Keep your back straight. Stick your butt out. Keep your chin up. Cock your head to the right. Turn with your shoulders. Take the club on the outside going back. Take the club on the inside going down.
All of these details can paralyze the average golfer.
To be a functional golfer, you must have a repeatable swing. And this swing is made up of many different parts. But sometimes I wonder if we get too caught up in the finite details of the swing and lose sight of the big picture—putting the ball in the cup.
I know I have the golf game to shoot a 77 or 78. However, sometimes I’ll shoot an 88. When that happens, I settle my bets with my buddies in the grill room and head out to the practice tee to work on my iron shots.
But recently, I started thinking I should scrutinize my round more analytically before I decide to practice. It’s true that my iron play has been a weak link in my game, but there are other reasons I’m not getting the score I want. Sometimes my chipping feels like it needs work. Sometimes it’s my putting. Because practice time is limited, it can be difficult to decide which aspect of my game to work on.
I start to wonder about what would happen if I had more confidence in my pitching and putting. Would I feel less pressure standing over approach shots to the green? Knowing I could get up and down from anywhere might free up my tense muscles and confused mind and allow me to have a smoother, less stressful iron swing.
Analytical golf means getting away from this type of minutia and over thinking. It’s less about working on swing parts and more about improving your total game. And analytical golf is usually about compensating one’s weaknesses by maximizing one’s strengths.
Let Golf With A Purpose help you become a more analytical golfer. By using the journal, you can measure key golf metrics including fairways hit, greens in regulation, up and downs, putts per round and score per round. Once these metrics are recorded, you can thoughtfully analyze your game for the purpose of improving weaknesses and enhancing strengths.
Analytical thought leads to improved practice habits. Improved practice habits lead to better scores. And that brings us back to what it’s all about: putting the ball in the cup.