the second shot.

Set realistic goals for yourself

  Always set realistic goals for yourself and your team. When you achieve these goals, go on to reach higher ones. Keep setting your goals as you achieve them until you have the confidence to reach the end goal at 100%.

Have fun!

  Golf is not only a fun event but a social event. You are more likely to run into your friends than a professional while golfing. No matter how you play, there are many ways to improve your game every day and have fun when you do.   To learn more about golfing basics or to take a class, visit The Academy of Golf Dynamics at 1700 Kahala Sunset Drive in Spicewood, Texas. Here, you can learn basic techniques and etiquette, and have fun at the same time! We offer a driving range, sand traps, putting greens, and more to make sure you get the most out of your education. You can reach us at (512) 261-3300 or Send Us An Email for more information.