Process

Most of you know that I’m all about consistent and systematic training.  I also understand that life gets in the way of golf, so practicing isn’t always on the schedule…. 

The best way to combat that is to KNOW exactly how to practice when you do get the chance.  It also helps to understand the PROCESS of learning, so you don’t get derailed when you begin to train. 

Let’s take chipping for an example.  When I train, I KNOW exactly what I’m working on: 

-a tension free swing driven by HEAVE and PIVOT
-consistent impact/trajectory control
-distance control

After a long layoff from training (anything more than a few days), I work on the process.  I FEEL the swinging arms being moved by HEAVE and PIVOT, I take TONS of practice swings bumping the ground, and I’m extremely aware of the swing in relation to a target I’m intending to move a ball to.  I practice and use FEEDBACK to monitor my progress.  How was impact?  How was my distance control?  Did I swing, or hit/steer/guide?  I’m not judgemental, as much as aware. 

Currently, after quite extensive layoffs over the last 6 months, I stink at chipping, to put it mildly.  But each training session improves.  I’m not fixing, changing, searching….  I’m constantly intending to work on:

-a tension free swing driven by HEAVE and PIVOT
-consistent impact/trajectory control
-distance control

The short game demands precision.  The smallest tug of the arms, or shift of the body can have devastating effects on impact.  If impact is off slightly, it can have a major influence on trajectories and distance control.  Being just a couple of feet off, often just a couple of inches can mean the difference between par and bogie, or worse…. 

The process will work.  Practice done correctly works….  It’s PRACTICE that allows the body to become more consistent if one trains correctly.  PRACTICE will fine tune the swinging arms, impact, and my distance control. And because I train systematically, I KNOW I’m on the ‘tracks’ to better touch around the greens.  That knowledge adds confidence to my game. 

Occasional practice done correctly will improve technique yet may not yield great results.  IT’S STILL WORTH IT IN THE LONG RUN!!!!  Practice done consistently and systematically guarantee better results!  Stay patient, and let the process work. 

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