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The Way to think about Progress

What separates golf from the vast majority of Sports I have played is the tremendously high difficulty level. A single mistake, like driving the ball out of bounds,  can lead to a spoilt nine holes or the complete destruction of confidence in your game. This problem is exaggerated by the modern demand for results ASAP, which often leads to discouragement on the golf course when you begin to expect results without having laid the foundations for your game to come into fruition.  So what am I saying exactly? My message is very simple. Be patient with your golf game and don’t punish yourself too badly when you hit a bad shot or play a poor round. The images below demonstrate what it means to build something. They completely contradict the give it to me now attitude of contemporary society which can lead to excessively high expectations that fail to correspond to reality. Anything of value takes time to build, each investment you make into your game will pay off. Just give it time to come together.

It Starts with an idea:

It begins in the mind

It begins in the mind

After careful planning construction begins:

The construction Process

Work in Progress

Finally, after years of planning and building you are astounded by the level of your achievement and the solidity of your project/game.

Finally all that hard work pays off

Finally all that hard work pays off

If you constanlty revert back to the fundamentals of golf, constantly review your plan and decide which areas of your game need the most work, you will be amazed by how much your game will improve.

PS-Don’t forget the upkeep. Every buildings requires continual maintenance to ensure that it is safe and functional, so does your game and your swing.

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Praticing at Home

A lot of golfers don’t practice enough. In most cases the range is either too far,  too expensive, or simply too inconvenient to get to.  The solution to this problem is very simple…Build a practice range in your back garden.

A simple practice net

A simple and affordable solution

Three good reasons to buy a practice net:

1 You can unleash your driver without going to the range (or killing anybody)

2 You can find some really cheap practice nets that work perfectly well

3 You can work on your swing whenever you like

Of course setting up a  practice net doesn’t mean you can forget your short game.  To work on your short game at home I suggest purchasing a chipping net or simply using a circular object that can be aimed at. I personally use an upside down dustbin (trash can) lid.

Chipping Practice

Chipping Practice is essential for lowering your handicap

Finally, a putting mat is also a good buy if you want to take your game to the next level. If you are really skint then a carpet should suffice, provided you have something to aim for like a peg or a box of matches.

Putting Mat

Putting practice: the most under-rated way to a better game

To take your game to the next level, you have to take advantage of your home space. Tiger used to spend hours chipping in his living room, and almost every professional golfer lives on a golf course or has a personal driving range built into their back garden (their gardens are that big). Obviously not everyone can be so lucky, but there is no excuse not to use your garden as a practice facility. Practicing at home will improve your game and lower your handicap, making the game a lot more enjoyable to play.

PS-Make sure you practice putting. It is the easiest part of your game to improve and can take off anything between 1 and 5 shots in an average round.

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