A very profound concept is missing in most golfers minds, and it all
starts with a simple question. What is your job? Now, you've probably
never been asked that question about your golf game. The usual answers
a person would give actually have nothing to do with your real JOB as
a golfer. Here are some common answers.
"To put the ball in the hole."
"To hit the ball."
"To shoot a good score."
"To make my wife angry."
Although all of these seem to fit the bill, might I invite you to look
at the game in a much simpler way. Lets break it down into very finite
There are 4 things involved with every golf shot. The environment
(which includes the hole), ball, club, and you. Now each one of these
performs a specific function or JOB. It is the environment's job to
get in the way of the ball, again this includes the hole. It is the
ball's job to get in the way of the club. It's the clubs job to strike
the ball...... so what then is YOUR JOB since all those other
responsibilities are taken. The answer, to swing the club.
If your job is to just swing the club, why would you be so concerned
with all those other things? It's not your job to put it in the hole,
in fact it's the holes job to get in the way of the ball. It's not
your job to HIT THE BALL, that is the club's job. You have NO CONTROL
OVER IT!! What a relief this is! The ONLY thing you have to control or
even worry about is to swing a golf club. That's it.
Well now that we've got all that cleared up. How about I ask you
another question. What is a "swing"? Now, before you go and pull out
the dictionary I want you to actually write down your definition, I'll
tell you what Webster says in a minute... but lets ponder this
question for just a moment. When was the last time you actually
thought about what a "swing"
is? As we just discovered, it's YOUR JOB. Since it is your job, seems
like a rather big oversight to not thoroughly understand what a SWING
is, don't you think?
So here we go, the answer to it all.....
Swing - A backward and forward circular motion.
That's it, that's your job. To make a backward and forward circular
Preferably with the club. There are many more clarifications that are
important which I go over in my first lesson with every student. Your
ONLY job is to make a swing, and the definition of your job is to
"Make a backward and forward circular motion with the club."
The better what you do matches the definition of your job, the better
you are performing your job, and the better your scores will be. (And
if you get really good the wife WANTS you to do it!)
In my next article I will expand on this idea some more but I promise
you that the further you explore this basic idea, the deeper your
understanding of every aspect of your game. This especially includes
your mentality on the golf course. I encourage you to look up each of
those words that make up your job description and ponder each one
individually. Your game will improve leaps and bounds with each new
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