We live in the age of information. One of the biggest obstacles to improving your golf game is getting advice from too many people or trying every tip you read or see on TV or the internet. Here is a list of potential sources of information and my thoughts on their quality.
Spouses, Friends and Playing Partners
- Everyone is trying to help.
- People tend to offer advice from their own experiences. Most times their experiences are not exactly applicable to yours and therefore, their advice really doesn’t apply to you.
- Taking advice from a spouse, friend, etc. can make golf more frustrating.
- In short, unless you are married to or dating a golf professional, good friends with a pro or are playing with one, it is in your best interest to let people’s advice go in one ear and out the other.
- The Golf Channel is an excellent source of golf information. The problem is, you are getting the same information from several experts who say the same things, totally differently. As a result, you can become very confused when trying to implement their ideas into your game.
- Golf telecasts provide a great opportunity to watch the best players in the world do their thing. You can learn a lot from observing their swings and the way they play the game. The announcers are mostly very knowledgeable but again, they are talking about the same things in their own ways.
- Web sites offer many kinds of golf information. They can be very helpful for finding out about different golf courses and golf products. As far as tips and other advice on your game, once again, one person’s opinion explained in their words. Use web sites and chat rooms for information about where to play and products but try to resist the temptation to use them as a teacher.
- “Ask the Pro” or personalized lessons are a little better but you are still relying on the advice of someone who can’t see you
- Publications such as “Golf Magazine” and “Golf Digest” can also be great sources of information. You have to be careful when reading the instructional articles because they have different contributors each month and once again, the advice is from a golf expert but may confuse you when compared to last month’s articles. Read them for entertainment and enjoy the great pictures but be careful!!
- Books are a terrific way to learn about golf. The good ones are written by experienced Teaching Professionals and will usually take you from the very beginning all the way to very advanced topics. Books are potentially less confusing because they offer one persons views. They are still lacking in that the author can’t jump off the page and give you the specific instruction you need at any given moment, it is up to you to decide which page you should be on.
- I really feel that getting some instruction from a certified CPGA Golf Professional is the best way to get started or most efficient way to improve your game.
- Keep in mind, the Teaching Professional you choose is going to have a big impact on your golfing enjoyment so choose carefully. Find an instructor you trust and understand and stick with them. Going from teacher to teacher is like trying to learn from all the different instructors on The Golf Channel. This is the perfect recipe for confusion and frustration.
As you can tell, there are a lot of sources for golf information. It is important for you to find one source and stick with it. Whether it is an instructor in your hometown, a particular golf book, one instructor on The Golf Channel every Monday night or your horoscope, find a source which helps you improve and stick with it.