“It’s not what you can’t do, it’s what you CAN do.” -Unknown
You may not hit the ball 300yards or have a high, soft landing flop shot, but start playing golf to your personal strengths.
From my personal experience, I was accurate. I did NOT hit the ball very far, but I could hit a 3wood closer to the pin than most people could hit their 9 iron. I also outworked my opponents. Spending hour after hour on my putting and short game. “Grinding it out” to keep up with the more talented players. The moment I forgot this and started obsessing about hitting the ball farther was the beginning of the end.
Here’s what you can do to avoid the same mistake:
1. Make a list of your assets. (i.e. Power, putting, mental focus, short irons, wedges, etc.)
2. Create a plan to maintain and continue to play to your assets. (i.e. Lay up to your favorite yardage on par 5’s)
3. Get help to improve your weaknesses. (i.e. Take a putting lesson, learn a more ‘golf specific’ workout, etc.)
4. Continue to enjoy all the aspects of the game. Both your strengths and your weaknesses. . .No one has yet to master golf, so enjoy the challenge.
Dodie Mazzuca is the Director of Instruction at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, AZ (Nov-April). She also teaches golf in Santa Cruz, CA (May-Oct). www.DodieMazzuca.com