Matt Conner's Golf Tips: Open reminds me of Rose’s persistence

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

The Open Championship is just around the corner, this year to be played at Royal Troon.

Whenever I think of the Open I always think of Justin Rose as an amateur at Birkdale back in 1998.

Justin Rose

Justin Rose

On the 72nd hole from around 50 yards he hit a shot from out of the rough into the hole for a birdie.

This looked like it would be the start of a great career.

Following this he went on to turn professional and unfortunately didn’t have the best of starts as he missed 21 cuts in a row.

I can remember watching him in early 1999 in the Middle East on the practice ground and he looked really impressive when he was hitting balls.

It was only going to be a matter of time before he made it successfully as a professional.

I think most amateurs can learn a lot from his perseverance as I often have golfers coming for lessons completely beside themselves as they are not playing well.

It was only yesterday when a well-known local golfer came in to see us for a lesson and he was struggling a bit with his game.

After a bit of time on his lesson he started to hit some good shots.

However, he knew that it would still take a couple of weeks of him hitting golf balls until it started to feel really comfortable on the course again.

More often than not, good golfers have had to go through the pain of playing badly many times.

So as much as they do not want it to happen they do often accept that they have to go through a little bit of pain before they start to play well again.

So for anyone who is struggling with their game take a leaf out of the good players’ books.

If you are not hitting the shots you want to hit, you are going to need to try and change what you are doing to improve this.

However, be patient and don’t expect it to happen straight away.

Go and spend a little bit of time hitting balls until it feels comfortable.