When I ask golfers what they want to achieve in their golf lesson, the answer I get most frequently is, “I just want to hit the ball more consistently.” For clarification, what golfers mean with this comment is that they want to play consistently like their good days, not their bad! Striking the ball well, and consistently, is a great goal to have. But it is easier said than done.
There are two factors required to hit consistently good shots. The first factor is technique, and the second factor is sequencing (or timing). Let me give you an example.
Player A has a technically effective swing. When her timing is good, she hits good shots. When her timing is off, she hits reasonable shots. There isn’t much difference between her good shots and her reasonable shots and her play is consistent.
Player B has a flawed swing. When his timing is good, he hits good shots – as good as player A. But when his timing is off, he hits bad shots. The range of shots player B hits is very wide, and he doesn’t understand why he can play well one day, but not the next. And therefore, he seeks consistency.
Unfortunately, there is no magical remedy for golfers seeking consistency other than improving their technique. With an improved technique, players rely less on timing to hit the ball well and therefore, even when their timing is off their play is within an acceptable range.
As the season starts to wind down, consider making the investment needed in your technique to be a more consistent player next year. You won’t regret it!