1. Confidence and 2. Consistency.
Confidence. Us golfers are constantly reminded of how fragile it is, purely because the game we play is so difficult! But what does confidence actually mean? The definition of confidence is “The state of feeling certain about the outcome of an event or occurrence”. So, what gives a person certainty over the prediction of any outcome? Evidence! The reason anybody would lack confidence in anything is that they have had a sustained period of time where their fears have been reinforced by negative results. It doesn’t matter if you’re Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson or Rory McIlroy, if you spend a week hitting the ball poorly and losing control of the flight, you will lack confidence in your ability.
So, how do you increase your confidence? You need to give yourself positive evidence, and that only comes from hitting good shots, which in turn only comes from having good technique through the strike area of your golf swing. This goes for Driving, iron play, wedges, putting, chipping….everything! To build confidence, you have to hit good shots. It doesn’t work the other way around, so get to work on addressing and strategically fixing your personal flaws. Get a Professional analysis and understand your swing flaws so you can practice in the right way.
This leads on to the 2nd big C: Consistency.
Regardless of a player’s level of ability and swing you can sometimes be astounded at how consistent they are. However, this doesn’t mean they are consistently good!
Consistency by definition means “The achievement of a level performance that doesn’t vary greatly over time”. Consistently good performance means to repeat technically good positions as often as possible. So, how can we give ourselves the best chance of repeating the same good habits over and over? The clue is in the question…do the same things over and over! It almost sounds too obvious, but how many of you can honestly say that you go through the same process on every shot? Do you think the same thoughts on every shot or does your mind wander? Do you give yourself the same mental instruction on every shot, or do you pick swing thoughts almost at random in the hope that this will be the “magic fix”?! The most common habit I experience on the range is someone trying something new, it works for a short while then no more, and then they move on to the next “quick fix” that works for a short while and so on…. Seemingly going around in circles listening to random tips and watching YouTube videos until they are so confused and nothing works any more.
The most direct route to consistency is to learn what you need to do to improve your game, and then go through the same process on every shot in order to fix your faults. You will very quickly start to see consistently good results…and what does that breed? CONFIDENCE!!!
If you believe you need guidance on your 2 C’s give me a call and we’ll set a plan for improvement straight away.
I hope you enjoyed the read and I look forward to meeting you very soon.