There are several myths about golf that people use to figure out whether or not they will take up golf. Some of these myths are true and some are not. It is up to the person to test these theories to see if they hold true for them.
In this article we will take a look at the five myths about the game of golf that are true for everyone. Myths can range from issues involving equipment all the way to the tee that you are using to hold up your golf ball.
1. Keep Your Head Down
Golf instructors don’t like using this term because it doesn’t have any meaning to it. I think it’s so simple that it’s true. If you don’t keep your head down, you can’t look at the ball and if you pick your head up too early, you will never be able to make solid contact with the golf ball.
The two most famous golfers to pick their heads up are David Duval and Annika Sorenstam. Out of the millions of people who play golf, they are the only two known, successful players to pick their heads up just before impact.
2. Golf is All Mental
Golf is a mental battle every time you step up to hit a shot or a putt. Your mind is telling you one thing and your body wants to do another. My opinion is that golf is 100% mental because your mind is the ultimate controller of what your body does.
The best example is when someone has the shanks. It is all they can think about and they completely forget what they are doing. In the famous movie Tin Cup, Roy McAvoy gets the shanks on the range of the U.S. Open because he is in a mental battle with himself. Roy’s caddie tells him to put his hat on backwards and move some change to his other pocket and he automatically starts hitting the ball straight again. He was no longer thinking about the swing and just about how dumb he looked.
3. Practice Makes Perfect
There is no other sport where time spent practicing makes you better on the playing field than golf. This game requires a certain rhythm and timing unlike anything else and if you lose just a split second of that, it can throw your entire game off. You can never practice too much and you will be better off for spending that extra hour at the range.
4. Equipment Does Matter
With the advances in golf technology each year, having the newest golf equipment can make a difference in your game. There is no comparison between golf clubs from years ago and the golf clubs of today. Today’s Drivers for example, are so forgiving that it is almost impossible to not hit a straight ball with some of them.
Perhaps the biggest advancement in golf technology is the golf ball. Over the years the ball has flown farther, while spinning less resulting in amazing greenside spin and distance off the tee. Think twice before purchasing that new club because it is cheaper.
5. Getting Fit for Clubs Matters
Along with equipment advances, getting fit for a set of golf clubs can be one of the biggest benefits to your game. While manufacturers produce equipment that is the same for everyone, not everyone is the same. These manufacturers also provide fitting as a way to customize your equipment and improve your game.
Take the time to get fit for a new set of clubs because it will be the best decision you have ever made for your game.