To say that there is a certain, correct way to play golf is to say that there is one equation that all artists must be follow to create artwork.  Art is personal preference, comprised of a mixture of feelings, emotions, abilities, beliefs and ideals. This also is true of your golf swing. Personally, I walk fast, talk fast, and happen to play golf with a faster tempo than most instructors would teach. However, this is what has worked for me and opposed to trying to change how I play golf instinctively, I have learned to embrace my tendencies and find success with them. You too need to make your golf swing your own.

This may require hours of practice, maybe some instruction, but above all – it requires patience and dedication. If you are one to easily give up, or desire instant gratification and success, golf is going to present quite a challenge.  However, if you are dedicated to the process and work to understand your golf abilities (both your strengths and weaknesses), the end prize will be a swing that you will have created and is owned by you alone.

Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 major championships and arguably the greatest golfer of all time believed that his, “… ability to concentrate and work toward [a specific] goal has been my greatest asset.” Nicklaus knew when we went to work on his game what exactly he desired to accomplish and went about seeking a process that would allow him to accomplish his goals. These traits and characteristics are something we should strive for in both our lives and our golf swings.

Nicklaus also stuck with primarily one golf instructor (Jack Grout) for the vast majority of his playing years. This allowed him to consistently work with one person who was aware of both his goals and the processes that he was incorporating into the manner in which he played the game. It is fine to switch instructors and seek new advice, but building a relationship with a professional who understands your goals and approach to the game will be of much benefit over the course of time.

If any professional tries to sell you on a universal approach or method, especially without discussing your physical abilities, or watching you demonstrate the skills you already possess, I strongly suggest you move along to the next golf professional.  These instructors try to fit the player into a one-size-fits-all golf swing, and although it may be of significant benefit to a small few, the majority of golfers will be left with little more than a head full of swing thoughts and higher scores.

Find a professional willing to share knowledge and tailor the lessons to your individual needs and abilities, and you will be well on your way to playing better golf!