We have discussed this before, but I am constantly reminded and want to bring up again and again and again when I watch “typical” golfers practice at local ranges and golf courses…. the importance of being DIFFERENT than the typical / average golfer.
First – want to remind you of a few stats.
1. The average male golfer shots a 97, female average is 107.
I assume everyone wants to be different than this – wants to shoot better scores….
2. Less than 20% of golfers get some type of “formalized” instruction, whether a lesson, clinic or school. And 75% of these 20% are ladies or juniors.
Meaning – most golfers are trying to improve on their own.
3. Of all golfers who purchase video type instruction, less than 10% ever watch the video(s). (Not just true for golfers, but video instruction in general.)
4. A very small percent (unknown exact percent) have a particular “model” they follow in their golf instruction.
Meaning – a majority of golfers are GUESSING when they are trying to improve.
5. Fifty percent of golfers who practice will get no better, 40% will get worse.
Meaning – only 10% of golfers who practice will improve. 90% will see no improvement or make themselves worse.
Meaning – a high majority of golfers have no idea how to practice.
6. The typical golfer spends 95% of their time practicing their long game, and less than 5% of their time practicing their short game.
If you ask me, I want to be different than the “average” golfer listed above and want to make sure every time I practice I am getting better – EVERY TIME!!
So – What do we need to do to be different?
1. Have a model you study, have a model you practice.
Hopefully every one of you is dedicated to the Moe Norman Single Plane theory. That is a BIG start…. being dedicated to this system – you are starting to be different than most golfers who are guessing on trying to improve.
The model / theory can be studied / learned by watching our Single Plane Solution DVD.
(And be one of the ten “percenters” – actually watch the DVD – LEARN something, study the model, get a good picture in your head what you are working on / towards.)
Understand and learn (everything can be found in the single plane solution) the:
- Single Plane Address Position
- The Pivot Point™
- The Mid-Spine Intersect™
- The Seven Positions and Movements of the Single Plane Golf Swing
- The Transition Moe – Moe’s Vertical Drop
2. Work on positions in the swing, short game, etc… Don’t guess on what you are working on.
Many times, if not most of the time, working on these positions can and should be done with drills that don’t involve hitting golf balls.
Learn / study the following:
- How Moe addressed the ball and why a bad foundation causes inconsistency and poor ball-striking
- How to feel and master the perfect address position
- How to learn the ideal positions the golf swing
- How to make the proper swing positions with the PVC Drill
- How to know what ideal positions feel like with a golf club
- How to work on the proper lower body, leg and knee movement during the swing.
- How to feel the proper shoulder and club plane
- The importance of proper spine positioning
Consider the GGA Coaching Program (at home) – Watch the upcoming webinar (November 30th) for details.
3. Every time you practice – make sure you are practicing CORRECTLY.
As stated above, 90% of golfers when they practice, get on better or make themselves worse. Do not be in the 90%.
When you practice – use training aids, check your practice with these training aids and check positions of the training aids.
These training aids include the Alignment and Ball Position Trainer, Grip Training Club, Leverage Bag, Short Game Trainer, and a few others.
4. Set Goals for Yourself
I would guess that less than 1% of golfers have ever sat down and listed a set of goals for themselves and their golf game. You might think this is only for the good / great players – UNTRUE. It is / should be for everyone.
Maybe you’ve never broken 100 – write down that goal and then list how you are going to do it. Write down 5 or 10 things that will help you reach that goal. Maybe working on your short game more, maybe working on a certain fundamental flaw you have, etc.. etc.. Maybe just practicing a little more during the week on CORRECT fundamentals … write down how you think you can reach these goal(s). Try and make a plan for yourself.
5. Actually practice your short game.
Practice your putting, your chipping and your pitching.
70% of your scoring occurs within 100 yards of the green. But a majority of golfers spend less than 5% of their time practicing this part of their game…. If you want to improve, you MUST spend time practicing the scoring part of the game.
Remember my saying – “I have never seen a good player with a bad short game, and I have never seen a bad player with a good short game.”
Long story made short… (as they say) – Please, please, please be different than the “typical” golfer. And that is a REALLY good thing. If there is anytime you want someone to think you are “different” – it is in your golf game.
“Different” golfers break 90, “different” golfers have a plan, “different” golfers know how to practice, “different” golfers will get better every time they practice, “different” golfers know they are getting better – they have a plan, “different” golfers actually practice their short game.
So, I am telling you to be DIFFERENT when it comes to golf…. and yes, that is a VERY good thing.