Sounds harsh. But it's true. So why do amateur golfers struggle so much when there is so much information out there? Technology is so developed that your miss hit shots go fairly straight. It’s not like we are playing with persimmon clubs and a balata ball.
So what’s holding you back from playing better golf?
The first thing you need to look at is your practice time and how often are you able to practice. And in that time, what exactly are you working on? Are you out there ripping drivers and working on something you overheard Martin Hall said on the Golf Channel because you have no idea what to do with your actual game?
I would say that is most likely the case. I see it almost daily on the driving range and even from first time students I see saying, “Well I saw on the Golf Channel…”. The most important aspect of golf is to understand your game. Why do you hit the shots you hit and how and why you need to fix it. This speeds up the process and gets you on the right track to playing more consistent golf.
Hate to break it to you, but your not Adam Scott or Dustin Johnson. Trying to copy and emulate what they do is only holding you back.
The second thing to look at would be course management. How many fairways and greens are you hitting a round? How many putts do you average a round? This is pretty important information to look at and can show you exactly what is going on. Most of the time it's pretty clear. Example, hitting drivers when you shouldn’t, trying to hit a draw to a back left pin when you predominantly hit a fade… the list goes on and on.
As a coach, my goal is to get my players understanding their own game. The only way to really improve is to know your natural tendencies and how you can correct them. Get away from the tv and reading Golf Digest and starting understanding your game. Sometimes it can be as simple as just “keeping your head down”....just kidding.