Golf column: Slow and steady like the tortoise

When taking golf lessons we might expect dramatic results right away; if we don’t get these results sometime we abandon the practice and go back to what we were trying to change in the first place. I am asking you to stick with what you are working on; if the results don’t come overnight don’t be discouraged.

Joshua Breen, The Links at Northfork
Joshua Breen, The Links at Northfork

It takes many hours and hard work to develop good habits, especially if our body and mind have been thinking and doing something else for years. If we are expecting overnight results the expectations are unrealistic and thus part of the problem.

Be realistic; if we put in the time, the desired results will start to show up.

If you keep plugging away and bite off bits of the game, before you know it you are on the 18th hole and you don’t have to remember how many over par you are, because you will be under par.

A good rule is to work on one thing at a time.

Let your body and mind develop the new feeling and perception and be slow with it, make sure to ingrain the good habits.

Be patient with the good habit; it can disappear before you know it, so conquer the good habit. Once you have in ingrained, try the opposite just to see how it feels.

I like to try the opposite of what I am working; just to make sure what I am working on is correct.

An example of that is – if I am chipping and most of the weight on my body is on my front foot, I would switch it to my back foot to see what it does to the shot type. Another example is, if I am swinging really hard with my upper body, maybe I will swing slower with the upper body and try and use more force with the lower body.

I always try the opposite in golf just to see what it does, so I know if I am doing something wrong on the course I can correct it after a swing or two.

One shot at a time one problem at a time.

Joshua Breen is the PGA head golf professional at The Links at Northfork in Ramsey.

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