Almost all golfers around the world have been introduced to the game by someone who already plays – usually, a friend, family member, workmate or someone who played another sport with the new golfer previously – on the first tee of a golf course with nothing more than a quick.
“This is the grip, stand like this, don’t lift your head, just relax, keep your arm straight, don’t swing too fast, don’t slice it and hit the ball that way.”
Sound familiar to you?
If that’s how you started, you will probably recall struggling to hit the ball every time and even when you did – it wasn’t going straight very often, which made you feel embarrassed by your seeming ‘lack of ability’ at a game that doesn’t seem like it should be that difficult.
Like most new golfers, you wouldn’t have wanted to look ‘stupid’ in the eyes of
the other golfers by asking them too many questions about the game, so you would have just kept on trying the few things that you ‘knew you should do’ – quickly finding out that starting golf.
Was going to be a lot harder than you thought it would be.
The good news is that you certainly wouldn’t have been alone in experiencing what you did, as in actual fact you were just repeating the same process that I have observed time and time again over the more than 30 years that I have been involved in the game of golf.
In actual fact, I’m sure it’s been going on for most of the 600 or so years that the game has been played for and I can guarantee – that as you are reading these words – it will be happening to a golfer somewhere in the world.
This book takes a look at the 7 Common mistakes that almost all golfers make which inevitably result from that almost universal introduction to the game (and what you can do about it of course).