Why they happen –
Making excuses Is an easy trap to fall into because when you’re not playing well you like to think there’s an easy answer. The first thing to blame is usually anything but yourself and your ability to make a good golf swing. Unfortunately, the spoken word can influence even the most seasoned professional so it’s important to find the right solution. Here’s some familiar excuses and a few tips how to avoid them.
- The old injury
This excuse holds back many golfers from playing to their best. Find a way to work around the injury and develop a shot that works for you. You may have to shorten your golf swing, use an extra club or maybe adjust your set-up. Whatever it is experiment or have a lesson from your Pro to help you find an answer.
- No time to practice
One of the most common excuses for poor play from golfers is lack of practice or specifically lack of time to practice. Everyone is busy these days and it can be hard to make time to work on your golf game. However, even spending as little as 10 minutes a day from the comfort of your own home can help your game. You can work on simple drills or even practice your posture in the front of the mirror.
Everyone can find 10 minutes a day.
- New equipment
The thrill of using a new set of clubs is one of the great pleasures in golf. However, new clubs can take time to get used to … sometimes many months.
Different brands have different weights, grips, length and an overall different feel to them. Instead of making your new clubs an excuse for poor play, lower your expectations. Don’t aim to shoot close to handicap or lower, aim to shoot no more than say 5 over your handicap. You’ll be happier in the short term and avoid frustration. After a couple of rounds when you’ve got used to them go back to trying to play to and beat your handicap. You might be surprised by the results!
- Unlucky bounces
It happens after a player’s ball bounces unfavourably into a poor position on the course. My advice is to deal with it! This happens to every golfer from beginner to professional. When a ball hits an uneven surface such as a fairway it can bounce in any direction. We cannot control the ball after it has left the clubface so it’s best to take it as it comes. Don’t beat yourself up over this as it will keep happening until the end of time.
- Too much wind
The weather is out of your control so instead of complaining about it, embrace it. Making an excuse for a poor shot because of the wind is a sign of desperation.
We all play under the same conditions so you’re not at any more a disadvantage than anybody else. Learn how to play a lower, more penetrating ball flight so you can best reach your targets during a round. Work with the wind and not against it!
- Group in front too slow
Slow play in golf is a major problem worldwide and there’s no easy solution to the problem. It happens at the beginner level all the way up to the professionals.
Being slowed down by the group in front is no reason to let it affect your golf game. If it takes you out of your rhythm find a way to make it work for you. Perhaps use the extra time to work on a drill or just chill out. It’s not going away so it’s vital you manage your way through it.
- Left all the good shots on the practice range
This comes from the golfer that ‘claims’ to hit the ball wonderful on the range and then hits it ‘terrible’ when it comes to the round. No player uses up all their good shots If they practice the right way, they always leave plenty of good shots at their disposal. Focus on making your practice session as real to the competition as possible. In other words, add some pressure to your shots so you’re not just blazing away without a care in the world.
- Golf course is too long / too short
I have been guilty of making excuses that certain golf courses haven’t suited my game.
The key is to play what’s in front of you and make the necessary adjustments to suit the golf course. On the shorter fiddly course, it’s about taking the right clubs off the tee and focusing on accuracy. On the longer courses, it might be to focus on your short game to make up for the possible longer putts needed to save par.
- Always have a bad lie
If you play golf for long enough you’re going to experience a bad lie. It can happen even if you hit the middle of the fairway! It may seem unlucky or unfair but unfortunately is just a part of the game. Don’t use it as an excuse and learn to play from bad lies as well as good ones. This includes playing from different slopes where the ball is either above or below your feet or even from a divot. Don’t’ make an excuse and master every possible shot and you’ll be in a better position to execute a good one from wherever you end up.
Do you make excuses for poor shots?
Have you have said any of the above to yourself or out loud? Maybe you’ve heard some others. Get rid of these excuses from your vocabulary and focus on playing good golf no matter what. Golf will throw all kinds of tough and tricky situations at you.
Learn to work with these instead of fighting them and your golf game will flourish.