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Can You Really Get Better at Golf?
4 Steps to Take on the Road to Improvement

4 Easy Steps to Getting Better

4 Important Steps to Take to ImproveImproving Your Game

Many students come to see me because they are tired of shooting the same score year after year and not seeing any improvement. They even set goals, take lessons, put in more time and buy new equipment but all to no avail. This doesn't have to be the case for you! You don't have to be in the trap. Not the sand trap, worse... the Insanity Trap... practicing the same thing over and over yet expecting a different result. Why do you fall into the insanity trap? Because you don't like change. Change is hard so I'm asking you to make a stand this year and embrace it. Try these tips for making a huge swing in your score.

  • Be Realistic
  • Be Precise
  • Assemble your team
  • Embrace the changes and practice them correctly

Be Realistic

One of the most well known golf mental gurus by the tour pros is Chuck Hogan. In his book "Five Days to Golfing Excellence" he claims that it takes 60 repetitions a day for 21 days in a row to change a habit. Bruce Lee practiced 5000 punches daily and that was just punches. That's not counting his kicks, twists and other moves. Dave Pelz the game's monster short game guru claims in his book "The Putting Bible" that it takes 10,000 repetitions to begin to form a new habit and 20,000 to ingrain it. So I'm asking you to be realistic. It won't happen overnight no matter how much you stress over it! This is a process. Did you know that the average handicap for men is around 16 and for women it's 28? It's been said less than 10% of golfers ever achieve a single digit handicap. You are already better than you think you are!

Be Precise


Now that you have an idea of where you fit in with your handicap, let's pick an actual number here. The higher your handicap the more strokes you can shave off quickly. When you get to single digit only 1 stroke a season is realistic. So for instance, let's say you and your pro decide 5 strokes is a good goal. Now I want you to be precise. With what part of your game can you lose 5 strokes the quickest? Is it putting? Pre shot routine? Physical fitness? Attitude? Direction? Distance? Or a combination? List where those shots are going to come from and set a precise goal in each of those areas. That's the exact purpose of our practice planner. To break down your game into segments, track your stats through the game tracker and then use the practice planner to achieve your goals in each area as efficiently as possible.

Assemble Your Team


Hardly anyone can do this alone successfully. Tiger Woods takes lessons day after day. What makes you think you don't need them? According to your goals, do you need just a golf instructor or maybe a fitness instructor, a mental game coach, or even a club fitter? MyGolfInstructor is designed to be your total team - helping you every step of the way in every area of your game. Tour players take a total game approach, why shouldn't you? We have all the drills, tips, videos, and articles you need for every facet of your game. Our Online Analysis and Ask Maria sections are your access to your own personal coach. The free Game Tracker and Practice Planner are designed to keep you on track with your goals.

Embrace the Changes and Practice Them Correctly

Honor your own word. You weren't happy with what you had so you set goals to do something different. Don't let yourself down. Confusion is a sign that learning is taking place. If you feel like you're not getting it right away... who does? That's normal. Just make sure you are making the new moves and not letting the old moves sneak back. That will only slow your progress. Leave those old moves in your rear view mirror. You don't need them anymore. Make repeated slow motion moves in front of a mirror. If you go slow, you will be able to feel what you are doing. If you keep putting a picture to a feel you will learn it much, much faster. You read it in the first paragraph...quality repetition is the key!

The Situation:

You are wondering if you really can get better at golf.

The Solution:

Taking the proper steps of being realistic, being precise with your goals, assembling your team and embracing change will put you well on your way to a better game.

Maria Palozola

Maria Palozola is a member of the LPGA and has participated in multiple LPGA Tour events. She has provided instruction to thousands of students in the past 20+ years and has won multiple teaching awards from the LPGA, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine including being ranked as one of the top 50 female instructors in the world.

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