MATT CONNER'S GOLF TIPS: Be careful not to exaggerate

Matt Conner's Golf Tips
Matt Conner's Golf Tips

I was going to write about Europe’s performance in the Ryder Cup against America last weekend and what you could learn from the event.

However, last night I was coaching Jamie, a local golfer, who has put a lot of effort in to improve his golf this year.

Like most golfers he is busy with work and family and to set aside two to three golf sessions a week takes a lot of commitment and discipline.

The lesson last night was the reason I decided not to write about the Ryder Cup as what Jamie was doing is really common among golfers who are trying to improve.

When you work on your game you have to be careful not to exaggerate a new movement change in your swing.

For example, on Jamie’s previous session just over a month ago, he needed to improve how his arms worked in the backswing.

So he came back having actually played nicely over the month, however feeling his game was just starting to waiver, he booked back in to check his changes.

On observation, Jamie had not just improved how his arms moved in the backswing but had actually exaggerated the movement which then created a small fault.

Quickly explaining the problem meant that within a few swings he was hitting some great shots.

So even if you work hard on your game or just play when you get a minute, if you feel like your game is starting to waiver seek some advice to nip the problem in the bud rather than practising a fault for too long, which then takes longer than a couple of shots to get the problem ironed out.