By the end of the round she had a good picture of the work it would take to become better and had strung together a few good shots that she could own. Not my accomplishments, but hers. This is the “magic”, I thought.
I was tired and wanted to cry. I was angry, but realized that acting out with a club in my hand is what got me here in the first place.
I talk with Kevin Kramp (Head golf professional at Hidden Glen Golf Club) about player development and breaking 90.
Golf is a game. It’s a complex, difficult, fickle game. As you devote more time and energy to golf, you will inevitably, at some point, find yourself in a slump.
Some of us who watch golf have heard the term “Smash Factor”. Basically it describes how efficient the transfer of energy from your club head to the golf ball was. Stay with me here, I am going somewhere interesting with this. I would like to take this term and point it in another direction. At you.
Tempo and balance are two of the most important fundamentals in your golf swing. We often talk about them, but we don’t give them the time and focus they deserve. If you are in search of a consistent and repeatable swing, you need to practice your tempo and balance.
Playing golf is different than practicing. On the range you are loose and swinging freely. On the range you usually have lower expectations and don’t always choose a target. You also hit one club repetitively. If you hit a bucket of balls with a 7 iron, you should be hitting it well. You put all of this together, however, and it doesn’t resemble the game of golf. You can certainly try to play like you practice, but I propose framing it a different way:
Golf should be fun. When golf becomes a chore you need to mix it up and challenge your mind. Here are a few games to play on the course to expose your strengths and weaknesses, in the end you will have a better understanding of your game.