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Adapt Your Game

The ability to change gears in golf refers to how adaptable you are when things don't go according to plan. Do you have a backup plan when your original plan isn't working? To develop this skill, you need to be aware of what your ball is doing and how the conditions are playing.


Stopping a Slice

We all have a shot tendency that we think has gone away, but then it comes back to haunt us on the most important day. How can you stop this from happening? First, you need to be aware of the strike and shot characteristics that are starting to appear this gives you a baseline to make any necessary changes. Second, you need to have a good understanding of what causes that shot. Lastly don’t make any adjustment until the same thing has happened 3 times in a row. By adopting this type of feedback loop, you can adjust and deal with the shot in the best possible way.


For example, if you have a slice, you may find that you can hit a baby fade by playing feeling you are playing a big hook. It's not always pretty, but the ability to adapt when your swing isn't working is key to playing good golf. It's okay to use the 3 wood for the rest of the round if the driver isn't working.


The Conditions

No two days are the same in golf. The conditions are always changing, and so are we. We need to be accountable and adapt to whatever we experience on the day. For example, if the greens are slow, you may need to change your putting stroke. If the wind picks up, you may need to change your club selection and your expectation, try and predict what a good score might be on that day that the challenge is set.

Having a Backup Plan

It's important to have a backup plan when things don't go according to plan. Nick Faldo talked about having 3 different fades which was his way of changing the gears when plan A or option 1 wasn't working. What is your go-to shot or feel when plan A isn’t working? If you don't have one, get to work with your coach and develop a backup plan. This will help you to become a more adaptable and overall better golfer.


Here are some additional tips that may help you to change gears in golf:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to the wind, the weather, and the condition of the course. This will help you to make better decisions about your shots.

  • Be flexible. Don't be afraid to change your plans if things aren't going your way. Be willing to try new things and adapt to the situation.

  • Be positive. A positive attitude can go a long way in golf. If you stay positive, you'll be more likely to make good decisions and hit good shots

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