To enjoy the golf game you need the confidence and success to produce your desired golf shots. Practice correctly will always be the avenue to your success. To take lessons and not practice afterwards is like buying a product and not using it to fullest. No coach will be able to guarantee you instant and continuous golf swing proficiency results without practices. Practicing is to master what you learn during your invested lessons. There are many studies into how long it takes for your body to incorporate a new athletic movement. Some say it takes 14 days to learn a new one, and 45 days to replace the old one with the new. Progress with players will vary widely depending on their learning style and the urgency to enjoy playing the game of golf.
Be patient, mastering golf swing technique takes time. Don’t expect miracles overnight. Instead, look for gradual improvements. Keeping records and charting various performance measures may help in identifying small improvements that might otherwise go unnoticed. Remember that small, gradual gains add up to major improvements.
At the range when you are hitting good shots and performing at your best, do write down how you did it. How do you feel? Where your confidence emerged from? How you prepare your shots? How you manage and engage your attention? What is your golf swing execution process goal. This is a very important asset that you can earn and nobody can take it away for you. In fact this is mental skill acquisition and training in sport science which all elite athlete practice. The term is called your Ideal State of Performance (IPS).
Try not to play too many different sports. If you divide your practice time among many sports, you run the risk of devoting too little time to any one of them. To paraphrase an old saying, you may make a reasonable showing in several sports but be a true success in none. This is neither confidence building nor as personally satisfying as being recognized as truly competent in one given sport. Please don’t play when you aren’t feeling well or are preoccupied with something else. If you are not able to concentrate on your golf swing technique and game because you are concentrating on other matters, you will not perform your best.
Stop playing when your shots performance are not get to where they should be. The mere fact is that it indicates your golf swing proficiency deteriorated. The frustration that you experience from confronting constant undesired shots can only increase the likelihood of further failure mentally and physically in your game. Take a break, go back to the practice range to get your swing technique foundation corrected or take a lesson. It is not productive to keep going back to the golf course and producing the same undesired shots repeatedly.
I have very high regards for players with continuous persistence to improve their game via practices. The game of golf is to play to your perfection on all imperfect conditions and environment on the golf course - a game that is played to challenge your goals outcome with your golf technique knowledge, experience, intellect, and wisdom.
My last note is to remember to practice and play the game for personal value.
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