Your Path To Better Golf Does Not Need To Be A Dead End

The golf swing can be like a relationship.  Every time you think you’ve got it all figured

out, everything changes.

When your swing is ‘right there’, it seems something always comes between you and a good round – it’s usually either your thinking, your swing or both.  It only makes sense that if you have a dependable golf swing, you have a much better chance of playing well.

Golf is a game.  The swing is not.  It, (swing), is what allows you to play the game.  Dumb, I know, but I would suggest you step back and think about this simple concept. It just might be the one thing that has kept your handicap in double digits.

I have found that when a person first begins to develop a golf swing or starts having swing problems, they ask  for help and usually NOT from a teaching pro.

Most individuals who are new to golf will take any and all advice they can get.  However, once the new golfer can get around the course and enjoy the game, their Swing Development intensity tends to wane in favor of playing the game.  “After all, that’s why I swing the club, to play the game.”   This attitude is understandable, but, my question to you is this:  have you reached that place with your game and swing where you are satisfied?  If so, great!  However, I have found over my 30 years of teaching, this usually is not the case.

Try this.   Consider making a couple of changes to your ‘swing thinking’, and I will almost guarantee you will be on the path to better golf.

  • First: The secrets to most swing issues are likely hidden in the building blocks of your golf swing, namely the basics.
  • Second: It is simply not enough to know your swing.  You need to understand it (there is a huge difference).  Know why it works, why it doesn’t.  Although most golfers know ‘why’ their swing doesn’t work, they just are not able to ‘feel’ the correct swing motions to improve.
  • Third:Track what you are ‘thinking’ when the swing is working and when it is not.  I have found that while the brain will not swing the club, it will influence how you move the club through the arc — positive vs. negative thinking.
  • Fourth:Make a decision to change your attitude regarding your swing.Either accept it as it is, or make the decision to change – both your thinking and your swing.
  • Fifth:Be willing to work on your swing by:

a) Finding a teaching professional who ‘teaches the way you process information’;

b) Be willing to ask questions. Most teaching pros will respond and try to clarify if you simply ask.

c) Be willing to practice.  I am not talking about 500 range balls a day. How about 45 minutes to an hour twice a week.

And always remember:  “If the path you take has no obstacles, chances are it does not lead anywhere.”

Oh, and that ‘relationship thing’?  You tell me if it makes sense to you.

Good Golfing!

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Author: Steve Riggs Veteran teaching professional of over 30 years working with clients as well as consulting around the U.S. and Caribbean. You can listen to Steve’s radio show, THE LESSON TEE, via streaming audio courtesy of WNRI 1380 AM Radio at NOON-1PM Eastern Time Wednesdays. Also download his Podcasts at and Read his latest articles in NEW ENGLAND GOLF MONTHLY magazine. You can contact Steve via

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