The best time of year to make that 'big' purchase of golf equipment for next year is now - during the fall and winter months
"I want to wait and see what's new so I can get the 'best' club out there" is the purchasing strategy many use. I have seen clients look each year for the 'golden clubs' and wind up with those they were playing with the previous year while they continue their search.
Here's a challenge for you:
Next April or May, take a look at the bulletin board in the locker room at your club or course. You'll notice it is quite bare except for the new handicap sheets. Go take a look in mid June or early July. I will almost guarantee you will see at least one of those $350-$500 drivers for sale. Why? Because, although it was the newest and best, it just did not do the job, as promised, for the golfer who just had to have it.
As you gear up to work on your golf swing during this off season, I feel compelled to say a couple of things about golf training aids
Golf Training Aids have greatly improved over the past 10 years. Most of them actually can and do encourage swing improvement and have come a long way since the days of the ball on the end of a string that attaches to your hat....to help you keep your head still....remember that one?
Swing improvement tools are generally designed to address one part of the golf swing, regardless of what the marketing companies would have you believe. They are designed to encourage the user to develop the correct feel relative to a specific piece of the golf swing. Then, through repetition you will hopefully develop a sense of feel for the move and thus help your understanding of your swing motion. That said, the old adage, caveat emptor or buyer beware is critical.
Everyone says your swing is great, but you just can’t seem to get your scores down no matter what you do
Spending a little time changing the way you think just might be your key to better scoring.
For the most part when your game starts to go bad, you tend to blame your swing mechanics for your bad play when, in reality, it is the way you are thinking that is actually hurting your swing and thus your scores.
Have any of the following thoughts ever come into your mind during a round? “I am playing so good. I hope I can get past that darn 13th hole.” “If I can just keep it out of the water, I’ve got a chance at a good round.” “I have to be careful here so I don’t take too big of a swing.”
Let your mind go through the Four Stages of Learning as they apply to the golf swing
Many golfers spend time practicing but never seem to have enough confidence to let the body or system instead of the brain swing the club. Thus, they are left with two swings; the range swing and the course swing which are quite different. One is relaxed and free, the other tense, jerky and off balance not to mention inconsistent. The goal of practice is to develop a golf swing you have confidence in. One that is repeatable and automatic. I submit the golf swing, itself, is a ‘systematic’ not a ‘mental’ process.
What to do
Next time you are practicing, let your mind go through the Four Stages of Learning as they apply to thegolf swing. Consciously remind yourself of those stages while you practice instead of ‘thinking’ while you swing. You will find that you ‘feel’ the different swing positions after the swing is completed. You do not have to ‘think’ about it while it is ‘happening’.
Does any of the following sound familiar when it comes to going to the driving range?
“My husband turns into a golf pro telling me I need to do what he tells me if I expect to improve. Even if I’m taking lessons, he seems to think he knows better what I need to do than my teacher. We almost always leave the driving range mad at each other and he has no clue why I am so upset. After all, he was just trying to help!”
Or this: “Men seem to swarm when they see a woman at a range. Trying to show off their ability and knowledge of the golf swing, they are always telling me what I am doing wrong. I think they could care less about helping me. They just want my phone number.”
And finally: “With so many people, it is distracting. I find myself watching others hit balls and without realising it, I lose track of what it is I need to be working on. Or worse, I’ll try to emulate others thinking what they are doing will help me and I lose patience, get mad and leave.”