How to play better golf – The Complete Approach

How to play better golf

Almost all golfers ask how to play better golf since the game is a constant challenge. At times the journey is enjoyable and at other times it can be difficult and frustrating. Many amateur golfers are predominately focused on their swing or equipment and often blame one or the other if they don’t play well. A new swing key or club can provide a temporary fix but it rarely provides long term improvement.


A complete approach to the game is needed if players want to play better golf on a more consistent basis


A revolution in the way players approach the game is needed if they want to take their game to the next level and play better golf. The completeplayergolf.com team has identified 5 essential elements of the game that form a ‘complete player’. Each element of the game is connected to another like a length of chain. The strength of this chain determines the strength of your game and the scores you are capable of shooting. When there is a weak link it prevents you from playing better golf and reaching your true potential.

How to play better golf with the 5 Elements

The five essential elements of the game are:

  1. Physical (e.g strength, fitness, flexibility, energy etc)
  2. Technical (e.g Set up, balance, tempo, swing plane etc)
  3. Mental (e.g Attitude, emotions, goals, confidence, beliefs etc)
  4. Strategic (e.g Target, course knowledge, shot selection, green reading etc)
  5. Technological (e.g equipment, loft, lie angle, bounce, club shaft etc)

 

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How to Play Better Golf – Treat the Symptoms and Not The Cause

Golf is a simple game but there are many factors that can influence how the club is swung and the result a golfer achieves. This makes it very difficult to identify the precise cause of a result – this is why a complete approach to the game is necessary for better golf.

After an errant shot or a tough day out on the course most golfers blame their swing for the result. They say things like, “I was coming over the top”, “I lifted my head” or “I didn’t release the club” etc. These observations may all be true but the actual cause may be something else entirely.

Let’s look at an example to illustrate how each element of the game can lead to the same errant shot. Imagine a golfer slicing their tee shot into some trees. What could cause this shot?

Physical Perspective
It could be caused by:

>> A lack of flexibility and mobility

>>  Fatigue

>> a lazy swing

Technical Perspective
It could be caused by:

>> A weak grip

>> An over the top swing plane

>> An inadequate release of the club

Mental Perspective
It could be caused by:

>> Swing tension

>> Incorrect programming (e.g thinking about where NOT to go)

>> Mental swing interference from too many swing thoughts

>> Poor commitment from a lack of confidence

Strategic Perspective
It could be caused by:

>> Poor target choice

>> Incorrect wind allowance

>> Teeing the ball on an uneven surface

Technological Perspective
It could be caused by:

>> A Driver shaft that is too stiff

>> A Driver shaft that is too long

>> A high spin golf ball

As you can see there are numerous factors that can contribute to an errant shot or a slice in this example. To have the best chance of hitting your target and playing better golf you need to complete your game.

This means that as a part of your preparation you need to work on the 5 essential elements of the game and not just your swing to ensure you perform at your best.
For example ensure that you:

  •  Work on your flexibility and mobility in between rounds
  • Warm up before you play
  • Are hydrated and have some healthy snacks on the course
  • Regularly check and improve upon your swing fundamentals
  • Have a supportive mental approach: a positive attitude, balanced emotions etc
  • Avoid too many swing thoughts to prevent mental interference
  • Select small and precise targets in safe locations
  • Identify environmental factors that can affect your ball flight
  • Have equipment that is fitted to your swing

The Weakest Link

The weakest link in your game will break down first and prevent you from playing better golf. Once you begin to work on the weakest link of your game, you will begin to shoot lower scores on a more consistent basis. You can then focus on the next element until your game becomes ‘complete’.

Many players have a mental approach that interferes with their swing, blocks their true potential and causes frustration. Our research has shown that the weakest link and most neglected element of the game today is the mental aspect. This element is a foundation of the game since all shots first begin in the mind and it is the mind that controls the body.


To play better golf you need to control your mind so that you can control your body and your swing


The good news is that this element can be easily improved with an increased awareness and a shift in focus. After golfers have developed their mental foundation they allow their true ability to shine through and find the game more enjoyable. They are then in an ideal position to develop another element on their journey to better golf.

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