To learn and improve should be your goal, if you are not learning and working on improving you will probably be gradually getting worse!
So learn and improve but how?
You will not be able to do this on your own, how many of the best Tour players in the world have no coach?
They all have either a coach who works with them consistently, or a coach who really knows their swing and they see them for check ups periodically.
Tianlang Guan the 14 year old wonder kid who made the cut at the Masters, what an incredible performance that was, is going to work with Tigers coach Sean Foley very soon! He certainly believes he can improve!
You can always improve!
So you need a structured plan, an overview of things you want to improve.
How do you practice and work on your desired plan?
For example say you are going to improve your grip, how do you do it?
How much intensity do you need to really own your grip, your set up, get your alignment, improve your golf swing?
A lot, but make sure the time YOU can put in is not wasted going down blind alleys, listening to bad advice.
Get your club, a eight iron is fine, place your left hand on the club, I cannot in this post show you how to hold the club, I need to see your grip, but I will advise you on your approach and how to practice.
Once you have your hand placed on the club how you need it to be, look at how your hand lays on the grip, feel it, look at it, feel the contact points on your hand, close your eyes, increase your awareness between your hands and the club.
Place your right hand on the grip, mould it onto the left, check that is on the club the way you desire, look at your hands, feel the way the grip lays in the hands, feel the pressure points, close your eyes, sense it, feel it.
You need your grip to be moulded correctly and feel the club is a natural attachment to your hands.
Hands need to be Educated
Your hands as Homer Kelley said in his book The Golfing Machine, are the command post, they give you feedback of the club face, but only if you have educated hands, hands that are sensitive and understand how to work during the swing.
The great Henry Cotton was another who preached about the brain and hand to club face connection, this is an area of the game that has been in the shadows of late, its more popular at the moment to talk about hips, lag, biomechanics etc.
But how many top golfers have uneducated hands, and no feel of the club face throughout the swing? None of them!
I think you will agree they all really can feel what their hands are doing and where they need to go, throughout the golf swing.
This is what you really need as well, its your only contact with the golf club, you need to be aware, so your hands in time will feel more comfortable, they will be stable, strong, sensitive to movement, they will be able to give you accurate feedback and will give you a feel of the club face that you have never experienced before!
They will be trained, not two hands doing their own thing, trying to hit the ball!
To improve in anything you need good information, you also need better awareness, heightened senses, better visualisation, better feel, better planning, more focus!
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I see golfers doing exactly that on the driving range!
David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional
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