The Pyramid Of Learning (P11)
Your attitude to learning fits right on top of the pyramid, because with out this you will always be struggling to move to your next level.
Almost all golfers get frustrated and angry because they fail to live up to the expectations they ‘set’ for themselves. More often than not these expectations are hugely unrealistic; just because you have just broken 80 for the first time does not necessarily mean that you should now expect to shoot 79 or better everytime you go out to play. However, with the right attitude, knowledge and application, you could realistically expect to build to wards achieving a consistent level of scoringin and around this number.
There are some golfers who have no expectations what so ever regarding their game and who never set themselves a target. A recent survey of golfers by www.dizzyheights.com showed that whilst 54% had a specific handicap target to reach, 25% had no target ( butadmittedthey probably should have!) while 21% didn’t fee it was important. In my view, if you don’t know where you want to go, then you’re unlikely to get any where!
Invest your time and alittle money invisiting a PGA professional who can make an impartial and realistic assessment of your game and you will be on the road to potential improvement. ( A good pro will also personalise the knowledge you will have gained if you have read the first three levels of‘ The Pyramid of Learning’ ).
Knowledge obviously comes with experience and with the right support. The higher your interest in the game and willingness to learn and to practice new skills in the right way, the better your chances of progression and the more you’ll enjoy the game.
Going back to that survey, 80% of golfers said they had played forover two years and 65% over five years, and yet 46% of them had taken just five lessons or less since they took up the game, and only 17% of active golfers claimed to be currently having lessons. ( Think about this for a minute; professional golfers do not stop having coaching once they reach the dizzy heights of the European Tour!)
Even more remarkable, the same survey found that 94% of the golfers questioned claimed to have a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ grasp of swing basics ( i.e. the grip, posture, set up etc). Well, that’s news to me. Stand with any club professional on the first tee at your local course on a Saturday morning and you will soon see that is not are flection on reality. Unfortunately, where the average golfer thinks his game is and where it actually is can be along way apart.
PGA Professionals can assess your current level of performance, check the fundamentals set out in Levels 1 to 3 of my Pyramid of Learning, and agree goals for you to help you progress your game. They can help you ‘know yourself’ and your game; advise you on the right equipment and improve your knowledge of all aspects of the game.If you are serious about improving then you should not be a stranger to your local PGA professional.
Once you know what to do and how to do it, you simply have to get out there and practice. In the same survey 7% of players said they never practice and 28% only ever practice before around.
You will never improve unless you practise; and you will get out what you put in if you practice properly. Strive for quality not quantity in your practice sessions. You need to discipline your self to making your practice productive so that you can advance through the different levels of the Pyramid of Learning.
There is no doubt that you can significantly improve your golf game with only 10 minutes practice per day. While playing around of golf you will hit approximately 40 full shots. Given that each full shot takes approximately 1.5 seconds to execute, your engine is only working for 1 minute during a four-hour round of golf. I see many golfers fail to improve because they do not practice the correct drills or exercises. Ten minutes good practiceis better than hours and hours of poor practice.
Through out the previous levels of the Pyramid of Learning I have shared with you some of the exercises and drills used by some of the best players in the world to improve their game. Time is of tencited as a factor that prohibits regular practice, but I can guaran tee that you can practice all of my exercises with out going to the driving range or the course.