It is a Numbers Game
As golfers who take lessons from a qualified PGA Professional we would all like to achieve the same outcome “Improvement” However this word can be looked at in far greater depth. I am not suggesting your practice time has just suddenly increased by 5 hours! but your understanding and the type of practice your undertake becomes more deliberate and ultimately more effective
When we decide to embark upon a series of lessons I ensure we have a clear goal which is specific to my client and section of the game, when I ask the question “What would you like to improve upon? many of my clients reply “To become more consistent” I explain that there are a number of specific elements that are required to achieve this goal. This is where my new performance programme launched 2015 will become more apparent.
I would like to share a useful piece of information which has been provided by shotstohole.com which is a statistical analysis programme. I will be using another programme Golfdatalab as an option. This is fantastic programme for keeping and analysing scores, so please have a word with me and I will show you on one rainy day!!
If I suggested to a client that it would be beneficial to work on their iron play thus increasing the number of greens in regulation hit which is an important scoring statistic to know and understand. To measure improvement we would need to collate simple data from at least 14 rounds of golf as a starting point. We can then gauge improvements made during various time frames and stages by working on for example course management, club selection, distance control, technical issues or even club set make up. I think the figures supplied below will surprise many of you?
This is one example of one element of the game, I apply a similar model in my coaching to every sector of golf which I believe assists the acceleration of learning, improvement and enjoyment of golf.