It may sound strange, but most golfers don’t understand how to learn. They spend all this time practicing on the driving range, pounding thousands of golf balls and never give a second of consideration as to whether or not they’re being productive.
By productive I mean, are you actually teaching your body and mind to learn something new or are you simply continuing to reinforce your old, bad habits? In most all cases, the latter is the case.
Learning, as far as the physiology of the brain is concerned, is a very specific process that I discussed here: Learning how to practice golf. Once you understand that process, you’re ready to actually start laying the ground work for lasting improvement in your golf swing.
There are three key things you can do to accelerate the learning process of whatever it is you are working on in your swing:
- Be your own coach
- Use feedback tools
- Use the “tricks”
Being Your Own Golf Coach
The simple fact of the matter is that no one spends more time with you than, well, YOU! That means, you know yourself better than anyone else and you spend more time working on your own golf swing. Because of this, you need to know what you’re doing and how to do. The only other option is to hire a golf swing coach to hang by your side on every single shot you hit.
Of course, that’s not practicle, which means you better start educating yourself on the mechanics of the swing or you’ll have no idea what you’re doing.
Using Golf Training Aids
Let’s be honest, most golf training aids are junk. They were designed by some high handicapper as a way he thought would help him improve his own crappy golf swing. He then thought, “hey, I bet I can sell millions of these things!” Trust me, we get training aids sent to us every month to test, and the story is always the same.
Because of that, I’m extremely selective in the training aids that I use in my lessons and I never use or sell any training aid that I haven’t personally tested myself
That being said, there are several great golf training aids that I recommend such as the RotaryConnect, mirrors, camera’s, etc. That’s because these provide the kind of physical and visual feedback that helps accelerate the learning process.
Use the Tricks
Over the years, I’ve figured out hundreds of little tricks through years of teaching and experimenting with my own swing. These tricks help the golfer radically speed up the learning process and are something you’ll want to take advantage of.
If you really want to know how to improve your golf swing faster and how to practice, check out this great article and video on “3 Secrets to improving your golf swing faster“!