Originally Posted by nolo
The phenomenon in golf of being able to hit the ball long and straight one day and then every which way the next doesn't really happen in skiing, does it? Are skiing skills stickier than golf skills--like riding a bike?
The first thing to remember is that golf spelled backward if FLOG- a state we spend to much time in playing this stupid game.
A lot of interesting thoughts and advice.
One thing we must always keep in mind is that in the approximately 4/1000 of the second a ball is on the clubface we determine the outcome of that one swing. Once the ball is gone we are simply a spectator observing the outcome of what we just did. How far do we travel on skis during that 4/1000 of a second-not too far-and how much can do to modify the outcome of the prior input to our skis-a lot.
Do I think golf skills are more perishable than skiing skills-no. But I will postulate a repeatable, effective golf swing requires a bit more consistent precision than the average ski turn.
Last Thursday I throw a 70 out and three putted the last three holes. &^%$# . Today I couldn’t break 80-a different course, very windy, glassy greens all of which should be irrelavent-more than anything I was lifting my club rather than making a good, full turn-a common fault for me when I’m tired or tight.
Plus, into a gale I literally plug a ball under the front lip of a bunker on my approach to 4 (I’m even to that point)-I’m buried deeper than Jimmy Hoffa. I hit the ball as hard as I can (the trick is to square the clubface and steeply drive down under the ball hoping to pop it up and out-a risky shot-taking an unplayable and dropping further back in the bunker is the more logical option-but we pros all believe we walk on water and miracles are easy for us)-it hits the wall of the bunker and goes about 3 feet left into another bad lie. So a double ensues and I let it bother me for the next few holes. Just enough to add tightness to already tight muscles-death in golf
So many little errors get magnified in this stupid game we love. Let’s assume, for discussion purposes, your topping a ball consistently-you could be: 1) positioning the ball a bit in front of the bottom your swing arc, 2) getting a bit of a reverse weight shift, a very common golf difficulty (do you ever fall backward after hitting a ball?) 3) attempting to assist the ball into the air rather than let the loft of the club drive the ball airborne 4) your right hand might be dominating the swing closing the clubface down at impact-or 5) something else. There a so many variables that come into play.
One of the other little conundrums in golf is we rarely hit the same shot twice-and if we do there is a substantive time lag. So repeatability becomes an issue.
So the simple advice is too relax a bit. Jack Nicklaus once said people don’t choke-they over try.
In terms of practice-see a pro and double check you fundamentals-always good advice. Make sure his teaching style mirrors your learning style.
When you hit balls focus on one element for a bit-then move one-don’t become Ranger Ric who grooves everything on the range and can’t play a lick because range practice isn’t golf. Never hit the same shot more than three times-vary targets, vary length-imagine your playing a round on your course-OK my drive went there, now I need a 6 iron, now I need a wedge-etc, etc. And give yourself a two putt on every hole.
Instead of focusing on hitting the ball instead try making a great finish-weight on the outside of your left heel, right foot up on the toe and vertical, belt buckle facing your target-you have to do a lot of good things to get to that point.When all else fails put your clubs in a corner and tell them they are on restriction for 30 days-after all it’s always the equipment and never the mechanic!!!!