Are You Making The Most Of Your Training Sessions?

Why do we train? What does training mean?

The main goal of any training, including golf training, is CHANGE.

You come to a practice session to get rid of some weakness in your game or to improve some skills. In either case, you want to change the current condition.

Your current condition might be that you are unable to draw the ball. So, you come to a golf training session to work on this technical skill.

Or your current condition might be that you are not good at knowing your distances. So, you come to a golf training session to improve this strategic part of your game.

The current condition that you want to change can also be mental. Perhaps you cannot keep concentration for a long time, and you want to train yourself to become better at doing so.

So, how do we change our current condition to a new, desired state?

Let's first see how you don't change it - or how you achieve but a minimal improvement.

Let's use the example of being bad at 5 foot putts. So, you decide to practice putting.

If you practice putting forth a 70% focussed effort in the drill (i.e., holing 70/100 5 foot putts), you are telling your body, that there is NO NEED to change that 70 percent is ok.

To really train, you have to get out of your comfort zone and force yourself into very uncomfortable states. By doing this, you tell your body or mind to adapt.

Perhaps the most common example is bodybuilding. In order to grow muscle, you need to lift weights that are uncomfortable for you. It's really hard to lift them, and you can do only a few repetitions.

That way your muscles are getting the message that they are not good enough in this current state. So, the body starts the process of growing more muscle in order to meet the demands that you put on your muscles every day.

It's the same in golf training: you need to put yourself into uncomfortable situations in order to change your current state into what you want.

That is often the role of a golf coach. You might think that I, as a golf coach, help players. Not really.

I create problems for them so that they adapt and consequently improve. It is crucial that the player understands the process of golf training and how to use it.

A coach can create golf drills and exercises, with competition or other means of motivating players, but the PLAYERS must push and force themselves into uncomfortable feelings and states to start the changing process in their bodies and minds.

There is one other goal of golf training - to maintain the current state if it has reached its maximum.

In the case of mental training - let's say concentration - you must constantly demand focus for long periods to maintain your ability to concentrate.

The body and mind are always looking to conserve energy. And having big, strong muscles but no need to use them is inefficient in nature.

So, as soon as you stop asking 100% of your abilities, they diminish.

In summary, golf training has two main goals:

1. To achieve change in your body and mind. You can achieve that by pushing yourself into uncomfortable feelings and states, which "tell" your body and mind to adapt.

2. To maintain the current state if it has reached its maximum potential. Again, you need to demand 100% effort from your body and mind to maintain this maximum potential. Otherwise they will change back to a state that is sufficient for current demands.

That's how to achieve the fastest and biggest change of your current state.

Motivation. Without it, the player will not push into these uncomfortable feelings/states and therefore will either not improve or improve at a very low rate.

That's why only players with very strong internal motivation become top players, since they were able to endure hours and hours of grueling golf training, which in the end made them fast, fit, mentally tough masters of golf technique and strategy.