The Magic Word
One word can explain why some people are successful at golf, finances, weight loss, and virtually any other endeavor you can think of. And it’s ironic that golfers overlook it, because it’s one of golf’s favorite words. In this lesson, I’ll tell you what that word is and how to use it to improve your game.
This Lesson Is For You If:
You want to improve any aspect of your game
Consistency is the magic word.
Imagine two people, Tom and Jerry. Tom takes a walk before work and again in the evening. He eats in moderation, occasionally having some alcohol or dessert. Jerry is sedentary except on Tuesdays, when he works out in the gym for two hours. He shovels down plates of food, except on Thursday, when he eats nothing but broccoli and chicken breasts.
Who’s going to be healthier: Tom and his consistent small efforts or Jerry and his feast-or-famine approach? Obviously, the answer is Tom.
Think about someone who spends too much money. If, on Monday, they brown bag their lunch, skip the trip to the mall, stay off of Amazon, but go back to their old habits on Tuesday, will their debt evaporate? Of course not. Good financial health is a matter of doing the right things, even in very small doses, every single day.
I could create scenarios in any other facet of life, but I trust that you’ve gotten the point. Every day that you do something positive, you make progress. Every day that you do nothing, you get further from your goals.
Find Ways to Practice
I hear the push back already. “I can’t get to the range everyday.” “I’m busy.” I get that. We’re all busy, and unless you have Tiger’s backyard, practicing is inconvenient. Don’t focus on what you can’t do, figure out what you can do.
One of the best things I did in the past year was to make a club I can swing in my living room. I bought an old demo 7I, cut it to a length that I could swing in my house, and threw a grip on it. Now I can work on my swing while I watch my kids or talk to my wife.
Chart Your Efforts
Jerry Seinfeld has a “productivity hack” that I think everyone should adopt. He has a calendar, and when he’s done his writing, he marks the day with a big red X. He’s said that once the streak grew to a couple weeks, he felt the pressure to keep it going, and it motivated him to write, no matter what.
You can use this same idea to make sure that you get a little golf in everyday. Whether it’s a full range session, some slow motion swings, or just five putts on the carpet, every day that you work on your game puts you one day closer to being the golfer you want to be.