Firstly, online golf instruction videos. In general, YouTube instructional videos are mostly misleading and probably non specific to what you really need . Now, that’s not to say there’s not some great golf instruction on there, of course there is. However, for the most part, there’s a reason for the adage “you get what you pay for”. If somebody is putting out a bunch of stuff for free on YouTube, what do you think the value of that content is and why are they really doing it. So, that’s the first reason.
The second reason you might struggle to get better is because you’re probably not working with the way your brain learns new movements. Now, this is critical because your brain learns in a very specific way and most golfers who are searching for golf tips and other random online golf instruction are sometimes unsure of how their brain learns. Well actually, most of them do know but occasionally just choose to ignore it.
Think about it when you go and play golf after a lesson or watching a golf instruction video and you’re going to think, I’ve got this and you do. Intellectually, you totally understand what you’re wanting your brain to get your body to do, but kinesthetically, your body has no clue how to perform that movement especially at speed, resulting mostly in poor performance.
Your brain doesn’t care if it’s hitting balls, just that it’s doing the movements the same way over and over again as that’s the most effective way your brain retains the information it needs to change the neurological pathways it needs to help you repeat new movements etc.
The third reason why you’re not improving and still chasing all these online golf instruction quick fixes but not getting any better, is because you’re not continuing to stick with the stuff that you’re working on from your lessons if you’re having them. That’s why I typically try not to see an average amateur golfer more than twice a month. Maybe Not the best business strategy, but it’s the most effective way for you to learn.This is because I know that you’ll need at least 3,000 repetitions to master a new movement. Doesn’t mean you’re not going to be good at it in 100 repetitions. It doesn’t mean you’re not going to be great at it after 500 repetitions. But at 3,000 repetitions is where you can start to do that movement subconsciously and consider moving on to the next stage of your swing improvement. It’s an standard fact for neuromechanics for how your brain learns new movement patterns. When you master it, then you can add something else. But before that, why on earth would you keep adding one thing on top of another on top of another and then expecting it all to work?
In the golf swing, we have tons and tons of little distractions. That’s why it’s a process. It takes time. for you to get better, you can’t do everything in a week, It’s not possible. You can’t possibly absorb and create pathways in your brain and get these pathways to work in such a short period of time.
Now, granted if we’re working on something different such as short game, I can see you back to back, ie If you want to do some full swing stuff and some short-game stuff the next day that’s ok. But any less than 10 days between full swing lessons is not realistic and actually counter-productive to developing major swing and ball striking improvements.
Fact is the average amateur golfer due to family and work commitments can realistically spend 45 minutes a day practicing. During that 45 minutes, on average, you’re probably going to get 100 correct repetitions. If you get 100 in, how many days is it going to take you to get to 3,000? which is the target number for mastering and ingraining new habits. Therefore, to become a better golfer, you have to work within the confines of the way you’re engineered. We’re relatively all the same when it comes to learning, and we have to work with the way our brain learns to create and retain new movements.
So basically, if you’re just looking at various online golf instructional videos or trying this tip one day, then trying the next tip the next day, or even expecting to have a lesson and see instant dramatic improvements, guess what you’re going to get, the same erratic results that you’re getting right now.
Think about it….Get the right advice specific to you, get the repetitions in and be patient. Trust me improvements will come. Good luck!