Why Is Golf So Hard?

by Eddie Kilthau on March 14, 2011

In 28 yrs of teaching golf, I’m not sure if I know why golf is so hard to play well. I have my opinions just like you do, but I guess I look at this topic through the eyes of an instructor. Let me share and see if you agree.

I would love to hear your comments on why you think golf is so hard to learn to play well. Whatever level of golfer you are, you have some expectations of yourself whenever you tee it up. If you are a beginner, your goal might be to make your first ever par. If you are an experienced golfer, your goal might be to break finally break 80 that day. Or, if you are a tournament player, it might be figuring out how to win your first tournament.

That is why golf is so cool. We all can improve, there is no debate about that. But not all golfers want to improve. Those are the players who say they are just trying to have fun, that “they are not trying to play the Tour”.  Well, I understand, but I bet those same golfers who say they don’t want to improve would also love to shave a stroke or two off their score the next time out. And those are the same golfers who bitch about their scores and cry when they don’t play better.

So why is golf so hard to play well?  Simple, it takes time to develop your skills, and most golfers are not willing to spend the time to get better.  I believe you need good instruction and time to practice and play.  Without good instruction, golf becomes a game of “which swing do I use today”.  But with good instruction and a plan, golfers are working towards improvement on a continuous basis.

If golfers don’t play much or never practice, there is no consistency.  Unfortunately, if there is no consistency in how much you practice or play, then each time you go back to it, you’ll just start over again and again and again and ….. So, if you want to improve your golf game, here are some helpful tips.

1. It’s a process and it takes time. If you only have one hour per week to practice, will you do it? It’s easy to blow off that hour and find something more important (or at least you think so) to do. And if you say you can only play once per month, will you do it? Easy to blow that off too.

2. Get more consistent. What this means is YOU need to get more consistent in what YOU do to improve. Schedule your practice and play time into your daily planner!!! If you don’t…you won’t! If you are not consistent, then your game sure won’t be either. So start with yourself first. Get more consistent in scheduling in your practice time.

3. Get good, quality PGA instruction. Without it, you’re dead in the water. Find a good instructor, get some help and then start in practicing the drills they give you. If you are in Arizona or Las Vegas, find a great instructor at http://golflessonadvantagecard.com.

Eddie Kilthau
PGA Professional

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