Negating The Negative

As a golf professional the roles that you’re asked to fill are plentiful; tournament coordinator, golf shop director, merchandiser, handicap & rules official, golf promoter, business manager, psychiatrist/therapist (when a player has a bad round) and the list goes on.

One of the most important and rewarding roles is that of the golf instructor because there are several “types” of golfers

and everyone’s swing is unique and different. Golf is a part of the lives of millions of people around the world; young, old, beginners, average and scratch golfers. The popularity of golf and its iconic players on the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour have driven so many average everyday players to try and emulate them, sometimes not realizing the time, effort and physical training that is required at such a high level.

One would say theres are some ‘standard’ categories of golfers. The weekend warrior is the golfer that can only play on the weekend and they are looking to go out with their buddies, have a few beers and relax from their hectic work week. Next we have the golfer who tries to buy their game by having the latest and greatest golf equipment, but have never had a lesson and they need 2 dozen golf balls per round. Then there is the driving range king who can hit the ball 300 plus yards dead straight on the driving range, but cannot convert on the course. Also, there is the Bobby Clampett clone who has studied the geometry of the swing in such depth that he or she suffers from the worst case of “Paralysis through Analysis”.

The point is this, in order to improve our games, we will all try and or buy almost anything in an effort to get better.

These players can enjoy the game of golf at varying levels but they get frustrated and tend to exert a lot of unnecessary negative energy into their game. Ah, golf lessons. Do you remember two scenes from the movie Tin Cup? The first one I remember is when Renee Russo’s character shows up at Tin Cup’s (Kevin Costner) driving range with numerous gadgets attached to her head and body designed to improve her swing. Tin Cup laughs out loud. Later, after he has qualified for the U.S. Open and has gone into a horrible slump, she goes to visit him at his trailer and he comes out wearing the same outfit of golf gadgets.

The point is this, in order to improve our games, we will all try and/or buy almost anything in an effort to get better. Before you get to your last resort and rent Dorff on golf again, look to your PGA professional. They have gone through a series of classes and seminars designed to help them teach and train you. Whether you are a beginner, single digit handicap or have just been playing bad golf for years, they can give you information and drills that will get you headed in the right direction.

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