An increasing number of avid golfers arrive their first golf lesson after having tolerated poor play for a prolonged period. A high percentage have even said that they were on the verge of giving up and have decided to have a golf lesson as a last resort. Despite being at such an all-time low, I’m delighted to say that each person is now enjoying their golf again and are continuing to improve. It is never good to reach such a drastic stage with their game so here are a few tips to help prevent the same thing happening to you. INSTINCT Golf is a game of opposites and the cause is often very different to what your thoughts lead you to believe. This is true for golfers at every level and in many cases, if a person was to reverse their natural instincts they would be closer to improving their play. INTERNET The internet is a common place for golfers looking for help but it is full of random tips that are often conflicting or just plain nonsense. The same is true for advice in books, magazines, DVD’s and golf programmes so if you are looking for self-help, the tips you find can be a recipe for disaster.

FEEL Everything feels different when we try it for the first time and our senses can deceive us. When we base adjustments on feel alone it causes trouble as it encourages golfers to change the wrong aspects of their swing which can create even more problems that spiral out of control. TIPS A swing tip can help but they don’t hold up for long term improvement as they help the outcome and not the cause. It's like putting a bucket under a leaking pipe, it helps in the short term but eventually you need to call a plumber. PRACTICE Poor practice routines encourage poor play so if you find yourself heading to the range without a specific goal in mind, have little or no warm up, hit balls aimlessly or practice strengths rather than weaknesses, you will only succeed in ingraining your faults. In summary, we can all have an off day so there is no need to tinker with your technique but if you play poorly on 3 or more successive occasions there is something wrong so it is best to nip it in the bud before the problem gets worse.