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An interesting human trait

golfers-waterI was listening to a business expert talk the other day. He made an interesting observation about being successful in business. His message definitely relates to learning golf and touches on a human trait that stagnates performance. Here’s what he said.

When you find something that works in your business keep doing it. I have found though that humans let ego and self-doubt get in the way. Just when they have an opportunity to take a giant step – they change. They stop doing what works or credit the success to something else. This is crazy and makes no sense.

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The White Zone

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The White, Grey and Blue Zone

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I have called the state most golfers play in the, White Zone. This is the frame of mind that cause most problems;

  • Concerned about all things
  • Mind spinning
  • Poor memory of shots
  • Confused
  • Overly nervous
  • Game seems difficult and maybe impossible

The White Zone is not where you need to be. It is using too much conscious mind and is stopping you from playing better golf. Golfers who play in the white zone will try really hard, think a lot about their game and care about their score. Seems like the right thing to do but rarely will they experience better golf.

The Grey Zone is moving in the right direction. This is the sate of mind you experience when you start playing better golf. But it’s not the ideal mindset because you’re too close to the White Zone. You’re likely to slip back at anytime and suffer poor golf;

  • One or two shots away from slipping back
  • Struggle to let go for any length of time
  • Do hit some good shots but the tendency is to analyse

The Blue Zone is what all golfers should be aiming for. This is where you enter the “zone” and will play your best golf.

  • A clear mind
  • Better able to make the correct decision
  • Mind focused on what you want to achieve
  • Not overly concerned about poor shots
  • Better memory of your round
  • Free from fear and extreme anxiety
  • Committed to the process

The Blue Zone is not an event. It’s a process that takes commitment over a long period of time. There is an accumulation effect. The more you do it the easier it is to achieve. So how do you achieve the Blue Zone?

The simple answer is by playing automatically. Subconscious playing is the only way you can get your mind is the correct place for great golf.

Check this page out if you want to learn more about getting into the Blue Zone.

A golfing confession…

The last few years have been good for me. My golf game has continued to improve and I have found a way to play consistently. For the most part I enjoy golf more and I’ve had my fair share of success.

But you can’t win all the time…

My last few matches for my golf team have been a bit of a let down. Not because I didn’t play well but because I didn’t win. Although it’s been a difficult lesson for me to learn, I now realise that I can do everything correctly but still hit poor shots and lose matches. Automatic and natural playing is not a miracle cure. It maximises your chances of playing well (winning) but it doesn’t guarantee it!

My confession today is that I haven’t been the best golfer I can be. Although I have been playing well – I’ve let myself and others down with my poor attitude and frustration. I’ve been expecting to hit the perfect shot at the perfect time. This is not realistic and is putting extra pressure and strain on my system.

Expecting miracles to happen is emotional evaluation. Emotional evaluation is letting your emotions and feelings override what reality is. When things don’t match this unrealistic reality you can feel angry, frustrated or worse.

I’ve taken my eye off the ball and stopped playing golf. I’ve been expecting things to go my way and when they haven’t my frustration and stress levels have risen. By expecting too much I have not been able to handle bad bounces, poor luck and the rub of the green.

To play your best golf you need some emotional detachment to what you’re doing. By letting go of all the baggage, expectations and stories you can break free and experience your best golf. It’s not an easy thing to do but something well worth the effort.

Good golfing,

Cameron

The Tinker – never going to make it. If only they would stop changing every five minutes

These guys are a golf professionals best friend…at least for a while, until even the poor pro’s patience is tested past normal levels.

The Tinker is always working on something new or trying the latest club or fad. He will try anything once if he thinks it will help. Money is no object. He will always have enough money to buy the newest of new titanium drivers that hit the market.

The Tinker loves having golf lessons, going to demo days and generally being around golf. He is the type of guy that will rummage around in your golf bag, take out a club and have a few swings. He might even say that your club is too heavy or light and tell you how to fix it. These guys are no harm (only to themselves) and can offer some interesting commentary on the world of golf…especially new equipment. They might even have a club or two that you might want to try out.

But the poor Tinker never makes the grade as a good golfer. He never gives himself or his system a chance to learn and get comfortable. He changes so often that he is in a constant state of confusion. A poor round will lead to a new putter or driver. A poor shot will mean a swing change by the next tee.

This can be painful to watch. The Tinker can be good at making excuses. You hear them all the time, “My swing weight is not right…it’s off by two points” or “I’m working on a new swing, haven’t got it just yet”. It’s all pretty pathetic.

The Tinker, just like the perfectionist, needs to stick to the basic fundamentals. Chopping and changing will never do him any good. If he could only stick with one swing method and one set of clubs for long enough he would save thousands of dollars and make a real dent in his handicap!

The Statistician – it's a numbers game…NOT!

I’ll be honest with you. I hate stats. They bore me and I don’t find them that helpful. Stats are just a representation of the game…not the game itself and provide no real benefit. At least this is my opinion.

Statistics are playing a bigger part in sport today. Commentators love them too. I cringe every time I see a commentator make a comment and then use a stat to back up his claim. Very often stats are misleading, not telling the full story. I hate them and I wish commentators would use their brains more and talk about more exciting things.

Golfers that are obsessed with statistics should be banned from the game. They are slow, tedious and often boring to play with. People don’t care that you hit 56.678% of back nine fairways on Saturday afternoons during summer. Really…they don’t.

The Statistician likes to hide behind his stats. When he makes a mistake or hits a bad shot he takes pleasure in telling you all about it…that somehow, because he now has a record of it that he will be able to fix it.

But this is rubbish! Knowledge is only the first step. You have to know the how as well. The golf world is full of people that know why they slice the ball or their chances of doing so…but very few have the skill to actually improve.

Statisticians play with a straight jacket on…they seem too scared to do anything out of the ordinary…they wouldn’t want to stuff up a flow chart or ruin an average would they?

Playing great golf can be a lot like playing on a knife’s edge. You are close to disaster at any moment…but unless you put yourself in that position you’ll NEVER experience the real highs that are possible.

Statisticians are too careful…they never get out of second gear. If you want to experience real golf then forget about your stats for a round or two and play golf. Don’t worry about fairways, greens or putts. Play golf. Hit the ball like you mean it. Just maybe you might start having real fun! And just maybe shoot a really good score.

The Special Case- I think I'm special, therefore I don't need to practice and change my game… but I still expect to improve

I think that every person has hidden potential within. So to some degree everyone is special. In saying that, some golfers are close to delusional with their own evaluation of their talents or learning capabilities.

Improving at golf is possible. With the right information and guidance anything is possible. However, you MUST be prepared to make changes and do some practice.

Some people will say to me, “Cameron, your system doesn’t work…I haven’t improved at all”. This is fine with me, I take no offence but usually I like to dig a little deeper. This helps me improve my understanding and ultimately my golf learning system.

When I’m in the mood, I’ll ask a few simple questions like;

“Have you read the entire program?”
“Have you learned to automate your golf game?”
“Have you managed to practice any of the concepts yet?”
“Have you played a minimum of three rounds with your natural swing?”
“Have you tried anything new at all?”

In most cases the answer to all is NO. I haven’t done any of that.

You can probably imagine my response. My clean version goes like this;

“You are not special. If you want to improve and get better you MUST follow the system. It works! Simply reading a few pages from a program or website does not guarantee you’ll get better. You are not special, follow the bloody system and then come back and talk to me!”

Many golfers expect miracles. I no longer think miracles exist, especially when it comes to learning a better golf game. I am happy to help any golfer improve his play. I feel I have gone the extra mile by providing so much free info on this site. But please don’t contact me and tell me this doesn’t work when you haven’t tried anything.

We all like to think we’re special when it comes to learning, but we’re not. The special people are the young ones. They are learning machines. Once we get to adulthood we lose the ability to learn properly…we think too much and stuff it up. My goal is to restore the child within you, and let you start playing the kind of golf you know you can…but please please please, follow the system!

The Quitter – is just about to make it but gives up at the last hurdle

It’s obvious, if you give up you’ll never make it. Learning and improving is NEVER smooth sailing. If you want to get better at golf then be prepared for some rocky road.

Some people give up at the first or second obstacle. It all gets a bit hard for them and it’s easier to go back to their old (and more comfortable) ways. This is sad, but a reality for many.

Quitters will often jump off one ship and on to another, ready to try something new and hopefully with fewer hurdles in the way. Unlikely to happen – never going to improve.

A good injection of self confidence and belief mixed with a clear road map is all many quitters need. Hang in there. If you’re feeling pain and discomfort it might be a sign that you’re close to making a real breakthrough.

The Perfectionist – a disaster just waiting to happen

Unfortunately this is all too common in golf today. The belief that high intelligence, over trying and a perfect golf swing will lead to better scores is just a sad myth.

The game is difficult, there’s no question about that, but many people take golf improvement to the extreme. They never come close to playing good golf consistently and they are always attempting to fix a part of their swing that probably doesn’t need fixing.

The perfectionist likes to practice. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just that they over do it. Their swing plane has to be EXACTLY spot on, their grip perfect and the ball flight has to be a carbon copy each time. The perfectionist’s endeavor should be admired, but they are nothing short of delusional.

Golf is not an exact science…it never has been and never will be. If you think that a perfect golf swing is the holy grail to a better game you are wrong.

Further.

If you think that spending long hours practising guarantees success you are wrong again.

Good golf requires more than just hard work. It requires knowlege and understanding of the learning process. Then you need a game plan for actually playing golf. The playing golf part is the most important. A great golf swing can only take you so far.

I love to witness a ‘player’ take apart a ‘perfectionist’ on the course. It really is a no contest but it humors me every time. The perfectionist can’t work out how a fat, old and ugly swinger can beat him. But he will be beaten each time. The perfectionist will console himself with the belief that “at least I know what I’m doing wrong”. But this makes no difference.

The perfectionist, if they’re to improve, has to realise that even a perfect swing can hit a ball out of bounds or through the green. It doesn’t really matter if you hit the left side of the fairway or the right. Hell, half the time it doesn’t matter if you miss the fairway!

Forget about being perfect. The game has its worse medicine for those that try. Lighten up! Forget about your swing, and trying to be so precise. Your dedication is a great asset, let it guide you in a direction that can help you have more fun (and for those poor souls that play with you) and just maybe find the golf game that you’ve always wanted.

Trying fails…let go and start playing golf like a school boy on the first day of summer holidays!

The Know It All – no one likes someone that thinks they know everything. It can be worse on the golf course…

…because you can’t get away from them! Your trapped for four hours or more if you get stuck with them.

The Know It All is a real pain in the bum. Not only do they usually have a poor golf game but they can effect your own game as well. It only takes one poor shot and their right on you, “YOU LIFTED YOUR HEAD!” or “your back swing was too quick and you couldn’t rotate properly through the ball”. SHUT UP! Give us a break.

TKIA should stop reading so many books and play with golfers that are actually better than they are. And no handicaps! Playing off a handicap when you are a self confessed expert is a big no no in my opinion. Seriously, if you play off 20 how can you expect people to take you seriously as a guru of the game? You might have had 40 stableford points… but how many strokes have you taken?

TKIA must allow their children and wife to learn from someone else. I hate it when TKIA, who, with only slightly more usable knowledge than a fly, tries to impart his wisdom on his children and better half. Give them a chance. Let them have fun with the game and not be bogged down by your shortcomings.

TKIA is usually harmless. They even probably mean well – but boy do they annoy me. TKIA is too stubborn to take advice from anyone. What really bothers me is when they get in the way of others and stop them enjoying and learning. That should be a penalty of two strokes per hole!

If you’ve ever spent time on a golf forum (I have given up!) you will be bombarded by TKIA. They like to impart their wisdom, usually anonymously, at every possible chance. I once participated in a golf forum but gave up when too many high handicappers knew more about the golf swing and the science of golf than the real experts. It really is like banging your head against a brick wall.

My advice to deal with TKIA is to ignore them. Don’t let them nag and annoy you. You have to let your clubs do the talking. If that doesn’t work then stop playing with them…make a list of golfers you won’t play with. I think every club as a list of these types of golfers.

Lastly, if you have a solid and automatic game you should be able to deal with all types of golfers that are not quite right. If they can’t get to you, and you keep performing well, TKIA will eventually become more likable. Better still, he may stop playing with you and look for someone else he can annoy.

The Gullible – They believe everything they read and end up on the golf improvement merry-go-round

Opposite to the Cynic, the Gullible believes everything they read or are told. There’s a sucker born every minute and there’s plenty of dishonest people ready to take advantage of them.

The Gullible has a house full of golf clubs, training aids and other golf merchandise. He is easily influenced by marketing hype and false promises. The second he reads, “drop your handicap by 12 strokes”, he must have it. He buys first and asks questions later.

The poor gullible golfer doesn’t believe in his own talent, and thinks that everyone else holds the answers to his problems. If he ever learned to trust himself he would take massive steps in his golf improvement.

Many golf companies prey on the gullible. Marketing hype and promises suck them in each and every time. They push his buttons and he can’t resist. The gullible golfer will have his wallet out quicker than a Brett Lee fast ball, hoping the latest device will cure his game. It rarely does.

The gullible golfer needs to learn to differentiate between good instruction and advice that can help him, from that which it totally useless. Good advice usually has a scientific background and has been shown to work in the past. Poor instruction has that ‘get rich quick’ feel to it. It seems to good to be true and it often is.

I feel sorry for the gullible golfer. They are usually motivated to improve but keep falling for the same marketing tricks time after time. If only they could take a step back and really look at what they are buying or trying. There are no miracles in learning to play golf. The more realistic you can be, the more chance you have of making real and long lasting improvement.